Dec 10, 2018

Site Nurse

  • Royal Caribbean LTD
  • CocoCay (Royal Caribbean), The Bahamas
Contract Worker Health Care / Hospital / Clinic Hospitality & Tourism Nurse

Job Description

Site Nurse

Perfect opportunities begin at Perfect Day!

Combine your experience and sense of adventure by joining our exciting team of employees in CocoCay, Bahamas. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is pleased to offer a competitive compensation & benefits package, and excellent career development opportunities, each offering unique ways to explore the world. 

Position Summary:

All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s brand standards, SQM standards, USPH guidelines, environment, and safety policies. In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s philosophy, The Royal Way each employee conducts oneself in a professional and courteous manner at all times. This consists of physical and verbal interactions with guests or fellow employees and/or in the presence of guest contact and employee areas.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the Island employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management. All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with the Company's Safety, Quality and Environmental standards.

To be proficient in all aspects and able to perform all responsibilities of an Island Nurse’s professional duties and lead by example in the provision of outstanding nursing care to guests and employees

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To promote the confidentiality of all clinical and medical information and to ensure that all staff, at all times, understand the critical importance of maintaining confidentiality of patient medical information.
  • To provide close oversight of medication and supplies ordering to ensure that the medical center is appropriately stocked, while ensuring that all budget guidelines and policies are followed.
  • To ensure that the narcotics and controlled substances are secured, dispensed and accounted for in accordance with all applicable US federal statutes and company policies.
  • To supervise and complete annual inventory of medical supplies, medications and consumable items and ensure all expired medications are removed from the medical
  • To ensure that the routine preventative maintenance of all medical equipment is completed and that records of such work are kept on board for audit and documentation purposed.
  • To ensure that defibrillator, critical life support, medical equipment and emergency bag checklists are completed as per company policies.
  • Cooperate with the GM in the different aspects of intelligent budget management and expenses for the Medical Center.
  • Provide nursing care for minor and major emergency situations for passengers and employees
  • The Nurses need to do a triage of every patient. It is the responsibility of the Nurse to immediately inform the GM when she finds or suspects that a patient has a life threatening condition or has any abnormality in the vital signs.  
  • Nurses have a variety of administrative responsibilities in relation to care of guests and crew and management
  • The Nurse will have responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of medical logs, crew medical records and reports. The Nurse must prepare for the Doctor's review and signature the following:
    • Daily Illness Log - Crew and guest Sick Lists;
    • Log of Shoreside Medical Referrals;
    • Infectious Disease and Diarrhea Log;
    • Narcotic Count Log; and,
    • Medical Supplies Usage/Consumption Report.
  • The Nurse must also assist in maintaining a proper inventory level of pharmaceutical and medical supplies, and prepare requisitions as needed for the GM signature.
  • The Nurse must ensure that all expired medications are removed from the shelves and are disposed of according to environmental policies or, if applicable, return them to the vendor in case that a medication has any refund value.
  • The GM will require daily inspection and testing of all battery operated equipment in the Medical Facility including the EKG, defibrillation equipment, resuscitator and the like. The Nurse will be instructed to discharge the capacitors of the defibrillator on a daily basis to assure proper working order. The Nurse will maintain a log of all weekly and daily equipment inspections.
  • Test the water samples delivered to the medical facility for this purpose using the method designated by Public Health (such as Colisure) and maintain a log of test results. .
  • Maintain current medical records for all employees
  • The Nurse's daily work schedule is determined by the Doctor. The duties may include the following:
    • Seeing patients
    • Conducting water tests throughout the island on a rotational basis.
    • Ordering medication, supplies and stationery.
    • Checking and cleaning equipment.
    • Preparing daily, weekly and monthly logs, reports, and forms as necessary.
    • Submitting necessary completed forms to shoreside.
    • Respond to Emergency
    • Medical Office Hours on a call day from the time the first guest arrives on site until the last guest leaves – usually 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Maintains Guest illness logs and medical notes. Completes all paperwork associated with various medical situations.
  • Maintains injury logs and fill out accident reports.
  • Maintains Acute Gastroenteritis log for U.S.P.H. or any port health authorities and reports as required.
  • Executes air and land evacuation procedures.
  • Trains and leads stretcher teams in Fire and drills, and first-aid training
  • Obtain and tests water samples and cultures for growth of Coliform organisms.
  • Performs weekly checks of emergency equipment and maintenance of all Medical Center equipment.
  • Sterilizes surgical instruments.
  • Orders medical supplies and equipment. Maintains proper levels of inventory through us of the AMOS ordering system.
  • Maintains current medications in lifeboat canisters once yearly.
  • Provides first aid supplies for first aid boxes.
  • Properly disposes of hazardous wastes and used sharps (needles, syringes).
  • Oversees and maintains cleanliness of the Medical Center in a clean and orderly fashion.
  • Actively participants in Crewmember education and training programs.
  • Maintains records and narcotic counts.
  • Ensures confidentiality of medical information.
  • Properly fills out and distributes all forms associated with the medical department.
  • Executes and has a good working knowledge of all paperwork associated with the operations of the Medical Center
  • Other related duties as assigned or as directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
  • Nurses respond to all codes even when they are off duty.

Nature & Scope:

  • The Nurse on duty will, at all times, carry a two-way communication device or a hand phone, ready to respond to emergencies.
  • The incumbent must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment; also, must be able to adjust to changes in schedules, assignments and deadlines.

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Communicate purchasing needs with the General Manager and review and maintain the budget set forth

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must maintain a positive behavior with Guests and Employees
  • Must work well with Medical Center team members
  • Passionate about hospitality and customer service driven
  • Must have a professional appearance and good hygiene
  • Respect for all co-workers and guests
  • Maintains decorum outside the medical center to the highest standards.
  • Excessive alcohol intake is unacceptable.
  • Pride in your work by creating positive energy, excitement and fun
  • Able to work 7 days a week
  • Demonstrate positive behaviors; smiling, being polite and courteous
  • Able to develop a camaraderie with team members


  • Current, and in good standing, Registered Nurse licensing.
  • Minimum of three (3) years post-graduate clinical training is required in the fields of Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Critical Care Unit, Surgery, Anesthesia or Trauma Unit.
  • Intermediate to Advanced verbal and written level of English is required.
  • Minimum of one year practical work experience in Advanced Cardiac Life Support is required.
  • Minimum of one year experience working in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care or Coronary Care Unit is required.
  • Minimum of one year experience performing Basic Life support until the physician arrives is required.
  • Must provide a chronology of all medical activities since graduation from nursing school.
  • Ample experience in shipboard nursing


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or foreign equivalent is required.
  • Valid nursing license from Country or State/Province of origin is required.
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support within one year of application, with renewal of Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification every two years from a recognized educational institution, is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests.
  • Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures. This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms and to effectively present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • All employees must be physically able to participate in emergency procedures and drills.
  • Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give instructions in the event of an emergency
  • The employee must have the ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

Environment on an Island is an outdoor environment where high temperatures and humidity are experienced.

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RCL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.