Consistent with the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (White Paper, January 2003) and the Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development (2000), the director of clinical and professional development is a member of the Mercy Medical Center leadership team and is accountable for advancing and maintaining nurse competence, enhancing professional nursing practice, and supporting achievement of career goals, building on the educational and experiential bases of nurses across the novice to expert continuum for the ultimate objective of ensuring delivery of efficient, effective, safe, quality, and compassionate patient care. He/she cultivates an environment that promotes an appetite for lifelong learning by supporting the development of effective, quality, innovative, creative, and fun continuing education activities. He/she supports a shared leadership philosophy and advances the professional practice model for patient care services.
The director of clinical and professional development ensures an effective educational structure, inclusive decision-making, and creative and supportive personnel policies, professional models of care that promote excellent patient services, collegial interdisciplinary relationships, and professional development opportunities for nursing staff. The director of clinical and professional development facilitates interactive management and the development of strong relationships among nursing personnel and with others throughout the organization and the community, promoting a professional environment consistent with magnet hospitals.
The clinical director is accountable for the environment in which clinical nursing is practiced. He/she enhances the practice environment, consistent with Magnet Hospital criteria, encouraging staff accountability for their own practice, and recruiting and retaining employees with appropriate values, experience, education, and background. The clinical director is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the defined service area(s) and collaborates with the nurse executive and others in organizational planning, innovation, and evaluation.
The director of clinical and professional development must hold an active license to practice nursing in the state of Iowa and maintain continuing education units per the state of Iowa licensure requirements. A minimum of a master’s degree in nursing is required. Certification by a nationally recognized nursing organization in nursing administration and an appropriate specialty area is recommended, as is membership in an appropriate professional nursing organization.