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Associate Director, Clinical Nursing – Mixed Hematology (G19)

MD Anderson

This is a Contract position in Houston, TX posted April 26, 2019.

The mission of The University of Texas M.


Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The primary purpose of the Associate Director position is to provide strategic, creative long term and daily operational leadership for the assigned inpatient unit.

The Associate Director promotes a professional nursing practice environment, and is accountable and responsible for all aspects of clinical operations, finance, human resources, and quality outcome management.

KEY FUNCTIONS Transformational Leadership and Structural Empowerment: The Associate Director is visionary and influential in leading an assigned unit, utilizing systems thinking and change theory to transform the unit’s values, beliefs, and behaviors to meet the demands of the future.

Develops unit budget plans in collaboration with the Inpatient Business Manager Recognizes trends and responds in a cost effective manner to changing patient population, staff and inter-professional team requirements Accountable for design, implementation and evaluation of unit staffing plans, in collaboration with the Inpatient Business Manager, considering skill mix, staff and patient care requirements Creates and supports an environment where staff practice with autonomy.

Serves as a change agent, leading others in understanding the importance, necessity, effect and process of change.

Creates an environment for exceptional professional nursing practice and serves as a role model by fostering peer relationships and participating in coaching and mentoring.

Structural Empowerment: The Associate Director develops, directs, and empowers staff to problem solve in order to meet organizational and unit goals and achieve desired outcomes.

Manages human resource activities for all clinical and clerical staff including recruitment, retention, supervision, evaluation and productivity Recruitment: Identifies recruits, develops and retains top talent through effective performance management.

Retention: Engages staff in career counseling to identify and foster opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.

Supervision: Implements principles and practices of an environment of Just Culture that facilitates non-punitive accountability for performance.

Evaluation: Oversees performance of staff through the use of annual evaluations, rewards, recognition, counseling and disciplinary action.

Productivity: Develops, directs and empowers staff to accomplish organizational and departmental goals to achieve desired outcomes.

Directs the Nurse Manager and the Clinical Nurse Leader in the improvement of health and patient outcomes by strengthening practice, building strong relationships, and developing partnerships on the unit and within the organization.

Exemplary Professional Practice: The Associate Director demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the role of nursing and its application to patients, families, communities, and the inter-professional team, and applies new knowledge and evidence.

Develops, implements, and evaluates evidence-based, quality clinical nursing practice consistent with current nursing research, the Professional Practice Model, the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Texas, institutional, and national practice standards.

Establishes a measurable, outcome focused, systematic approach to patient care delivery; identifies, implements, and evaluates opportunities for improvement.

Creates an environment that fosters effective communication and collaboration with other leaders, departments, disciplines, staff, patients, and families.

Creates an environment that cultivates an understanding and integration of ethical principles into clinical practice.

Seeks opportunities to broaden knowledge relevant to the Associate Director role and healthcare though engagement in professional organizations and commitment to life-long learning.

New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements and Empirical Outcomes: The Associate Director is responsible and accountable for providing strong leadership, empowering professionals, and exemplary practice.

Applies new or existing evidence in setting unit patient care standards, incorporating new knowledge, innovation, and improvements in unit clinical practice, patient care delivery systems, and work design.

Creates a unit vision that incorporates current and future healthcare economics, policy, regulatory and sociopolitical knowledge.

Leads and provides support for the application of patient care delivery system and the Professional Practice Model.

Demonstrates leadership that incorporates evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, and patient safety initiatives to ensure the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims: safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.

Empirical Outcomes: The Associate Director demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of, and ability to analyze and disseminate, empirical outcomes, including the impact of quality improvement initiatives and institutional best practices on the patient population, nursing workforce and institution, as reflected in unit and institutional metrics.

Initiates, monitors, manages, and improves unit performance and processes based on outcome data.

Analyzes and trends unit data in order to develop action plans to improve and sustain outcomes by hardwiring practices.

Establishes expectations for and initiates plans to address performance improvement based on review of outcomes data.

Mentors and provides leadership to staff to improve or sustain unit performance on outcomes measures.

EDUCATION Required: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

EXPERIENCE Required: Six years of professional nursing experience with two years in cancer care.

Two years of management experience in the management of direct patient care activities.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. Additional Information Requisition ID: 125461 Employment Status: Full-Time Employee Status: Regular FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Work Week: Days, Weekends Fund Type: Hard Pivotal Position: No Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 118,000 Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 147,500 Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 177,000 SDL2017