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Exec. Dir. Nursing Acute Care

Cobb Hospital • Austell, Georgia • Shift • Full Time • JR-15383

Facility: Cobb Hospital

Job Summary:

Location: Wellstar Cobb Hospital - Austell, GA | Acute care surgical, orthopedic, trauma and elective orthopedic units

The Executive Director of Nursing (EDON), for Acute Care Services is a registered professional nurse who provides leadership and management of a clinical operations for a multi-specialty units at Cobb Hospital, 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 Medical Group leadership, to include physicians and operators, as well as other departments to create a center of excellence for their specialty service and to meet the Medical Group's mission, vision and goals. 

The Executive Director of Nursing provides direct leadership for a group of nurse administrators/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 successfully applies lean and evidenced based practice to ensure all targets pillar outcomes are achieved. This executive employs all safety-first interventions and works with the patient safety and operational leaders to create   a culture of safety for ambulatory care through the development/use of these skills by other leaders, providers 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 nursing administrators work with operational leaders and staff to 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 providers, staff, patients and other departments.

This Executive Director of Nursing also oversees the Employee Health Covid pathway for all Wellstar employees. This team of nurses is led by a Director of Nursing, who in partnership with the Medical Director, is responsible for the clinical management and disposition of Covid positive employees from the point of testing to their return to work. This team is point and collaborates with system leaders including hospital presidents, human resources, employee health, CNOs, legal and compliance in the journey of these team members back to work. This nursing leader serves as the pathway subject matter expert and also manages the data and analytics associated will all team member testing and the report out to system leaders.

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.

Core Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Effectively identifies areas of improvement of leaders and clinical systems and sponsors projects to improve the same. Includes assuring nursing division meets or exceeds licensure, regulatory and accreditation standards.
  • Applies the effective use of data and evidence to support decision making for clinical and operational responsibilities and demonstrates awareness of legal and ethical issues related to patient and staff data, information and confidentiality

Required Minimum Education:

Master's Degree in Nursing or Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from accredited nursing schools with a Masters Degree in related field is REQUIRED

Required Minimum License(s) and Certification(s):
All certifications are required upon hire unless otherwise stated.

  • Reg Nurse (Single State) or RN - Multi-state Compact
  • Basic Life Support or BLS - Instructor

Additional License(s) and Certification(s):

Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia or hold a privilege to practice in the State of Georgia under the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Required and
Must have a current BLS card from the American Heart Association on the first day of employment in position Required and
National certification in nursing administration or clinical specialty Preferred

Required Minimum Experience:

Minimum 10 years 12 total years of experience as a Registered Nurse Required and
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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