St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Executive Director, Nursing - Acute Services in Apple Valley, California
Reporting directly to the Ministry Chief Nursing Officer, the Executive Director, Nursing - Acute Care Services, has responsibility for the operation of the Professional Nursing Practice within Acute Care Services. The Executive Director, Nursing - Acute Care Services directs nursing services by approval and implementation of nursing policies, procedures, standards and staffing plans.
As a member of the nursing leadership team, he/she assumes an active leadership role interdepartmentally, with the medical staff, and act as a key representative in Acute Care Services to the community on behalf of the CNO as deemed necessary.
With a constant focus on whole person care, quality, staff and patient safety, the Executive Director, Nursing - Acute Care Services maintains standards and systems for care delivery at their ministry. These systems of care delivery promote evidence-based practice and are designed to support the management of productivity targets, patient acuity, and appropriate planning for and use of available resources.
Core Values: Demonstrates the core values of Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH): Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence, and Integrity.
Communication & Relationship Building
Creates a work environment that facilitates and encourages involvement of the staff in critical thinking to enact professional nursing practice.
Build collaborative relationships
Uses shared decision making to accomplish the organization’s primary goal which is service to patients, families and the community
Promotes implementation of processes and resources that deliver data and information to empower staff to participate meaningfully in clinical decision making
Establish an environment that values diversity in which care is delivered in a manner sensitive to social and cultural diversity
Provides and maintains effective communications with medical staff, the community, and all levels of supervision and staff. Rounds for improved visibility and to meet specific goals such as safety.
Represent the organization to non-health care constituents within the community
Represent nursing to the media
Serve on community-based boards, advisory groups, and task forces
Represent nursing at medical executive committee and other departmental / medical staff committees
Collaborate with nursing programs to provide required resources
Serve on academic advisory councils
Collaborate in nursing research and translate evidence into practice
Create academic partnerships to ensure a qualified workforce for the future
Knowledge of the Health Care Environment
Communicate patient care standards as established by accreditation, regulatory and quality agencies
Ensure compliance with the State Nurse Practice Act, State Board of Nursing regulations, state and federal regulatory agency standards, federal labor standards and policies of the organization
Adhere to professional association standards of nursing practice
Ensure that written organizational clinical policies and procedures are reviewed and updated in accordance with evidence-based practice
Integrate bioethical and legal dimensions into clinical and management decision-making
Ensure protection of human subject rights and safety in clinical research
Assess the effectiveness of delivery models
Develop new delivery models
Participate in the design of facilities
Align care delivery models and staff performance with key safety and economic drivers (e.g., value-based purchasing, bundled payment)
Take action when opportunities exist to adjust operations to respond effectively to environmental changes in economic elements
Use knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations that affect the provision of patient care (e.g., tort reform, malpractice/ negligence, reimbursement)
Participate in legislative process on health care issues through such mechanisms as membership in professional organization and personal contact with officials
Educate patient care team members on the legislative process, the regulatory process and methods for influencing both
Interpret impact of legislation at the state and federal level on nursing and health care organizations
Represent patient care issues to the governing body
Participate in strategic planning and quality initiatives with the governing body
Interact with and educate the organization’s board members regarding health care and the value of nursing care
Represent nursing at the organization’s board meetings
Represent other disciplines at the organization’s board meetings
Use evidence for establishment of standards, practices and patient care models in the organization (nurse sensitive outcomes)
Design feedback mechanisms by which to adapt practice based upon outcomes from current processes
Design and interpret outcome measures
Disseminate research findings to patient care team members
Allocate nursing resources based on measurement of patient acuity/care needed
Monitor and address nurse sensitive outcomes and satisfaction indicators
Support the development of an organization-wide patient safety program
Use knowledge of patient safety science (e.g., human factors, complex adaptive systems, LEAN and Six Sigma, high reliability organization)
Monitor clinical activities to identify both expected and unexpected risks
Support a Just Culture (non-punitive) reporting environment, supporting a reward system for identifying unsafe practices
Support safety surveys, responding and acting on safety recommendations
Address ideas, beliefs or viewpoints that should be given serious consideration
Recognize one’s own method of decision making and the role of beliefs, values and inferences
Apply critical analysis to organizational issues after a review of the evidence
Maintain curiosity and an eagerness to explore new knowledge and ideas
Promote nursing leadership as both a science and an art
Demonstrate reflective practice and an understanding that all leadership begins from within
Provide visionary thinking on issues that impact the health care organization
Provide visionary thinking on issues that impact the healthcare organization
Recognize the contribution of mental models on behavior
Promote systems thinking as an expectation of leaders and staff
