• Memorial Health
  • Jacksonville, IL 62650, USA
  • Nov 25, 2021

Job Description

Operates within the Memorial Health System, Passavant Area Hospital, and Nursing Division mission, vision, strategic priorities, and goals. Utilizes a shared leadership philosophy and assumes 24 hour accountability for unit management and the quality of patient care on the designated unit. Creates and maintains a work environment conducive to effective communication, collaboration, teambuilding, and nursing professionalism. Ensures the enculturation of the Magnet Program requirements on the unit. Maintains the clinical care aspects of the patient care units on a 24-hour basis. Leads interprofessional efforts to implement evidence-based practice standards that advance nursing practice and improve patient outcomes. Maintains positive physician and interdepartmental relationships as well as positive employee morale. Develops nurse leaders in nursing outcomes improvement through mentorship of nurse leaders. Serves as a resource person and consultant for outcome initiatives involving nursing staff development, patient care, and nursing practice.  REQUIRED SKILLS Leadership: Personal and Professional Growth: Demonstrates responsibility for own personal and professional growth as reflected in ongoing education, projects, and annual professional development plan. Provides and receives formal peer-to-peer feedback among nurse leader colleagues. Empowers self and staff to enhance patient-focused nursing care and quality patient outcomes as reflected in patient satisfaction and quality improvement efforts. Fosters an environment which focuses on values, professionalism and accountability, where staff and management see each other as partners in the decision making process. Clinical Knowledge: Maintains an understanding of the unit’s primary patient populations and their care needs/requirements. Keeps up-to-date on new clinical treatments/services being developed/implemented for primary patient populations. Maintains a sound knowledge base of current trends and developments in nursing practice in order to lead unit-based changes to improve patient care delivery. Collaborative Practice: Demonstrates ability and willingness to collaborate with peers and staff. Shows commitment to the development of inter-departmental/intraprofessional collaboration for improvement of patient care, unit efficiency and effectiveness. Develops working relationships with the medical staff that encourage problem solving on all levels. Builds and maintains a strong Unit-Based Council to facilitate shared decision-making process. Communication Skill: Encourages and facilitates a work climate conducive to open, honest communication and incorporates an effective information sharing process to ensure staff are kept up to date on key changes/issues affecting their work processes. Demonstrates a communication style which is supportive and non-threatening, thus providing an environment that allows for open expression of ideas and problem solving. Attends Nurse Management Council and Department Managers’ meetings and relays pertinent information to staff. Demonstrates effective group process skills to promote cohesiveness and collaboration. Human Resources: Manages the recruitment, interviewing, selection and retention of unit-based staff. Manages the scheduling of personnel to assure quality patient care within budget requirements. Manages staff performance monitoring/feedback/appraisal and initiating corrective/disciplinary action as necessary, in accordance with hospital policies. Holds regular staff meetings in order to facilitate communication of organizational imperatives/changes as well as unit issues. Encourages staff to identify personal and professional growth needs and facilitates appropriate opportunities for that growth. Maintains a climate which provides ongoing appreciation and recognition of achievements. Supports appropriate risk-taking efforts by staff and peers. Assists in the development of and supports divisional programs/initiatives that promote recruitment/retention and satisfaction of staff members. Fiscal Management: Budget Preparation: Participates in the preparation of the annual budget for areas of responsibility. Identifies capital equipment items needed. Identifies and evaluates present and future staffing needs. Budget Monitoring: Establishes quotas of supplies, analyzes financial and productivity reports. Reviews and evaluates monthly expenditures and operating statements and implements corrective action plans to address variances as necessary. Designs and implements cost-effective strategies that will enhance effective and efficient patient care delivery. Educates staff regarding operation of the unit and fiscal responsibilities. Maintains sound knowledge base of current trends and developments in health care related to reimbursement issues   Performance and Outcomes Improvement Implements strategies that enhance customer satisfaction and experiences and facilitates implementation with other nursing leaders for their units. Identifies quality improvement opportunities and uses appropriate QI tools/techniques to evaluate potential solutions. Leads intra-and inter-departmental problem solving to ensure resolution of clinical issues and adoption of “best practices.” Collaborates with staff in evaluating standards of care in relation to a particular patient population. Measures and validates that identified outcomes are met. Assures unit performance measurement data is gathered, monitored and reported and facilitates its use in improving quality and/or efficiency. Assists with collecting and analyzing data related to other Nursing Departments to determine necessary process changes and developmental needs of nursing personnel. Develops and facilitates follow-up interventions to address needs. Facilitates the development of critical thinking skills of nursing leaders through ongoing consultation, role modeling, and case reviews. Facilitates implementation of Professional Practice Model and Lean Six Sigma tools to promote efficient and effective nursing practice and optimal patient outcomes. Collaborates with intraprofessional colleagues and physicians in performance improvement. Serves as a liaison with the hospital’s quality division to ensure coordination of work across the hospital related to designated quality and safety priorities. Facilitates achievement of Nursing Division quality improvement goals. Provides timely review and documentation of SENSOR events related to areas of responsibilities. Research: Creates an environment that promotes analytical thinking in the resolution of identified clinical problems and the adoption of evidence-based nursing practice. Provides opportunities and resources to encourage staff to participate in nursing research/scholarship activities. Fosters collaborative research relationships with other healthcare institutions and healthcare providers Performs other related work as required or requested. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE Education: BSN required, MSN preferred Licensure/Certification/Registry: Current licensure as an R.N. in the State of Illinois. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification preferred Certified in CPR or completes certification during Nursing Team Onboarding Experience: Minimum of 2 years’ experience within the past 5 years as a staff nurse in critical care or previous leadership in a critical care environment required. Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Minimum two years of demonstrated participation in nursing performance improvement activities, including leading change initiatives, required. Prior knowledge and involvement in Magnet designation processes preferred. Demonstrated understanding of nurse-sensitive quality indicators and basic hospital/nursing regulatory requirements. Demonstrated consistent pattern of continuing professional development. Competent in Microsoft Office. Yearly Credentialing to maintain current level: Attends all Joint Commission, OSHA and mandated in-services. Maintains professional certification. Completion of annual self-evaluation and professional development plan. Participation in nursing leadership peer feedback process. Membership in at least one professional organization.

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