At WellStar, we all share common goals. That’s what makes us so successful – and such an integral part of our communities. We want the same things, for our organization, for our patients, and for our colleagues. As the most integrated healthcare provider in Georgia, this means we pride ourselves on investing in the communities that we serve. We continue to provide innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare.
The Executive Director of Nursing (EDON) - Critical Care and Burn is a registered professional nurse who provides leadership and
management of a specific service line through the application of advanced competencies in
communication; job knowledge, professionalism and business skills. This executive is a member of the
chief nursing officer’s administrative team and serves as her designee for assigned responsibilities He/she
effectively partners with hospital leadership,, medical staff and other departments to create a center of
excellence for their specialty service and to meet the hospital’s mission, vision and goals. This leader
administers five (5) to twenty (20) cost centers with a range of approximately 200 – 600 FTEs in a medium
or large complex case setting that is 350 to 800 beds. This EDON also handles a budget with a range from
60 to 300 million dollars.
The Executive Director of Nursing provides direct leadership for a group of nurse managers/directors or
departments and who comprise their specialty service line. He/she is a standard bearer and holds leaders
and staff accountable for the delivery of safe, quality care and services through effective communication,
fiscal accountability, and employment of transformational leadership., instilling an accountability-based
practice setting. The executive director of nursing serves as sponsor for performance improvement;
inspires others to seek opportunities to grow and improve their performance and successful applies lean
and evidenced based practice to ensure all targets pillar outcomes are achieved. This executive employs
all safety first interventions and as the chief safety officer creates a culture of safety for his/her service line
through the development/use of these skills by other leaders, physicians and staff. He/she effectively uses
data and technology to make decisions and proactively mitigates unnecessary risks for his/her area of
responsibility providing instruction and mentoring for assigned leaders to be able to do the same. This
executive ensures that nurse managers and staff create a desirable, safe work environment that enables
the organization to meet or exceed all licensure, regulatory and accreditation standards. He/She models
the way by fostering exemplary skills in attaining effective teamwork and collaboration with physicians,
staff, patients and other departments.
It is expected that all Nurse Leaders are licensed, knowledgeable and uphold the practice of nursing as
outlined by the Georgia Professional Nurse Practice Act and implements the Scope of Practice and Code
of Ethics Standards put forth by the American Nurses Association. As a member of the patient services
team, it is expected the individual upholds the voice of the patient, system policies and procedures while
supporting service excellence goals.
Required Minimum Education: Must hold either a Master’s Degree in Nursing or Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from accredited nursing schools with a Master’s Degree in related field.
Required Minimum Licensure/Certification: Registered Nurse, actively licensed in the state of Georgia. National certification in nursing administration or clinical specialty preferred. Must have a current BLS card from the American Heart Association on the first day of employment in position.
Required Minimum Experience: Minimum of 10-12 total years of experience as a Registered Nurse; includes 5-7 years of progressive operational leadership in a manager or director level role.
Required Minimum Skills:
Should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and relationship building; a knowledge of the health care environment; leadership that includes such skills as successfully implementing and managing a change process – ability to use systems thinking- and inspire, coach others to be successful; model the way for professional practice; professionalism and teamwork/collaboration for self/department/medical staff; and possess necessary business skills to manage human and material resources. Must be a continuous learner who understands health care financing; strategy and operations for running a business unit(s); and effectively employ data and technology to support work processes and make decisions. Supports shared governance or shared decision making; manage the design and delivery of care that in based on evidence and focused on quality and safety. Knowledge of risk management and various accreditation/regulations/licensing requirements assuring that these are upheld while advancing industry standards through the achievement of goals by effective management and measurement of outcomes.
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