REGISTERED NURSE 3 - 11162023-52803

State of Tennessee

Nashville, TN


Position Description / Responsibilities

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for registered nursing duties of average difficulty based on a wide range of circumstances and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the first full supervisory class in the Registered Nurse sub series. An employee in this class may be assigned to workdays, evenings, nights, and/or weekends in an institution, clinic, hospital, home care, or other health care setting. The RN 3 provides registered nursing care which involves nursing assessment and diagnosis, planning, implementation/intervention, and evaluation. The RN 3 is a member of the management team and has clinical responsibility for one or more units including scheduling, motivation, discipline, employee evaluation, handling grievances, interviewing, and staff development. Incumbents of this classification may function in a non-supervisory capacity if performing specialized work of significant complexity and/or scope. This work may include coordinating regional or statewide programs, serving as a subject matter expert, or functioning as a Charge Nurse or Floor Supervisor. This class differs from that of Registered Nurse 2 in that an incumbent of the latter performs at the working level. This class differs from that of Registered Nurse 4 in that an incumbent of the latter manages a nursing program or serves as an assistant director of nursing including administrative management of a health care facility.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience: Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse and experience equivalent to three years of registered nursing.


Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse and education equivalent to a diploma in registered nursing from an accredited school of nursing or bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, and experience equivalent to two years of registered nursing.


Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse, education equivalent to a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, and experience equivalent to one year of registered nursing.

Necessary Special Qualifications: Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Tennessee or holds a privilege to practice in the State of Tennessee under the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A valid motor vehicle operator license may be required.

Positions within DHS may be required to:

  1. Complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority;
  2. Agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority;
  3. Supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:

  1. Supervises the application of nursing techniques required in care and treatment of patients.
  2. Advises subordinate staff in policies and procedures.
  3. Observes employees as they perform tasks to ensure efficiency in work activities.
  4. Identifies exceptional performance characteristics through employee discussions and personal observations.
  5. Discusses methods to improve performance and motivate employees by discussing employee performance.
  6. Resolves disputes among employees following organizational policies and procedures.
  7. Implements corrective measures to staff for inappropriate actions through discussions, written warnings, and recommendations for suspension or termination.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  1. Informs applicant of job opportunities, duties and responsibilities, and state employee policies (e.g., insurance, leave and attendance, retirement).

Assisting and Caring for Others:

  1. Provides nursing care and procedures according to physicians orders and nursing protocol.
  2. Administers medication according to the physician's orders and protocol.
  3. Evaluates possible side effects and the overall effectiveness of medication.
  4. Performs BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and other emergency responses.
  5. Participates in emergency response setting.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  1. Prioritizes tasks based on importance, urgency, and other scheduled activities.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Reviews records to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  2. Prepares written work schedules.
  3. Interviews prospective employees to gather information of their work history, training, and education.
  4. Asks questions to assess applicant’s ability to meet job requirements.
  5. Selects applicants to recommend for hiring.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

  1. Evaluates nursing plan of care and makes adjustment as needed.

Train and Teaching Others:

  1. Identifies training needs of employees and writes manuals of instruction detailing procedures, policies, and/or regulations pertaining to a specified area of nursing care operations.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Assigns staff to work plans and activities by comparing the patient needs with the staff’s availability, experience, independence, and training.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Counts and tracks drugs, instruments, and other accountable items.
  2. Records all nursing care in patient files and maintains file systems.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. May maintain health care equipment, supplies, and inventory.

State of Tennessee positions that may involve driving responsibilities require candidates to meet the following minimum driver qualifications:

Please include your Driver's License Information under the Licenses and Certifications section of your application.

**Agencies may allow an exception based on other factors.

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