UPMC McKeesport is hiring a Unit Director for our Emergency Department. We are seeking a leader to take our team to the next level! This is a great opportunity for those with a passion for the Emergency setting and leadership!
About the Emergency Department:
UPMC McKeesport's Emergency Department is a busy 26 bay department that treats all patients across the lifespan. Of the 26 bays, 19 are acute care, 4 are fast track, and 3 are behavioral health-specific. A perfect department for new graduates and experienced nurses looking for a change, the varied and complex diagnoses seen on presentation to the unit provide daily learning opportunities. The ED at UPMC McKeesport has a heavy focus on collaboration with nurses, physicians, and patient care technicians to deliver high-quality care around the clock. The unit director will lead a diverse, multidisciplinary team towards the joint goal of providing safe, compassionate care to a delicate and stressed patient population. The physician medical director and the unit director develop a close bond and collectively treat approximately 80 patients per day. The unit director role will have responsibility for nurses, advanced patient care technicians, health unit coordinators, and nursing leaders (Clinicians) as well as leading in a collective bargaining environment (union). At UPMC McKeesport, all unit directors are assigned a nurse leader mentor and a healthcare leader mentor to assure a smooth transition while orienting to the new environment on the 127-year-old campus. The position has a direct reporting structure with the Clinical Director of Nursing and quarterly face-to-face, one-on-one meetings with the Chief Nursing Officer.
- The Unit Director maintains 24-hour accountability for leading and managing their assigned area in order to ensure an outstanding experience for patients and employees by continuously improving the quality of patient care, creating a healthy workplace for staff, and overseeing clinical, and administrative/business functions.
- The Unit Director is responsible for collaborating with medical staff to monitor patient outcomes and setting clinical quality priorities, supporting shared governance through a unit-based professional practice council and using staff feedback to implement professional and patient safety improvements, and developing a best practice climate for the growth and development of students as well as all unit employees.
- The Unit Director has responsibility for the oversight of selection and hiring of staff, department orientation, and fostering a culture of continuous performance management. This includes completing and delivering employee evaluations, managing daily unit and employee performance, as well as the department budget.
- Collaborates with medical staff to monitor patient outcomes; set clinical quality priorities, recommend and implement professional improvements and initiatives and implement unit based patient safety initiatives.
- Monitors dashboard indicators and quality in unit/department to meet organizational goals and develops action plans to address specific concerns and improve quality.
- Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care.
- Shares learning from improvements with other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system.
- Analyzes nurse and patient satisfaction outcome data and develops action plan to address as needed. Supports and encourages involvement of staff nurses in the development and implementation of evidence based practice and quality improvement initiatives.
- Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication.
- Resolves and manages conflict effectively and in a timely manner.
- Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations.
- Cares for patients and self by planning a department work schedule in collaboration with team members that supports safety, appropriate worked hours, and a healthy lifestyle.
- Conveys information and ideas clearly through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
- Coaches staff on cultural diversity and addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment.
- Creates an environment which recognizes and values differences in staff, physicians, patients, and communities.
- Demonstrates the ability to create a shared vision applies critical thinking skills and utilizes financial and quality data and conceptual knowledge in the development of the department vision and operational plan.
- Involves staff and key stakeholders in the development of a vision for the unit/department within a shared governance model of practice.
- Orchestrates complex change and acknowledges the psychological transition on self and others. Involves stakeholders and experts in planning, designing, and redesigning change.
- Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one/s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations and individual involved. Supports staff during times of difficult transitions.
- Demonstrates ability to influence the external environment through participation in professional and advocacy organizations.
- Establishes a culture of caring by promoting decisions that are patient centered and within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process that meets the clinical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient, family and staff.
- Ensures that nurses practice in accordance with established Clinical Standards of Performance as defined by organization, system, professional and regulatory organizations.
- Applies national best practices and uses evidence based practice to build a culture of excellence in patient care.
- Promotes interdisciplinary partnership and consultation of hospital staff and health care team through participation in committees and related activities to ensure appropriate care and services for patients and families.
- Sets clinical, financial, and human resources priorities for improvement in concert with organizational goals.
- Demonstrates sound fiscal responsibility in the development and management of the department budget and holds staff accountable for the efficient use of resources including but not limited to managing flexible staffing patterns to meet patient care needs.
- Sets high standards of performance for self and others by imposing standards of excellence and development of inquiry skills that are innovative, optimistic, and supportive of professional growth.
- Creates developmental paths and plans for staff to increase the expertise and caliber of staff. Initiates innovation in staff development, clinical orientation, continuing education, and supports specialty certification.
- Develops a best practice climate for the growth and development of students as well as new nurses.
- Actively recruits nursing students through the establishment of exceptional clinical experiences.
- Supports shared governance through a unit-based professional practice council and utilization of staff feedback to make changes to improve care, nursing practice, and/or the work.
- Develops and administers departmental/service policies, procedures, and appropriate standards of care.
- The Unit Director is expected to lead and develop all Clinician(s) that report directly to them to build strong leadership and communication skills, as well as mentorship in daily leadership responsibilities.
- Supports Clinician(s) in their role of oversight of direct reports, including difficult conversations, performance reviews, and recruitment.
- Minimum of 4 years of progressive leadership experience required with relevant clinical experience preferred.
- Analytical ability necessary to evaluate staff, address and improve clinical issues and devise solutions to complex problems. Leadership ability to develop staff, establish and maintain standards of performance within a national context for professional nursing practice and comply with administrative requirements.
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to effectively create relationships to support a healing environment with patients, families, staff, physicians and hospital personnel including senior management in both written and verbal communication.
- BS/BSN required at time of hire and masters degree/MSN required.
- If BS degree not in nursing, a Masters or higher degree in Nursing is required.
- If Masters degree not in nursing, a BSN is required.
- If the masters degree/MSN is not present at time of hire, must be enrolled in a Masters or MSN program within one year of hire/transfer date and completed within three years of enrollment.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
- Act 33/34/73 required. ACLS, and NIH Certification required 6 months of hire date: ED, Critical Care Unit and Stepdown PALS required within 6 months of hire Crisis Management training required within 60 days of hire
- Current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in practicing state.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
- NIH Stroke Scale (NIH)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Act 33 with renewal
- Act 34 with renewal
- Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
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Web Reference : AJF/187693646-202
Posted Date : Sun, 28 Nov 2021
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