Consider the impact of nursing decisions on the healthcare organization as a whole
Develop a leadership succession plan
Promote nursing leadership as a desirable specialty
Mentor current and future nurse leaders
Establish mechanisms that provide for early identification and mentoring of staff with leadership potential
Develop a workforce analysis plan and implement strategies to ensure an adequate and qualified workforce
Hold self and others accountable for mutual professional expectations and outcomes
Contribute to the advancement of the profession
Participate in and contribute to professional organizations
Demonstrate and promote leader and staff participation in professional organizations
Promote leader and staff participation in lifelong learning and educational achievement
Promote professional certification for staff
Role model standards of professional practice (clinical, educational and leadership) for colleagues and constituents
Coach others in developing their own career plans
Seek input and mentorship from others in career planning and development
Develop a personal and professional career plan and measure progress
Solicit feedback about personal strengths and weaknesses
Act on feedback about personal strengths and weaknesses
Uphold ethical principles and corporate compliance standards
Hold self and staff accountable to comply with ethical standards of practice
Discuss, resolve and learn from ethical dilemmas
Promote clinical perspective in organizational decisions
Involve nurses and other staff in decisions that affect their practice
Represent the perspective of patients and families
Advocate for optimal health care in the community
Develop and manage an annual operating budget and long-term capital expenditure plan
Use business models for health care organizations and apply fundamental concepts of economics
Interpret financial statements
Manage financial resources
Ensure the use of accurate charging mechanisms
Educate patient care team members on financial implications of patient care decisions
Participate in the negotiation and monitoring of contract compliance (e.g., physicians, service providers)
Evaluate the results of employee satisfaction/quality of work environment surveys
Support reward and recognition programs to enhance performance
Formulate programs to enhance work-life balance
Interpret and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory guidelines
Provide education regarding components of collective bargaining
Promote a culture of safety
Promote healthful work environments that proactively addresses and mitigates sexual harassment and workplace violence)
Create the operational objectives, goals and specific strategies required to achieve the strategic outcome
Able to articulate the value-contribution of nursing and clinical services
Utilize the balanced scorecard analysis to manage change
Evaluate achievement of operational objectives and goals
Identify marketing opportunities and collaborate with marketing experts
Promote the image of nursing and the organization through effective media relations
Collaborate to prioritize for the establishment of information technology resources
Provide leadership for the adoption and implementation of information systems including evaluation of enabling technology in practice settings, the use of data management systems for clinical decision making, and, identifying technological trends, issues and developments applicable to patient care
Academic degree in nursing required (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
Master degree in Nursing or related field required (Health Administration, Business, Public Health, or management).
A minimum of five years of nursing leadership experience is required.
The applicant will demonstrate progressive leadership and expertise in communication across disciplines, participative change management, managing group dynamics and managing performance improvement processes.
In depth current working knowledge of clinical practice and processes
Knowledge of organizational behavior; management systems and processes; nursing practice standards; clinical practice guidelines; regulations and ethics; healthcare economics; health and public safety; trends in business practice; consumer health care issues; healthcare evaluation and outcome measures; and fiscal management and finance.
Mobility to travel throughout the ministry and community.
Able to work varying hours and handle difficult situations when necessary.
Ability to clearly articulate the PSJH mission and vision
Demonstrate servant / mission driven leadership
Working knowledge of labor contracts and application to practice
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to conceptualize and implement new service delivery models.
Ability to serve as a change agent supporting integration concepts.
Ability to represent PSJH professionally and build collaborative relationships with various agencies or organizations.
Ability to analyze data, regulations, and practices to develop progressive and compliant programs including TJC, Title 22, etc.
Ability to effectively work in a multi-entity organization including hospitals and satellite facilities
Demonstrate system thinking
Demonstrated ability to work in a complex matrixed environment
Able to articulate the Magnet® standards and expectations
St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) is an acute care hospital with 213 beds and over 1,750 employees making it one of the region's largest employers serving communities of the High Desert. The facility was constructed in 1956 and joined the St. Joseph Health System in 1992.This facility has the only Neonatal Care Unit in the High Desert Accredited by California Children Services and has been granted approval as a Special Hospital with the California Children's Services Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Mary was accredited as a primary Stroke Receiving Center in 2018, the only stroke-receiving center in the High Desert.The Services and Clinical Specialties offered at this Hospital are Diabetes Education, Emergency Services, Heart and Vascular Services, Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Services, Robotic Surgery Services, Surgical Services, Women & Children's Services and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Company: St. Mary Medical Center
Category: Health Care
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