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About Us

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.

Job Profile


The Director of Nursing Strategic Initiatives (DNSI) reports directly to the Chief Nursing Officer and serves as the change agent for the oversight and implementation of district-wide and Pavilion specific strategic plans and programs.  The DNSI also has a matrix reporting relationship with the Director of Nursing Practice and Executive Advisor for Strategic Planning and Evaluation and collaborates to implement strategic nursing strategies at the Pavilion level.  The DNSI provides leadership, direction and utilizes creative approaches to engage staff and ensure consistency across the patient care platform for the development and implementation of programs and activities designed to promote nursing excellence, including such activities as sustaining Pathway to Excellence standards and achieving Magnet recognition. The DNSI is accountable for collaborating with DNSIs assigned to other pavilions as well as members of his/her pavilion leadership team to ensure clarity and conformity regarding expectations, responsibility, accountability, professional practice standards, and differentiation of practice. 

In collaboration with clinical and administrative leadership, the DNSI assumes pavilion-wide responsibility for coordinating all aspects of strategic development integration, including oversight for required applications, documentation, policies and other programmatic activities that enhance the professional nursing culture, relationships and the work environment. 

The DNSI is responsible for facilitating an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care.  As a member of the nursing leadership team, the DNSI 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 DNSI facilitates the implementation of the HCHD Nursing Professional Practice Model (NPPM) and achievement of targeted outcomes at the Pavilion level.  The DNSI supports compliance with standards established by professional Nursing organizations; national, state, and local regulatory agencies; and institutional policies and procedures.  The DNSI holds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior, mentors others, role models professionalism, and participates in activities such as nursing organizations, nursing research, and the community.


1.Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:

a.Education:Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Nursing, required.  Doctoral degree, preferred. (If Doctoral degree is in Nursing, Masters degree can be in another field)


i.     Licensed to practice nursing in the state of Texas; and
ii.    Applicable professional certification in Administration is to be completed within two (2) years, if not held at the time of appointment.
iii.   Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.

2.Work Experience:

a.Ten (10) years of nursing experience, including at least five (5) years progressive management/
leadership experience;
b.Experience congruent with DNSI role responsibilities;
c.Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, to include verbal, written, and computer skills (MS Office Suite);
d.Exceptional organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
e.Prior management or project management experience with attention to detail required;
f.Experience developing and conducting education programs, preferred; and
i.Previous experience and leadership with Magnet Journey designation process or Magnet accredited organization, preferred.


1.Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)     
Bilingual Skills Required:   No 
Writing /Composing         (Correspondence / Reports)

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

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

Benefits and EEOC

Harris Health System's benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System's benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.

It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless of political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.

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