Director of Nursing

The Director of Nursing's primary responsibility is to ensure the provision of quality nursing care on a 24 hr. basis to the patients of the hospital in accordance with Federal, State, and Local standards and regulations. The DON will work closely with an associated Chief of Nursing Officer as a mentor and advocate. The DON is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction, and administration of day-to-day operations associated with direct patient care activities in assigned areas including continuous improvement of services to meet the needs and expectations of those served. The DON, with support and advocacy of the associated CNO, will drive, support, and model a service-oriented culture focused on employment engagement, quality, patient safety, service excellent, fiscal responsibility, and the overall patient experience. Ensures department activities and outcomes are aligned with the strategic plan and the organization's mission.
Job Responsibilities:
Maintains a working knowledge of current clinical practice and the regulatory requirements affecting that practice and exhibits the value of continuous learning.
Demonstrates an in depth knowledge of healthcare economics and policy as well as the role of the governing body in the organization.
Articulates and models an emphasis on patient quality and safety.
Establishes and enhances a culture of evidence-based decision making in clinical and management initiatives.
Understands utilization management and case management and their importance to the organization.
Demonstrates this understanding by effectively managing risk.
Strategizes and drives process improvements focused on innovative care delivery and/or operational models designed to improve clinical services, outcomes, patient throughput, and patient safety.
Promotes a patient-centered, healing environment.
Promotes the use and implementation of technology in the workplace in order to streamline operations, facilitate communications, and optimize work processes.
Monitors and reviews nursing trends, advocates for resources, and recommends operational improvements.
Develops solutions to address coordination, alignment, and integration of nursing services and planning.
Assures effective communications with executive management and regional associations.
Assures compliance with state and Federal regulations and accreditations.
Makes professional presentations to executive management, customers and the general public.
Provides leadership, supervision, guidance and development for staff, articulating and demonstrating an expectation for continuous quality improvement, as well as continually supporting and exhibiting company values and service standards.
Identifies and provides growth opportunities for staff.
Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards.
Provides all customers of organization with an excellent service experience by consistently demonstrating our core and leader behaviors each and every day.
Along with other members of the team, promotes financial stewardship and clinical excellence for the facility in both operational and capital acquisition processes.
Allocates financial, information, and human capital for improvement activities, ensuring the efficient delivery of cost effective services to patients, physicians, and hospital departments.
Establishes performance measures, assesses and evaluates operations, and works with department management to assure efficient and effective delivery of services.
Ensures and fosters a high level of collaboration within a highly matrixed team environment in order to coordinate activities, review work, exchange information, and resolve problems.
Champions, models, and promotes service excellence philosophies and behaviors at the facility, regional, and system levels to enhance the overall patient experience.
Establishes a shared-governance structure and process.
Maintains strong, credible relationships with medical staff, develops a community presence and builds connections with academic institutions.
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing; Master's Degree in relevant field preferred
Current NY licensure as RN
Minimum of 5-7 years of nursing leadership and management experience demonstrated through progressive leadership development and competency
Track record of strong nursing leadership that is customer focused and exhibits a passion for nursing
Experience implementing and maintaining a patient-centered, healing environment
Ability to partner with fellow medical staff to achieve organizational outcomes
Knowledge of national medical trends in hospital technology, quality, and patient safety
Skills to effectively handle multiple conflicting assignments, demands, and priorities
Excellent human relations, organizational and communication skills are essential
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