Director of Nursing Med Surg - Relocation Offered!
Company: MEDSTAR HEALTH
Posted on: September 21, 2023
General Summary of Position
The Director of Nursing is a member of MedStar Health entity-based
Division of Nursing's (DON) leadership/management team and is
responsible for one or more defined units/departments of organized
nursing and patient care services. Creates a practice environment
that exemplifies the values of patient care and implements a
patient and nursing care delivery system which puts the patient
first. Recognized as a professional role model who promotes an
environment that supports the goals, mission, vision, philosophy
and values of the Division of Nursing and MedStar Health.
Facilitates the cost-effective utilization of available resources
(human, material and financial) and ensures a high level of quality
of care that is consistent with established standards of nursing
practice for the patient populations served. The Director of
Nursing assumes 24-hour administrative and leadership authority and
responsibility for the management and direction of the operational,
personnel and financial activities of the specified
units/departments. Directs and coordinates the activities of
professional and support personnel within the assigned areas.
Coordinates these functions in partnership with the nursing
leadership team, Medical Staff and leaders of other
departments/disciplines and ensures they are performed in
accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar
Health and entity's mission, vision, and values.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Creates a professional practice atmosphere and an environment
of mentoring and professional development that supports
shared/collaborative governance and a high level of associates'
satisfaction as evidenced by outcomes data.
- Builds trusting and collaborative relationships with members of
the inter-professional health care team and leaders of other
departments. Creates an environment that values opinion sharing,
utilizes shared decision-making, and enhances associates'
engagement and retention.
- Establishes and maintains a therapeutic and safe environment of
care delivery that supports the framework of professional nursing
practice based on evidenced and to achieve optimum patient care
outcomes. Demonstrates responsibility for fiscal planning and
management of the unit-based budget. Engages in ongoing
productivity monitoring, adherence to prescribed annual budget, and
assurance of adequate availability of personnel and other necessary
resources to support the delivery of safe patient care and
realization of departmental goals.
- Provides clinical leadership through role modeling professional
practice behaviors and maintaining role accountabilities at the
level of the associates. Integrates ethical standards and SPIRIT
values into everyday activities. Supports the achievement of Magnet
Recognition or Pathways to Excellence programs as determined by the
Entity Chief Nursing Officer and/or Senior Director of
- Serves as a change agent, assisting others in understanding the
importance, necessity, impact, and process of change. Collaborates
with the Senior Nursing Leadership Team to seek and utilize
information to develop, implement, and manage a budget which
supports organizational objectives, patient care standards, safety,
high reliability, and quality of care.
- Hires, evaluates, coaches, mentors, promotes, counsels,
disciplines, and when necessary terminates associates, to achieve
behaviors aligned with MedStar's vision, mission, and values.
Develops associates based on their strengths and professional
advancement needs. Utilizes approaches and strategies that support
the retention, engagement, and recruitment of associates; optimize
patient care outcomes; and sustain the interdisciplinary model of
care (IMOC) and its related standards of excellence.
- Develops, implements, and evaluates departmental goals that
support the nursing strategic plan in collaboration with the
nursing leadership team and other personnel within the department.
Delegates certain activities to others within the unit/department
- Monitors and analyzes departmental performance data (e.g.,
nursing sensitive measures) and identifies and participates in
performance improvement opportunities. Ensures compliance with
unit, divisional, hospital/facility policies and procedures and
governmental and accreditation regulations. Takes corrective action
when deficiencies occur.
- Creates and supports a patient-centered care environment that
fosters optimal patient experience as demonstrated by outcomes
data. Communicates with patients' families and significant others
and acts as resource for associates in dealing with patient/family
issues. Investigates and follows through on customer complaints and
- Ensures that adequate materials, supplies, and equipment are
available in support of optimal care delivery and that cost
containment efforts are implemented. Communicates new material and
supply needs to materials/supply chain leaders. Participates, or
engages associates as appropriate, in product and equipment
- Oversees the development of unit specific orientation,
preceptor programs, and competencies for all personnel within the
department. Collaborates with nursing professional development,
practice innovation and informatics, and supports the
implementation of new programs. Helps design educational and
competency assessment programs to ensure the highest quality care
delivery and customer engagement. Provides associates with timely
constructive feedback on performance.
- Develops standards of performance, evaluates performance of
associates, and conducts performance management planning.
Identifies individual development needs and provides appropriate
resources to meet needs. Initiates or makes recommendations for
personnel actions. Maintains ongoing communication with associates
to review programs, provide feedback, discuss new developments, and
- Engages in unit/department-based activities that enhance cost
containment, facilitate capacity management and patient
flow/throughput, and promote efficient care delivery systems.
Actively participates in efforts to reduce patient length of stay
by collaborating with medical providers and other disciplines to
facilitate timely discharge planning.
- Participates in hospital/entity or system committees, task
forces, interdisciplinary forums, and projects (e.g., serious
safety event reviews and performance improvement teams) at the
request of Senior Nursing Leadership Team. Promotes a public image
of professional nursing excellence and represents the hospital in
community outreach efforts as appropriate.
- Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the
fields of nursing and health care through a variety of professional
activities including, but not limited to, reading the appropriate
literature, attending related seminars and conferences, and
maintaining membership in professional nursing associations.
Demonstrates accountability for own professional development and
- Assumes administrative responsibilities in absence of the
Senior Director of Nursing and provides coverage for other
- Maintains the ability to provide direct care for a caseload of
patients as required.
- Bachelor's degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited
- Master's degree in Nursing or health related field from a
nationally accredited program preferred
- 5-7 years of nursing experience required
- 1-2 years of management and leadership experience preferred
Licenses and Certifications
- RN - Registered Nurse - State Licensure and/or Compact State
Licensure in Maryland required
- Specialty certification from a nationally recognized nursing
organization in either his/her clinical specialty or Nursing
Administration within 2 years required
- BLS - Basic Life Support for healthcare professionals
- C-EFM - Electronic Fetal Monitoring from the National
Certification Corporation (NCC) is required for Perinatal nurses
(labor and delivery, antepartum, antenatal testing) within 12
months from date of hire. New graduate nurses or new to specialty
nurses (labor and delivery, antepartum, antenatal testing) will
have 15 months from date of hire to obtain the EFM
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to exercise
independent judgment on highly complex situations.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Basic knowledge of various computer software applications and
online learning applications, especially Microsoft PowerPoint and
Why MedStar Health?
At MedStar Health, we understand that our ability to treat others
well begins with how we treat each other. We work hard to foster an
inclusive and positive environment where our associates feel
valued, connected, and empowered. We live up to this promise
- Strong emphasis on teamwork-our associates feel connected to
each other and our mission as an organization. In return, our
effective team environment generates positive patient outcomes and
high associate satisfaction ratings that exceed the national
- Strategic focus on equity, inclusion, & diversity-we are
committed to equity for all people and communities. We continue to
build a diverse and inclusive workplace where people feel a sense
of belonging and the ability to contribute to equitable care
delivery and improved community health outcomes at all levels of
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