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Unit Director- Operating Room

Company: UPMC - Pittsburgh Medical Center
Location: Erie
Posted on: June 8, 2024

Job Description:

Job DescriptionUPMC Hamot, a Magnet designated facility located in Erie, PA is hiring a Unit Director to oversee the Main Operating Room
The Unit Director of the Main OR has 24/7 accountability for a 17 room OR. We perform a variety of surgical procedures ranging from general surgery, robotics, orthopedics, neurosurgery, trauma, renal transplants, and much more. This individual will work with a wide range of professionals including surgeons, anesthesia, RNs, surgical technologists, and more. We are looking for someone who has strong communication skills, can effectively manage multiple priorities, is organized, and driven to create a safe and efficient surgical environment for our patients.
This position is Monday-Friday primarily day shift, with on-call hours.
$15,000 sign-on bonus available for experienced nurses
Title and salary will be determined based upon education and nursing experience.
Purpose:The Unit Director is accountable for leading and managing their assigned area 24/7 to ensure excellent patient and employee experiences. Responsibilities include improving patient care quality, fostering a healthy workplace, overseeing clinical and administrative functions, and collaborating with medical staff on patient outcomes and quality priorities. They support shared governance through professional practice councils, implement safety improvements based on staff feedback, and cultivate a climate for employee growth. Additionally, they oversee staff selection, orientation, and performance management, including employee evaluations, daily unit performance, and budget management.

  • Collaborates with medical staff to monitor patient outcomes; set clinical quality priorities, recommend and implement professional improvements and initiatives and implement unit based patient safety initiatives. Monitors dashboard indicators and quality in unit/department to meet organizational goals and develops action plans to address specific concerns and improve quality. Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care.
  • Shares learning from improvements with other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system. Analyzes nurse and patient satisfaction outcome data and develops action plan to address as needed. Supports and encourages involvement of staff nurses in the development and implementation of evidence based practice and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication. Resolves and manages conflict effectively and in a timely manner. Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations. Cares for patients and self by planning a department work schedule in collaboration with team members that supports safety, appropriate worked hours, and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Conveys information and ideas clearly through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. Coaches staff on cultural diversity and addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment. Creates an environment which recognizes and values differences in staff, physicians, patients, and communities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to create a shared vision applies critical thinking skills and utilizes financial and quality data and conceptual knowledge in the development of the department vision and operational plan. Involves staff and key stakeholders in the development of a vision for the unit/ department within a shared governance model of practice. Orchestrates complex change and acknowledges the psychological transition on self and others.
  • Involves stakeholders and experts in planning, designing, and redesigning change. Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one/s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations and individual involved. Supports staff during times of difficult transitions. Demonstrates ability to influence the external environment through participation in professional and advocacy organizations.
  • Establishes a culture of caring by promoting decisions that are patient centered and within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process that meets the clinical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient, family and staff.
  • Ensures that nurses practice in accordance with established Clinical Standards of Performance as defined by organization, system, professional and regulatory organizations. Applies national best practices and uses evidence based practice to build a culture of excellence in patient care. Promotes interdisciplinary partnership and consultation of hospital staff and health care team through participation in committees and related activities to ensure appropriate care and services for patients and families.
  • Sets clinical, financial, and human resources priorities for improvement in concert with organizational goals. Demonstrates sound fiscal responsibility in the development and management of the department budget and holds staff accountable for the efficient use of resources including but not limited to managing flexible staffing patterns to meet patient care needs.
  • Sets high standards of performance for self and others by imposing standards of excellence and development of inquiry skills that are innovative, optimistic, and supportive of professional growth. Creates developmental paths and plans for staff to increase the expertise and caliber of staff. Initiates innovation in staff development, clinical orientation, continuing education, and supports specialty certification. Develops a best practice climate for the growth and development of students as well as new nurses.
  • Actively recruits nursing students through the establishment of exceptional clinical experiences. Supports shared governance through a unit-based professional practice council and utilization of staff feedback to make changes to improve care, nursing practice, and /or the work.
  • The Unit Director is expected to lead and develop all Clinician(s) that report directly to them to build strong leadership and communication skills, as well as mentorship in daily leadership responsibilities. Supports Clinician(s) in their role of oversight of direct reports, including difficult conversations, performance reviews, and recruitment.
  • Assist with planning, implementing, and verifying that all direct care providers and direct care staff have the required knowledge and skills/attitude-based competencies assessed to address gaps and verified.

    • Demonstrates knowledge and skills to provide age-appropriate care and interaction for patients across the lifespan.
    • Understands principles of growth and development over the life span.
    • Ability to assess patient data and interpret information to meet age-specific needs.
    • Minimum of 4 years progressive leadership experience required.
    • Relevant clinical experience preferred.
    • Analytical ability to evaluate staff and address clinical issues.
    • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems.
    • Leadership skills to develop staff and maintain standards of performance.
    • Compliance with administrative requirements.
    • Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Effective relationship-building with patients, families, staff, physicians, and hospital personnel.
    • Written and verbal communication proficiency
    • BS/BSN required at time of hire, Master's degree/MSN preferred. If BS degree not in nursing, a Master's or higher degree in Nursing is required. If Master's degree not in nursing, a BSN is required.
    • If the master's degree/MSN is not present at time of hire, must be enrolled in a Master's or MSN program within one year of hire/transfer date and completed within three years of enrollment.

      Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

      • Registered Nurse (RN)
      • Act 33 with renewal
      • Act 34 with renewal
      • Act 73 FBI Clearance

        *Current licensure either in the state where the facility is located or, if the facility is in a state covered by the multistate Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) agreement, a multistate license issued by a participating NLC state. Hires and current employees working on an out-of-state NLC license who later change their residency to the state where the facility is also located will have 60 days upon changing their residency to apply for licensure within that state.

        UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

        If you would like to discuss this opportunity and more with a Recruiter for Hamot Nursing and Nursing Support, you can schedule an appointment to meet with us during our virtual office hours! We are available Mondays and Wednesdays 8AM-10AM, 12PM-2PM, 5PM-7PM. We are also available every first Saturday of the month by request, please email to request Saturdays.
        Please click this link to schedule an appointment: Hamot Recruiter Office Hours Scheduling

Keywords: UPMC - Pittsburgh Medical Center, Erie , Unit Director- Operating Room, Executive , Erie, Pennsylvania

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