Harris Health System
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Director of Nursing - L&D - Ben Taub Hospital
at Harris Health System
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The Director of Nursing (DON) is accountable for the operational, human resource, quality, and financial management of assigned nursing unit(s). This DON works with the administrative director to translate pavilion and department strategic plans and policies into a unit plan suitable to the unique operational needs. The DON leads implementation and evaluation of the unit plan and provides reports relevant to achievement of goals. The DON is accountable for assuring the Harris Healths Nursing Professional Practice Model (NPPM) is implemented and targeted outcomes achieved on assigned units. The DON provides oversight to ensure unit level care delivery, quality management, and staff utilization patterns are congruent with NPPM framework. In addition, this DON facilitates actualization of shared governance and practice level advancement of unit personnel. The DON has the authority to make all operational and human resource decisions relevant to his or her assigned unit(s) as long as decisions are consistent with district, nursing, and departmental policies, standards, and other Chief Nursing Office and Nurse Executive Council approved guidelines. This director performs duties of the Maternal Program Manager as outlined by the TX Department of State Health Services Maternal Designation program and has the authority and responsibility to monitor the provision of pregnant and postpartum patient care services from admission, stabilization, operative intervention(s) if applicable, through discharge, inclusive of the QAPI Program.
The DON responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care. As a member of the nursing leadership team, the DON establishes a setting that supports professional nursing practice and empowers nurses to provide safe, effective, compassionate, and efficient nursing care in collaboration with all health care disciplines. The DON ensures compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations; national, state, and local regulatory agencies; and institutional policies and procedures. The DON is accountable for nursing practice that upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior. The DON mentors others, role models professionalism, and participation in activities such as nursing organizations, nursing research, the community.
1. Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:
Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Nursing or related field required. Holds at least one (1) of the following in Nursing: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.
Licensed to practice as RN in the state of Texas
Completed and current in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) or an office-approved equivalent
Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.
Applicable professional certification in administration is to be completed within two (2) years, if not held at the time of appointment.
2. Work Experience: Five (5) years of RN experience with at least three (3) years work experience in related clinical area of practice.
3. Management Experience: Two (2) years related management/leadership experience is required.
1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)
Writing /Composing (Correspondence / Reports)
2. Other Skills: Analytical, Design, Medical Terms, PC, Research, Statistical, Word Proc
3. Work Schedule:
Weekends Holidays Flexible Travel On Call
Benefits and EEOC
Harris Health System benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.
It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.