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Director of Nursing - Med/Surg, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

Job ID: 84998
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


**Hiring bonus and relocation assistance may be available. **

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is seeking a Director of Nursing for a Full Time, Day position. This role will be support Med/Surg units, the Nursing Resource Team and the Staffing Office.   Annual compensation is $163,030 – $244,566; hiring rate dependent on qualifications and professional experience.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for providing leadership and directing nursing practice and clinical functions for assigned nursing units in order to develop, promote and implement a clinical services and nursing professional practice environment and ensure that exceptional medicine and compassionate care is delivered; continually improve service and operations to ensure that safe, reliable and high quality care and patient experiences are provided; ensure that clinical support services are coordinated; create an environment that supports caregivers and enhances growth, communication and job satisfaction. The Director of Nursing builds relationships resulting in compassionate and committed teams within the services and with all stakeholders. All work must be done with a thorough understanding of and committed to PeaceHealth culture, including the core values and Leadership Model.

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with leadership throughout the organization to maximize operational efficiencies and meet capital and operating budget goals. Participate in operational planning and implementation of organizational strategic plans and ensure overall operational performance.
  • Promotes change, facilitates redesign, and implements systems and processes to maintain compliance with regulatory standards and accreditation within all programs and clinical units. 
  • Develop implementation plans for providing nursing care.
  • Develop patient care programs and implement an effective ongoing program to measure, assess and improve the quality and outcomes of nursing care delivered to patients.
  • Serves as a consultant for nursing to ensure practice and standards are current and that care is delivered across the continuum.
  • Provide nursing leadership on issues including patient safety, healthcare quality, emerging technology and innovation. Maintain alignment with regional direction on these issues.
  • Manage operational units as assigned including providing leadership for clinical excellence, personnel management, fiscal accountability, operational effectiveness, and positive relations with other departments, members of the medical staff, physician practices and all stakeholders within scope and span of control.
  • Develop effective interdisciplinary relationships with medical staff to ensure the presence of an on-going quality improvement program by providing leadership for patient safety, quality improvement, service excellence and physician satisfaction
  • Budget development and accountability for all operational departments assigned ensuring all financial performance measures are met.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Why choose PeaceHealth?

  • A collaborative leadership and clinical education team.
  • Relocation Assistance if new to the area.
  • A comprehensive benefits package.
  • Generous PTO accrual with no waiting period.
  • A mission driven non-profit healthcare system.

Interested in applying? We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Current Washington or Multistate license required by date of hire.
  • BSN required.
  • MSN strongly preferred; will be required within 2 years of hire.
  • Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible nursing leadership experience.
  • Specialty Certification required within 3 years.  
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Excellent critical thinking skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively, respectfully and responsibility in a collaborative manner with multiple demands and short timelines.
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Office applications.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability. 
  • Knowledge and experience in developing programs.
  • Demonstrated success in operations management and financial management. 

Considering a move to the area? Why you’ll love Vancouver:

  • No Washington State income tax.
  • Vancouver is a thriving, independent city with over 160,000 residents.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy quick access to the Pacific Ocean, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and never-ending recreational activities of the Pacific Northwest. We are home to some of the world’s best mountain biking and wind-surfing locales.
  • Downtown Vancouver is only 9 miles from downtown Portland, 80 miles to the Pacific Ocean, and 160 miles to Seattle.
  • Stellar school districts. 

Working Conditions 

  • Consistently operates computer and other office equipment. 
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Sedentary work.
  • Predominantly operates in an office environment.
  • Some time spent on site in medical/hospital setting.
  • Ability to communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.

PeaceHealth is committed to the overall wellbeing of our caregivers: physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. We offer caregivers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical/dental/vision coverage; 403b retirement plan employer base and matching contributions; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buyup coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; wellness benefits, and expanded EAP and mental health program.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. 

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