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Executive of Director of Nursing - Critical Care and Burn

WellStar Health System Austell Full-Time
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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.

Skills required

Ensure Compliance
Provide Direction
Provide Actionable Feedback
Diseases And Disorders
Provide Clinical Leadership
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WellStar Health System – the largest health system in Georgia and a nonprofit organization – is recognized as a national leader in comprehensive, world-class care, emphasizing improved access and affordability.

Serving a population of more than one million residents in northwest metropolitan Atlanta, WellStar consistently looks at total patient wellness and works to ensure that all systems support that focus. Healthy patients come from healthy neighborhoods. So we keep a keen eye on our community’s emerging needs in order to equip our facilities with the best, most critical, new technology and deliver the right care, at the right time in the right place.

In support of this ambition, we have recently expanded our footprint with the acquisition of Tenet Healthcare’s Georgia-based hospitals and a new partnership with West Georgia Health. This means WellStar can now share its vision of world-class healthcare with new communities and patients, and is better positioned to serve patients for years to come. We will grow to more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice professionals across more than 200 medical office locations and numerous outpatient facilities.

As a nonprofit, The WellStar Foundation continues each year to fund initiatives ranging from new buildings and facilities to new technologies and services, such as genetic testing.

WellStar is committed to its Employer of Choice strategy that has led to numerous accolades for work/life balance, including being named in FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for the past three years. With industry awards ranging from Integrated Delivery Networks to Working Mother magazine’s “Best Places to Work,” WellStar strives to provide the best care possible with Atlanta’s top medical professionals. This is a career destination where you can begin, build and end a challenging, meaningful and fulfilling working life.

Whether you’re looking for a physician online or through our 956-STAR Call Center, we can connect you with the South’s best doctors – right around the corner. And if you’re looking for a career with one of the best companies in the state, WellStar is the place for you.

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