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RN Professional Practice Leader - Women and Children Services

Job ID: 85311
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Variable
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


At Peacehealth, it's our vision that every person receives safe, compassionate care; every time, every touch.  At Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA, you’ll be part of a collaborative team working together to ensure that our patients receive exceptional care.  If this resonates with you, consider joining our Women and Children Services  team in the following: 

A Professional Practice Leader for our Women and Children services nursing units.  This is a full-time, exempt, position working primarily day shift with some evening hours as needed.  This position's focus will primarily be on evidence based practice, service line improvement projects, and educational activities.   This position will have oversight of the family birth center, NICU, and Peds, with primarily focus on labor & delivery.  

  • 32 LDRP Family Birth Center
  • 26 bed level III Neonatal ICU
  • 8 bed Pediatrics unit
  • Specialized Birth experiences with natural births, water births, and midwives 
  • Recognized as one of the best maternity hospitals in the U.S. by Newsweek 

We offer  :

  • Salary range of $134,742 - $202,134
  • Relocation Assistance 
  • Comprehensive benefits package focused on the whole person well being. 
  • A collaborative and supportive leadership team
  • A mission driven healthcare system

Located in Vancouver, Washington, Southwest Medical Center is a 450-bed acute care medical center with a level II trauma center . Located across the river from the Portland [Oregon] metropolitan area, our location offer the urban amenities of big city life, as well as never-ending recreational activities with quick access to the Pacific Ocean, Mount Hood, and Columbia River Gorge. 

Position Summary:

Leads transformational patient care delivery providing coaching, mentorship and education primarily for the the Family Birth Center, with some support for NICU and Peds as well.   Engages the nursing staff to practice to the full scope of their professional practice. Serves as a resource for evidence-based practice for the nursing staff. Conducts daily rounds highlighting and prioritizing unmet patient needs. Works at the point-of-care delivery to transfer knowledge and patient outcomes management to the nursing team. Coordinates interdisciplinary relationships. Serves as an advanced generalist. Provides a catalyst for improving the quality and safety of patients, as well as the patient experience. Provides responsiveness to changes in patient care work and develops standardized workflows to improve the work environment and clinical outcomes.

Position duties: 

  • Provides oversight for continuous innovation in the areas of clinical quality, safety, care coordination, patient/family education, and the patient experience. Builds capacity for clinical inquiry and performance improvement in the nursing staff.
  • Conducts small tests of change using rapid action improvement framework and lean principles. Ensures core measure compliance is integrated into the unit-based workflows as designed.
  • Develops sustainability model for deployed interventions to improve patient outcomes.
  • Integrates the nursing model and components of the model into a cohesive framework consistent in all essential role functions and interactions with patients and staff. Communicates and collaborates with all members of the healthcare team to actualize the care delivery model.
  • Educates the nursing staff on new research and evidence-based practice at the point of care. Serves as a Preceptor for students pursuing a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing.
  • Leads nursing shared governance councils or committees as assigned.
  • Compares system-wide, facility-wide and unit-specific data against established benchmarks and targets. Collects additional data through medical record reviews, audits and interviews.
  • Participates in the review of electronic incident reports and serious safety events. May participate in the Root Cause Analysis process and subsequent action planning. Identifies problem areas in the delivery of patient care and revises complex patient care plans to facilitate optimal patient outcomes.
  • Attends meetings and Daily Management System (DMS) huddles to identify opportunities to intervene in the care of complicated patients and opportunities to improve systems and processes.
  • Participates in one or more of PeaceHealth’s Clinical Excellence Initiatives, researching evidence-based practices and creating or updating policies, procedures, guidelines or nursing standards of care accordingly.
  • Participates in the interview process for new nursing staff to the unit, using quality matching techniques to identify top candidates for the position. Provides input to the Nurse Manager during selection of final candidate.
  • Collaborates with the Nurse Manager and Clinical Educator to identify and assess practice gaps. Suggests clinical practice components to incorporate into orientation, ongoing training and competency assessment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited school
  • Minimum of 5 years related RN experience, with strong labor & delivery experience. 
  • Minimum of 2 years progressive leadership experience 
  • WA State Registered Nurse License
  • Basic Life Support Certification


  • NRP Certification
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist or  Clinical Nurse Leader Certification
  • Knowledge/experience in NICU
  • ANCC certification in specialty area of nursing practice


  • Demonstrates competence in area of expertise. (Required)
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. (Required)
  • Strong customer service skills including effective listening. (Required)
  • Ability to effectively communicate clinical information. (Required)
  • Ability to apply all aspects of the nursing process and care management principles. (Required)
  • Ability to develop strong partnerships to deliver optimal care and enhance outcomes. (Required)
  • Strong analysis/problem solving skills (Required)
  • Strong organization/critical thinking skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. (Required)
  • Computer skills to include ability to document, evaluate and manage patient outcomes. (Required)

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.

Environmental Conditions

  • 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. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.

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