UnityPoint Health Director Medical & Surgical Services in Sioux City, Iowa

The Director of Nursing directs and is accountable for the quality of patient care administered throughout Medical and Surgical nursing areas. The position has particular responsibility for integration of clinical performance improvement and operational effectiveness. The Director of Nursing develops and implements the organizations plan for providing nursing care to patients. This involves developing patient care programs, policies and procedures that describe how nursing/patient care is assessed, interventions planned and provided and outcomes evaluated. The primary responsibility is for the quality of nursing care, thus assuring efficient and effective coordination and delivery of patient care services. This position works in close collaboration with the Vice President of Nursing in all matters affecting the day-to-day nursing department operations . It is expected that this position participates with leaders of the executive, management and medical staff in planning, promoting, and conducting hospital wide quality assessment and performance improvement activities.

Communication and Relationship-Building

  • Effective Strong Communication

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Communicates in an open, clear respectful and consistent manner.

  • Provides for two-way conversation between associates and leadership.

  • Relationship Management

  • Build trusting, collaborative relationships with staff, peers, physicians and administration to advance the core inpatient business strategy

  • Influencing Behaviors

  • Communicate a shared vision regarding the strategic goal of strengthening the core. Role model admirable behaviors.

  • Celebrate success and accomplishments that strengthen the core services agenda. Provide timely feedback when goals are not being met.

  • Shared Decision Making/Problem solving

  • Strong positive problem solving approach with wide degree of creativity.

  • Engage staff in shared decision making by facilitating unit practice committees and similar shared governance committees. Promote decisions that are patient-centered.

  • Supports infrastructure for shared decision-making.

Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment

  • Clinical Practice Knowledge

  • Ensure that written organizational clinical policies and procedures are reviewed and updated in accordance with evidence based practice standards.

  • Ensure compliance with the state Nurse Practice act, state board of nursing regulations and regulatory agencies standards.

  • Patient Flow/Throughput

  • Supervise patient flow.

  • Ensure timely patient flow throughout the organization, monitoring the data and implementing changes when needed.

  • Patient Quality Outcomes

  • Design safe clinical systems, processes, policies and procedures.

  • Support a non-punitive reporting environment and a reward system for reporting unsafe practices.

  • Assist in Evidence-based Practice/Outcome Management

  • Interpret information from evidence-based nursing literature and research.

  • Utilize research findings for the establishment of standards, practices, and patient care models in the organization.

  • Disseminate research findings to patient care team members.

  • Resource Management

  • Develops annual and multiyear budget.

  • Develops annual operational budget to support strategic plan.

  • Quality Improvement Metrics

  • Articulate the organization’s Quality Improvement program and goals.

  • Target outcomes that are evidence based (benchmark).

  • Improve processes through utilization of the evidence and sustain success.

Transformational Leadership

  • System thinking/change management

  • Address ideas, beliefs or viewpoints that should be given serious considerations.

  • Synthesize and integrate divergent viewpoints for the good of the organization.

  • Maintain curiosity and an eagerness to explore new knowledge and ideas.

  • Provide visionary thinking on issues that impact the organization.

  • Utilize change theory for the implementation of organizational changes.

  • Serve as a change agent, assisting others in understanding the importance, necessity, impact and process of changes

  • Personal development

  • Value and act of feedback that is provided about one’s own strengths and weaknesses.

  • Assess own personal professional and career goals and undertake career planning.

  • Seek mentorship from respected colleagues.

  • Maximizes opportunities in the utilization of external resources (Advisory Board, Site Visits, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, etc.).

  • Succession planning

  • Serve as a professional role model and mentor to future nursing leaders.

  • Establish mechanisms that provide for early identification and mentoring of staff with leadership potential.

  • Develop a succession plan for own position.


  • Create an environment that facilitates the team to initiate actions that produce results.

  • Hold self and others accountable for actions and outcomes.

  • Create an environment in which others are setting expectations and holding each other accountable.

  • Assure that the clinical perspective is included in organizational decisions.

  • Participate in at least one professional organization. Support and encourage others to participate as well.

  • Business Acumen

  • Educate patient care team members on financial implications of patient care decisions i.e. length of stay, reimbursement, risk reduction.

  • Identify future skill sets needed to remain competitive.

  • Measure and analyze performance from various perspectives, i.e. customer, staff, growth and development, business and fiscal.

  • Utilize hospital database management, decision support, and expert system programs to access information and analyze data from disparate sources for use in planning for patient care processes and systems.

  • Minimum Education

  • BSN in nursing.

  • MS preferred (in Nursing Leadership and/or Administrative services preferred).

Minimum Work Experience

  • 5 years of professional nursing experience required. 3-5 years of previous management experience required with proven understanding of financial, quality, collaboration, and service.

Required Licenses/Certifications

  • Current state registration as an RN (or eligibility to do so).

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Director must have knowledge and experience in general nursing care for Medical/Surgical patients, transformational leadership skills, developing and managing quality measures, project management experience, and strong team building characteristics. Strong verbal communication skills, writing skills, and knowledgeable about state and federal regulatory bodies. Motivational self-starter, transparency minded, and collaborative. Knowledge of human resource management; program development; and fiscal management skill.

Requisition ID: 2018-45656

Street: 2720 Stone Park Blvd

Name: 7520 UnityPoint Heath SC St Lukes

Name: Nursing Administration- SLRMC

Posting Minimum: USD $39.46/Hr.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Varies M-F

External Company Name: UnityPoint Health

External Company URL: http://www.unitypoint.org