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Nursing Director
Req. #: 51152
Department: Nursing Administration
Location: 1201 E. Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Hours: Professional Practice
Job Details:

VCU Health System is seeking a self-directed, highly experienced, progressive nursing leader to assume the position of full-time, Nursing Director of Professional Practice


Unified by the core purpose of creating a healthier community one person at a time, the members of the Patient Care Services division commit themselves to sustaining a culture focused on achieving optimal patient outcomes.  Each employee is obligated to deliver highly reliable care while adhering to all national patient safety goals.  This occurs within a learning environment that is supporting and just, where each employee is valued for their contribution to the collective safety of patients, staff and visitors.  Of equal importance is each employee's commitment ot the value of teamwork in order to promote a unified and spirited workplace.


The Director will provide visionary leadership to individuals and interdisciplinary teams, which ultimately serve to advantage the care for patients and families.  Collaboration with senior leadership, management, and physician colleagues to achieve programmatic goals is a key expectation.  The role requires the synthesis of expert knowledge in the area of magnet qualifications, scientific research and clinical practice standards in the practice settings.


The Director will take a leadership role in overseeing the Clinical ladder and nursing professional development programs, supporting the application of evidenced-based practice, and defining innovative strategies to build a culture of clinical excellence and reliable care.


The Director will be responsible for overseeing activities within the Patient Care Service division related to professional nursing practice, care delivery systems, evidenced-based practice, and nursing outcome improvement.  The incumbent will oversee and coordinate efforts to maintain Magnet Hospital designation and achieve compliance with all Magnet Program requirements.





Professional Development:  Establish and implement strategies and programs to inspire, promote and advance the professional development of clinical staff.

Clinical Excellence: Ensure the integration of innovative strategies that build a culture of clinical excellence and reliable care.

Magnet Program: Oversee the advancement of the Magnet Recognition program, Clinical Ladder and other programs in alignment with the CNO and the organizational strategic plans.

Operations: Ensure effective operation of department and service areas.

Fiscal Management: Plan, development and implement strategies for achieving financial performance goals.

Relationship Management: Develop collegial relationships with peers, medical staff, direct reports and customers.

Patient Care Values: Exhibit an understanding and demonstration of the Patient Care Values in interaction with patients, families and co-workers.




A visible leader with an approachable, personable and optimistic demeanor coupled with the ability to engage, empower and motivate others.  Expert verbal and written communication skills, proficiency in presentations, and a record of professional presentations and publications.  Working knowledge and understanding of a magnet-designated nursing organization and the ability to provide guidance and support to maintain designation.  Ability to promote scholarly thinking and provide expert support and guidance for the nursing research activities.  Strong analytic skills and the ability to develop and use metrics for program evaluation. Energetic, organized leader with the ability to stay on task with multiple priorities.  Ability to develop an effective team with a shared vision and success in achieving goals, objectives and collaborative practice.  Ability to promote the effective use of information systems and to gain relevant information about nursing practice and nursing process.  Understanding of the interface between nursing practice and information technologies.



Masters Degree in Nursing or a related field. from an accredited school.  If Masters Degree is not in Nursing, then it is a requirement to have a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited school.

Current RN licensure in Virginia

Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant clinical experience with five (5) years of progressive leadership or management experience



Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.  Certification in specialty area.



Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.

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