Job Description

At Harris Health System, we champion better health for our patients, their families and our community, by connecting them to an integrated healthcare system that provides high-quality healthcare. Harris Health focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, Texas, through its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Harris Health is a proud recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered medical homes. Harris Health's medical faculty and residents are provided by its nationally recognized medical school partners: Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer 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. 

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 area 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

Application Instructions

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