CHIEF NURSING OFFICER - WMC

Job Locations US-AK-Wrangell
Job ID
2021-5255
Category
NURSING
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE)

About Us:

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

Job Overview:

The WMC Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of Nursing Care Services at Wrangell Medical Center.  Ensures compliance with patient care quality standards as it relates to the care provided to all age groups of patients ranging from neonate to geriatric.  Assures appropriate competency of all nursing personnel.  Serves as part of WMC’s senior management team; may act for the WMC Hospital Administrator in his/her absence; provides direct input regarding the organizational structure of the hospital; provides expert professional assistance to hospital executives regarding nursing-related matters; and performs other related duties as assigned.  Assists in formulating the budget for assigned departments and maintains efficient and effective departmental operations while required compliance with all state, federal and local regulations, laws, standards, and protocols.

 

This position describes the highest-level senior manager over nursing-related patient care within the Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) and also serves as the chief expert for the hospital regarding professional nursing issues.  The incumbent has broad responsibility and accountability for assigned programs, functions and operations and serves as a key member of WMC senior leadership team.  The WMC Chief Nursing Officer exemplifies the organization’s mission and values through nursing practice and delivery.

Responsibilities:

  • Organizes, directs and administers the Nursing/Patient Care Services in order to provide the level of care required by current medical and nursing standards. Establishes and directs the nursing model; reviews and evaluates administrative and clinical nursing procedures within the Consortium; initiates changes as needed.  Represents assigned areas to other hospital divisions, other county departments, and external agencies to coordinate activities, identify issues, resolve problems and share information.
  • Promotes a strategic plan for nursing which reflects the organizations’ current and anticipated strategic priorities. Assures the integration of findings of current evidenced based practice and research into the policies and procedures governing the provision of nursing care.  Develops and implements mechanisms for promoting the clinical, educational and leadership development of patient care staff members.  Confers with other Consortium management and supervisory personnel to discuss management and patient care issues.  Collaborates with WMC hospital administrative and medical staff regarding nursing program needs and administrative matters.  Provides input and direction for nursing policies and procedures. 
  • Provides ongoing effective Nursing leadership to Wrangell Medical Center nursing staff. Oversees development and implementation of the staffing plan for Nursing Services.  Coordinates with nursing management staff to ensure appropriate nurse staffing and clinical care per regulatory and hospital practices.  Directs the personnel management activities of assigned areas; guides subordinate directors, managers and supervisors in the selection, hiring, training and development of staff as well as performance appraisal, documentation of deficiencies, performance recognition and disciplinary action; working with HR and legal staff as appropriate.
  • Directs and participates in the preparation and administration of Nursing Services, budgets, and capital overlay requests; evaluates staffing, equipment and supply needs; prepares justifications and cost benefit analyses; reviews and recommends approval of expenditures; oversees the procurement of supplies and equipment for assigned areas.
  • Maintains compliance with regulations governing healthcare providers and the regulations of accrediting bodies by monitoring operations and initiating changes where required. Directs the preparation and maintenance of nursing records, reports and statistics in accordance with administrative and nursing policies in support of regulatory governance and audits.  Prepares or reviews special studies, reports and documents; reviews and ensures proper completion of reports, records and other documents.  Maintains performance improvement activities related to nursing and patient care and participates in CQI activities.

Qualifications:

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing and ten (10) years of experience in clinical nursing, including at least three (3) years reflecting progressive nursing leadership level positions.

OR

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, Public Health, Health Care Administration, Management or Public Administration and eight (8) years in clinical nursing that includes at least three (3) years reflecting progressive nursing leadership level positions.

Certification/License:

  • A valid, current, full and unrestricted RN license in the State of Alaska or must obtain Alaska license within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must have BLS within one (1) months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the requirements of a comprehensive healthcare program.
  • Knowledge of regulatory functions regarding oversight agencies.
  • Knowledge of budget and financial processes and procedures.

Skills in:

  • Skills in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating nursing activities and strategic planning skills.

Ability to:

  • Write effectively and orally communicate well with a full range of professional nursing service personnel and other hospital staff and managers.
  • Ability to supervise people, provide guidance, leadership, and work cooperatively with others by establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with staff, patients, visitors, and other healthcare team members.
  • Oral and written communication skills. Can enter and retrieve data accurately, can verbally communicate findings with healthcare team.  Uses aggressive patient management techniques to diffuse any patient/visitor/peer or volatile situation.
  • Analytical ability to use sound judgment and problem solve. Strong, sound decision-making and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to establish nursing program goals and objectives. Possess ability for long-range planning and goal setting skills in order to provide a vision for the department.

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