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

Job Summary - CORRECTIONAL HEALTH

The Director of Nursing (DON) is accountable for the operational, human resource, quality, and financial management of assigned nursing unit(s). This DON works with the administrative director to translate pavilion and department strategic plans and policies into a unit plan suitable to the unique operational needs. The DON leads implementation and evaluation of the unit plan and provides reports relevant to achievement of goals. The DON is accountable for assuring the Correctional Health Nursing Professional Practice Model (NPPM) is implemented and targeted outcomes achieved on assigned units. The DON provides oversight to ensure unit level care delivery, quality management, and staff utilization patterns are congruent with NPPM framework. In addition, this DON facilitates actualization of shared governance and practice level advancement of unit personnel. The DON has the authority to make all operational and human resource decisions relevant to his or her assigned unit(s) as long as decisions are consistent with district, nursing, and departmental policies, standards, and other Chief Nursing Office and Nurse Executive Council approved guidelines.

The DON responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care. As a member of the nursing leadership team, the DON 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 DON ensures compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations; national, state, and local regulatory agencies; and institutional policies and procedures. The DON is accountable for nursing practice that upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior. The DON mentors others, role models professionalism, and participation in activities such as nursing organizations, nursing research, the community.

Minimum Qualifications

Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:
a. Education: Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Nursing or related field required. Holds at least one (1) of the following in Nursing: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.

b. 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.
Other certificates as required by unit/service.


Work Experience: Five (5) years of RN experience with at least three (3) years work experience in related clinical area of practice.

Management Experience: Two (2) years related management/leadership experience is required.

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

Proficiencies: P.C. Word Processing

Job Attributes

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Analytical, Design, Medical Terms, Research, Statistical

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

Application Instructions

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