Nursing Director - PICU / Pediatrics

Catholic Health Initiatives   •  

Des Moines, IA

Industry: Patient Care


Less than 5 years

Posted 413 days ago

GENERAL SUMMARY: Designated as leader for specified nursing area, its patient population, and assigned staff. Assumes 24-hour responsibility, authority and accountability for all patient-care activities, unit operation, staff function and staff development. Provides patient care activities to patients of diverse ages.    


  •     Leads and promotes evidence-based practice and research among unit leaders and staff.
  •     Promotes best practice implementation on unit.
  • Works independently with limited direction from the nurse executive using the Nurse Practice Act, Mercy Medical Center policies, nursing standards and professional judgment.
  • Utilizes delegation skills effectively.
  • Directs the recruitment and retention activities on the unit.
  • Conducts the performance appraisal process.
  • Directs health care members (i.e., registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, patient caretechnicians, etc.) in the delivery of safe and effective patient care.
  • Operates unit within approved budget.
  • Facilitates efficient operation of unit activities.
  • Maintains knowledge of documentation requirements needed for employees' files and patients' records.
  • Administers nursing care to patients; includes assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating the patient's care plan in coordination with the physician.
  • Directs/provides emergency support measures (i.e., cardiopulmonary resuscitation, protecting patient from injury).
  • Develops an annual operational plan (including scope of service) integrated with Mercy's strategic plan and related departments' operational plans in order to efficiently provide services.
  • Develops, implements and periodically reviews all policies and procedures that guide and support the assigned services. These include, but are not limited to, JC requirements, federal and state regulations, regulatory standards, etc.
  • Develops and maintains departmental staffing plan for all departments supervised, detailing appropriate employee classifications and qualifications consistent with the department's operational plan, projected volumes, patient/acuity and other relevant indicators. Participates in human resource planning providing recommendations for staffing, proactive recruitment and long-term needs. Assure compliance with staffing plan.
  • Continuously assess and improves the department's performance based on, but not limited to, the department's quality plan monitors and customer/employee satisfaction data.
  • Supervises assigned management staff. Provides necessary education, orientation and support to management team.
  • Develops annual operating and capital budgets, monitors and analyzes performance and productivity and implements necessary corrective plans. Collaborates with other departments in budget preparation, determining capital priorities, monitoring and analyzing trends. Utilizes budget information in management decision-making.
  • Provides for the means and methods to assure competent patient care to the patient population served by obtaining and appropriately interpreting data, using demonstrated knowledge feedback and appropriately adapting procedures.
  • Supports and abides by all Mercy policies, including safety policies and practices.
  • Participates in national professional and related organizations to ensure current knowledge of operations.
  • Maintains open and positive communication with staff, physicians, other hospital departments and others.
  • Performs otherresponsibilities as requested by nurse executive.  MARGINAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Delegates orientation/education for staff, students and other hospital and community organizations.
  • Adjusts staffing to provide coverage based on patient census/acuity.  


  • Possession of a current or compact state license as a registered nurse issued/defined by the State of Iowa. 
  • Bachelordegree in nursing required, or actively in pursuit of BSN degree (accepted into a BSN Program and/or currently enrolled). Expected to take at least six credits per year at the CNO or Associate Chief of Nursing’s discretion for exception. 
  • Minimum 3-5 years clinical experience.
  • Prior proven experience and expertise in management, having had a leadership position for at least 1 year.
  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter – Child and/or Dependent Adult Abuse training within three (3) months of hire.
  • BLS certified by the end of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks). 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times
  • Adheres to and exhibits our core values:
    Reverence: Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
    Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.
    Compassion: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.
    Excellence: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.
  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times
  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines
  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members
  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers cbchi    We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.  

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