Director of Nursing (DON): Correctional (CERMAK)
at RCM Health Care Services

Date Posted: 1/8/2020

Job Description

Director of Nursing, Cermak
Job Summary
The Director of Nursing, Cermak (DON) is responsible for providing clinical direction and leadership for effective management of nursing practice in the hospital, clinics, affiliates and departments of the Cook County Health and hospital system (CCHHS).
The DON executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines, influence organizational mission and health care, and responsibility for outcomes. The Director of Nursing is responsible for administrative functions of assigned nursing units/programs/departments. He/she functions as an administrator, educator, coach and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with other services. Must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of the facility's personnel and relate effectively with patients, families, staff and the community as well as program and service leaders of the service, department and other affiliates of CCHHS as needed. Key relationships with staff are needed to (1) Assist divisional directors, nurse managers and advanced nurse practitioners to carry out the functions and activities expected of them, (2) Contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of patient care services at CCHHS, (3) Assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of administrative and clinical programs, and (4) Collaborate with other health care staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care.
This position is exempt from Career Service under CCHHS Personnel Rules.
Typical Duties
General Administrative Responsibilities
  • Contributes to the management of CCHHS staff and CCHHS' system development and success
  • Discusses and develops CCHHS system policies and procedures
  • Consistently uses independent judgment to identify operational staffing issues and needs and perform the following functions as necessary; hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, direct or discipline employees pursuant to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Works with Labor Relations to discern past practice when necessary
  • Directs and effectuates CCHHS management policies practices
  • Accesses and proficiently navigates CCHHS records system to obtain and review information necessary to execute provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Collective Bargaining
  • Reviews applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and consults with Labor Relations to generate management proposals
  • Participates in collective bargaining negotiations, caucus discussions and working meetings
  • Documents, recommends and effectuates discipline at all levels
  • Works closely with labor relations and/or labor counsel to effectuate and enforce applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Initiates, authorizes and completes disciplinary action pursuant to CCHHS system rules, policies, procedures and provision of applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Other Responsibilities
As a key member of the nursing Management team, the DON must provide leadership, vision, and direction for Nursing and all allied health personnel
The DON must:
  • Communicate the overall mission, vision, values, and goals of CCHHS Nursing
  • Establish and maintain an effective organizational structure that is consistent with CCHHS' goals and needs
  • Demonstrate skill in administration with emphasis on strategic planning and broad policy development
  • Collaborate with professional and non-professional disciplines to address issues that affect the delivery of care or nursing practice
  • Serve as a patient advocate in all activities
  • Be a key participant in regulatory and accreditation efforts
  • Participate in annual budget preparation for specific service/department or area of practice and is responsible for monitoring and controlling expenditures
  • Be an active member of CCHHS Nursing Leadership and fully participate in all programs and activities of the nursing service department
The DON must:
  • Develop a management team that supports and carries forth the mission, vision, and values of the CCHHS
  • Ensure the delivery of evidence-based nursing practice across the system
  • Ensure total compliance with professional nursing practice standards for patient care services
  • Ensure multidisciplinary involvement in policy and procedure development
  • Determine an appropriate staffing plan/staffing methodology for determining and monitoring staffing effectiveness
  • Promote and encourage professional growth and development of all Nursing and allied health personnel
  • Work with Professional Development staff to establish performance standards for assessment/reassessment of staff competency and onboarding for new hires
  • Develop and implement organizational strategies to address improvement in the delivery of nursing care
  • Participate in the development and implementation of an outcome-driven process/performance improvement plan
  • Maintain open and collaborative relationships with leadership and peers across the CCHHS
  • Project a positive image of the system's mission, vision and values within and outside CCHHS
  • Demonstrate the highest level of professionalism in the work environment and serve as a role model for fellow health care employees
Reporting Relationships
The Director of Nursing reports to the CCHHS Executive Director of Nursing. This position also has an operating relationship to the Chief Operating Officer, Correctional Health Services for day to day operations.
Required Minimum Qualifications
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Illinois
  • Graduate of an approved school of nursing
  • Master's Degree in Nursing, Public Health, or related field such as Healthcare and/or Business Administration
  • Three (3) years executive level administrative experience
  • Five (5) years of progressive administrative/management experience in the specific area of practice (example ED/trauma management experience is required for the DON in ED/Trauma service) or equivalent nursing management experience in a related discipline required (example 5 years' experience in critical care administration)
  • Expert knowledge of nursing practice standards, state law, regulatory and accrediting organization standards (example The Joint Commission standards for hospitals)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience working with organized labor
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current theoretical approaches to the delivery of nursing care and trends in healthcare for hospitals, health care facilities and ambulatory care centers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current leadership, management, and quality improvement concepts and practices
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively lead and manage change
  • Demonstrate competence in coaching and mentoring for leadership development of direct reports
Physical and Environmental Demands
This position functions within a healthcare environment. The incumbent is responsible for adherence to all hospital and department specific safety requirements. This includes but is not limited to the following policies and procedures: complying with Personal Protective Equipment requirements, hand washing and sanitizing practices, complying with department specific engineering and work practice controls and any other work area safety precautions as specified by hospital wide policy and departmental procedures.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
General Office environment where work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking for up to 60% of the time. Environment is fast paced and some stress may occur. Visual acumen and manual dexterity for working with computer and keyboards is required.

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