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Nantucket Cottage Hospital Nurse Director - Med/Surg - Full Time in Nantucket, Massachusetts


Working together with our community to achieve whole person wellness through health and related services.


An island community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual wellness.

Job Summary:

The Nurse Director of Med/Surg is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of comprehensive care for all patients as provided by Nursing Department personnel. The Nurse Director is accountable for patient safety, quality of care, and fiscal management of the assigned department. This position collaborates with theVP-Patient Care Services, CNOin assessing staffing needs, budget recommendations, strategic planning, hiring and staff performance, and disciplinary action.

_Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities_

_Administrative Duties:_

  • Organizes, develops, plans and implements various hospital and/or departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures as needed to provide quality patient care and maintain a sound operation.
  • Facilitates a two-way flow of communication between Nursing Department personnel and Hospital management.
  • Informs appropriate Nursing Administration staff of incidents, problems, and patient care situations via written and verbal reporting mechanisms.
  • Prepares or delegates the preparation of various reports regarding patient status, emergency and/or unusual occurrences and any other reports, as may be needed.
  • Recommends staff and personnel needs for the department to the VP-Patient Care Services, CNO and submits applicable data and rationales to support these recommendations.
  • Assumes responsibilities, as delegated, in the absence of the VP-Patient Care Services, CNO.
  • Delegates effectively and develops in others the willingness and desire to work towards common department objectives.
  • Meets budget commitments for materials, supplies, and personnel by controlling expenses and overtime.
  • Directs the activities of the Medical/Surgical department by interpretation of nursing practices as well as long and short-range goals of the department.
  • Primary duties include the exercise of discretion and independent judgment under the direction of the VP-Patient Care Services, CNO, with respect to matters of significance in the Hospital’s operations.

_Supervisory Duties:_

  • Develops, updates, and interprets various Hospital and Nursing Department policies, procedures, rules and regulations for assigned Nursing staff.
  • Reviews and discusses disciplinary action/performance improvement documents with employees, orally or in writing as necessary.
  • Conducts performance appraisals of assigned staff per hospital policy.
  • Assigns/adjusts staff scheduling to achieve optimum patient care based on assessments of patient care needs and the capabilities of the Nursing Department staff.
  • Anticipates, analyzes, interprets, and resolves Hospital and/or department problems effectively and recommends appropriate action, when needed.

_Clinical Duties:_

  • Collaborates closely, when needed, with Hospital departments and/or services in the processing of patient admissions, discharge, and transfer.
  • May perform the duties outlined on the staff Registered Nurse job description.
  • Maintains own professional growth and competence in clinical skills and theoretical knowledge of nursing practice.

_General Duties:_

  • Attends and/or conducts required and applicable in-service training sessions and other staff meetings.
  • Ensures compliance with Nursing Department’s performance improvement programs, safety procedures, and Emergency Preparedness Plan procedures, etc., maintaining ongoing feedback to appropriate individuals.
  • Promotes the Hospital’s image, philosophy, and policies, both internally and externally.
  • Responsible for a full understanding of nursing procedures within assigned departments.
  • Demonstrates concern and courtesy to staff, patients, visitors, co-workers, and all others.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient information in accordance with Hospital policy and applicable statutes and regulations.

_Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required for the Position_

_Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required_

  • Demonstrated clinical and leadership competencies.
  • Demonstrated technical skills and judgment to function unsupervised.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Ability to remain calm in emergency situations.
  • Requires lifting, positioning, pushing, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching and/or transferring of patients as needed.
  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program required. BSN preferred.
  • Current, valid Massachusetts Registered Nurse (RN) license required.
  • BLS & ACLS certification required within 90 days of hire.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in clinical nursing required.
  • Previous experience as a supervisor, coordinator, or manager experience precepting new nurses preferred.

_Core Operating Principals_

Through the Lighthouse System of Whole Person Care, NCH strives to:

  • LEARN from our patients, families, providers and staff,incorporating feedbackas we grow
  • INITIATE apersonal, compassionate connectionwith each patient throughout their health care journey
  • GUARANTEEfamily-focused, seamless, equitable and timely accesstoworld-class, high-quality care
  • HIGHLIGHT the need to always respectprivacy and patient confidentiality
  • THOUGHTFULLYintegrate multi-disciplinary approachesto mind, body and spirit wellness, demonstrablyimproving the health statusof Nantucket residents
  • HONORNCH employeesby celebrating their successes, investing in their well-being and promoting diversity and inclusion
  • OFFERinclusive, inviting facilitieswhere all people feel welcome
  • UNDERSTANDeach patient’s unique story, enabling them to be an active partner in their care
  • SECURE afinancially sustainable futurefor NCH
  • EXPRESSgratitudefor the essential support provided by our island community

_Special Requirements_

  • 24/7 accountability of unit.
  • Must be available to work in the case of a Hospital declared emergency.

Job: *Nursing-Management

Organization: *Nantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH)

Title: Nurse Director - Med/Surg - Full Time

Location: MA-Nantucket-NCH Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Requisition ID: 3198699