Job Description

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966.  Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities.  Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements

The Administrative Director of Nursing (ADON)  Department is accountable for the strategic, operational, human resource, quality and financial management of a pavilion based nursing department.  This director translates district and pavilion strategic plans and policies into a departmental plan suitable to the unique operational needs of the assigned department.  The ADON leads implementation and evaluation of the departmental  plan and provides reports relevant to achievement of strategic goals.  This ADON also leads the implementation and targeted goal achievement for the HCHD Nursing Professional Practice Model (NPPM) for assigned department.  The ADON has authority to make decisions for assigned area and represent nursing in interactions with other professionals and departments in creating conditions conducive to meeting department goals.  

The ADON is responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care.  As a member of the nursing leadership team, the ADON establishes a setting that supports professional nursing practice and empowers nurses to provide safe, effective, compassionate, and efficient nursing care in collaboration with all health care disciplines.  The ADON facilitates continuous quality improvement through the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of departmental plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.  The ADON ensures compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations, national, state, and local regulatory agencies, and institutional policies and procedures.  The ADON is accountable for nursing practice that upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior.  The ADON mentors others, role models professionalism, and participation in activities such as nursing organizations, nursing research, the community, and bodies that shape health care policies and practices. 

Preferred candidate will have experience in accure care and ICU. Strong transformational leadership skills and ability to lead large platform, including strong physician relations, is also preferred.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Nursing or related field required.  Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field is preferred.  Holds at least one (1) of the following in Nursing:  Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.

Licensure/Certification: Applicable professional certification in administration is to be completed within two (2) years, if not held at the time of appointment. Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.

Work Experience:  Five (5) to Seven (7) years of work experience in related clinical are of practice.

Management Experience:  Five (5) years related management/leadership experience is required.

Special Requirements
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact), Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking), Writing /Composing  (Correspondence / Reports)

Other Skills: Analytical, Design, Medical Terms, PC, Research, Statistical, Word Proc       

Work Schedule:   Weekends,  Holidays,  Flexible, Travel, On Call

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