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Director of Nursing, Maternal Child Services

Portland, OR, USA | American Nurses Association

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center is seeking a Director of Nursing, Maternal Child Services who will assist the CNO in the administration and leadership of achieving the goals of the department, organization and clinical service area. Assumes responsibility for the oversight and outcomes within Maternal Child Services clinical specialty area by forecasting trends, setting strategic objectives, providing leadership and development to Nurse Supervisors, Patient Placement Coordinators, Social Workers, Case Managers and/or Acute Care Managers, and through the implementation of actions to achieve defined clinical, financial and strategic outcomes. Demonstrates advanced communication skills and the ability to manage and mediate conflict, appropriately settling disputes while upholding the organization's commitment to core values, productivity and quality.


Will have 8 Managers directly reporting to you with the following areas of oversight: Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby Unit, Perinatal Special Care Unit, Peds Acute Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Child Life Services.

Assist in problem solving administrative and/or Hospital/Department policies and procedures to facilitate quality patient care

Meet routinely with Nurses, Physicians, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nursing Supervisors, Social Workers, Case Managers and/or Acute Care Managers, Clinical Development Specialists, Managers, other clinical departments and their leaders, and ancillary departments to assess needs in relation to providing quality care to the patients served

Identify the needs nursing and ancillary departments that provide patient care as it relates to the strategic plan, departmental objectives and support of clinical and management decisions

Identify methods to support or enhance nursing practice, patient throughput patient, placement and capacity management as well as overall patient outcomes

Set Nursing Practice Standards based on scientific and research based principles

Determine needs, implements and evaluates human and fiscal resources for cost effective support of department goals, research, quality assessment, quality improvement, technology and evaluation projects

Identify Best Practices within the Region and facilitates practice improvements to enhance quality and cost outcomes

Assist in developing, coordinating, evaluating and interpreting department of Nursing activities, policies, goals and objectives within the Department(s)

Develop and manage the budget for the assigned clinical division

Continually update knowledge about nursing trends, issues and areas of expertise and actively seeks opportunities to apply this knowledge to patient care, outcomes and practice

Develop staff and manager's expertise in project management, data analysis, information technology, clinical, managerial and financial practice

Assess, plan, initiate and evaluate teaching/coaching based on assessment of person, professional or organizational needs

Develop and implement Practice Standards to support quality patient care and efficient patient throughput while maintaining excellent patient outcomes

Lead, strategically directs and implements quality improvement activities and outcomes for PSA and Oregon

Identify and implement methods to facilitate clinical and patient flow opportunities for work redesign

Oversee the recruitment, selection and development of nurse leaders within a defined are, and assumes accountability for the recruitment, retention, development and satisfaction of staff within the area

Assure accountability for patient, staff and physician satisfaction within defined area, and assures alignment within defined area, with organizational goals and values

Act as a change agent to assist the department to prepare for, influence and respond to the dynamic nature of healthcare as well as proactively plans for future directions in clinical practice to support the highest quality of patient care

Represent Department of Nursing and patient care on internal and external committees and task forces locally and nationally; this includes Clinical Ladder Board

Maintain knowledge and is a resource for rules and regulations regarding nursing practice in Oregon, the ANA and other standards of practice organizations and TJC

Advocate for excellence in patient care and nursing practice, for changes in process of care delivery, and for professional development opportunities

Advocate for, develops, uses and coaches others in utilization of resources available to assist when resolving an ethical dilemma that protects patient rights and autonomy

Advocate for systems and standards that support the dependent, independent and interdependent nursing interventions

Provides consultation and guidance to nursing units and divisions on achieving quality, productivity and patient satisfaction goals

Develop and integrate new business models and develop models of care/service

In partnership with the Directors, Clinical Services leads efforts to reduce length of stay and readmissions with attention to service, safety and quality

Define, develop, and direct implementation of departmental goals and programs for the organization and recommend directional changes as appropriate

Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of existing and new programs aimed at improving care delivery, patient safety, quality, service and other Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Oregon Region System objectives

Work collaboratively with leadership to develop clinical programs to build patient care volume focusing on selective service lines and programs

Enhance strategic and programmatic relationships with physicians, other health care staff and community members


This Director is expected to accomplish several key objectives within the first 12 to 18 months. The following goals represent some of the main objectives for this position:

Keep up with the changing environment, adapting our model to serve the current needs of our patients while keeping aligned with the mission, core values, system, and financial viability in this changing world.

Foster and manage a service line mentality where each line has certain expectations.

Manage the successful integration of the PICU and Pediatric Acute Care Unit

Strive to improve quality metrics while meeting budgetary target.

Create a collaborative and inclusive environment for the groups to interact.

Create and communicate a vision for this team, leading by example.

Establish good rapport with other key Stakeholders/Leaders.

Meet the needs of the ministry while also considering Physician input.

Align all departments to foster a strong and cohesive team based atmosphere.

Leverage in-depth experience in both Maternal Child care and leadership while onboarding and mentoring new managers.

As a dynamic leader with demonstrated quality leadership attributes, navigate the service lines and the way they are represented at the director level. Be an advocate for the team and with senior leadership.

Will develop relationships with key stake holders with end goals over the long term.

Needs to be competent but have humility and have a track record of holding people accountable.

Re-evaluate priorities and adapt to new realities taking into account ongoing changes in management and the related demands.

Create a compelling vision for the team with the operational component of change management, articulating the vision of where we are going.

Facilitate conflict management experience in a positive way and to be creative to think in new ways on how we will be doing things.


Required education/experience for this position includes:

Master's Degree in an applied clinical field

Maternal Child Services experience

Current Nursing License in the State of Oregon (if you are relocating from out of State, you can apply for an Oregon license upon starting work)

Five (5) years of Healthcare/direct clinic patient care, with experience in progressive leadership roles

Preferred education/experience for this position include:

Healthcare specific emergency management experience

Coursework/Training: Change facilitator

Coursework/Training: Lean Belt

Because this position has two critical care areas (NICU and PICU) reporting to them, it is preferred that the nurse leader have prior experience working in these specialty areas

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