The Director of Medical/Surgical-Nursing is responsible for providing leadership, administrative, and clinical direction to a designated nursing division within John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. Ensures the divisional nursing care delivery system operates according to established Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) mission, vision values and goals: integrity of care, efficiency, safety, and quality standards.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCH Personnel Rules.
General Administrative Responsibilities
Review applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and consult with Labor Relations to generate management proposals
Participate in collective bargaining negotiations, caucus discussions and working meetings
Document, recommend and effectuate discipline at all levels
Work closely with labor relations and/or labor counsel to effectuate and enforce applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Initiate, authorize and complete disciplinary action pursuant to CCH system rules, policies, procedures and provision of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Direct and effectuate CCH management policies and practices
Access and proficiently navigate CCH records system to obtain and review information necessary to execute provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Contribute to the management of CCH staff and CCH’ systemic development and success
Discuss and develop CCH system policy and procedure
Consistently use independent judgment to identify operational staffing issues and needs and perform the following functions as necessary; hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, direct or discipline employees pursuant to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Work with Labor Relations to discern past practice when necessary
Establishes performance goals and objectives for the nursing division in accordance with Department of Nursing policies, practices, and objectives.
Monitors and evaluates the overall nursing care delivery system within the nursing division to ensure integrity of patient care within established efficiency, safety, and quality standards.
Makes rounds to assess and evaluate patient care needs and to ensure care delivered meets Standards of Care and Practice criteria for the designated specialty as required by state, federal or nursing association guidelines.
Responsible for ensuring that nursing personnel provide optimal customer service and an exceptional patient experience.
Collects, reviews and analyzes patient acuity and staffing data to determine staffing patterns and project staffing needs, to ensure adequate staffing within each unit of the nursing division.
Works with Associate Nurse Executive of Nursing Quality to develop division specific quality and safety initiatives. Evaluate nursing division's quality performance and implements corrective actions.
Participates in development, implementation and evaluation of the nursing division's Performance Improvement Program. Works with Nursing Coordinators, On-Duty Administrators, members of the interdisciplinary leadership team and other supervisory staff to ensure the integration of performance improvement activities into daily practice.
Establishes and reviews individual performance goals for unit Nursing Coordinators. Ensures they are educated and informed of all Department of Nursing policies, procedures, performance improvement, and quality initiatives.
Provides direction to Nursing Coordinators in the recruitment and training of qualified clinical staff. Provides guidelines to Nursing Coordinators and nursing education department to ensure continuous education and current, updated certification and licensure of clinical staff.
Participates in fiscal planning for the nursing division. Reviews expenditures and budget to ensure labor costs and expenses are within established annual guidelines.
Demonstrate and promotes an awareness of patient rights; provides training to staff to ensure their knowledge and awareness of patient rights; functions as a patient advocate.
Prepares and submits divisional performance reports on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
Participates in nursing committees, medical and ancillary committees to ensure nursing division is actively linked to and in collaboration with all patient care systems.
Performs other related duties as required.
Reports to the Associate Nurse Executive, Hospital Based Services
Licensed as a Registered Professional Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois OR ability to obtain Illinois State licensure within two (2) weeks of starting employment
Master’s Degree in Nursing, Public Health, Health Administration, or Business Administration
Five (5) years of progressive administrative/management experience in an acute care setting with a large scope of responsibility
Three (3) years of prior Director level experience OR six (6) years of prior Manager level experience in an acute care setting
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) or American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification within one (1) year of hire
Must possess a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
Critical Care experience
Management experience in a unionized environment
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Thorough knowledge of Medical-Surgical Nursing principles, practices and procedures
Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to ensure the protection of the confidentiality and security of healthcare information for all patients
Diverse knowledge and skill of treatment systems and clinical practices, including but not limited to:
Application of Physiologic Monitor (Telemetry)
Management of patient with Radioactive Isotope treatment (Radioactive Isolation)
Stroke care management
Management of patients receiving chemotherapy
Wound Vacuum Assisted Closure (V.A.C.) management
Management of patient with chest tubes
Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line insertion and maintenance
Management of patients with cardiovascular disease
Management of patients' epidural pump and medication administration
Management of different types of medical-surgical patients
Management of Ethanol (ETOH) detoxification
Demonstrated leadership skills in a fast paced environment within established time constraints and in difficult situations
Demonstrated skills in the following applications of the elements of management:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate with all levels of staff and a patient population composed of diverse cultures and age groups
Excellent interpersonal and patient relation skills
Good personal computer skills
Ability to function as a role model for clinical excellence.
Ability to supervise, direct, and review activities of nursing personnel
Ability to create and maintain complete and accurate records and reports
24/7 oversight responsibility required.
Physical and Environmental Demands
This position is functioning within a healthcare environment. The incumbent is responsible for adherence to all hospital and department specific safety requirements. This includes but is not limited to the following policies and procedures: complying with Personal Protective Equipment requirements, hand washing and sanitizing practices, complying with department specific engineering and work practice controls and any other work area safety precautions as specified by hospital wide policy and departmental procedures.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.
For purposes of the American with Disabilities Act, “Typical Duties” are essential job functions.
Cook County Health is an equal opportunity employer.
Internal Number: 8127
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ABOUT COOK COUNTY HEALTH (CCH)
The Cook County Health’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCH is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, ...collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
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