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:   

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 Harris Healths 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. This director performs duties of the Maternal Program Manager as outlined by the TX Department of State Health Services Maternal Designation program and has the authority and responsibility to monitor the provision of pregnant and postpartum patient care services from admission, stabilization, operative intervention(s) if applicable, through discharge, inclusive of the QAPI Program.

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:   

1. 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:
Licensed to practice as RN in the state of Texas
Completed and current in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) or an office-approved equivalent
Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.
Applicable professional certification in administration is to be completed within two (2) years, if not held at the time of appointment.

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

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


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 

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

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


3. Work Schedule:  
Weekends   Holidays   Flexible     Travel   On Call

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