The Chief Nurse Executive – Pediatrics role is a key strategic position, providing vision and direction for pediatric nursing throughout Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network and the MultiCare Health System. The incumbent is accountable for professional nursing practice for all pediatric and neonatal departments of the hospitals in which licensed nurses practice (inpatient and outpatient settings), fostering innovative workforce development, professional nursing staff development and regulating nurse credentialing. The incumbent is also accountable for nursing operations of Mary Bridge Children’s facilities, units and programs throughout the Pacific Northwest. This includes responsibility for defining pediatric nursing care and establishing a consistent approach to clinical practice, the development and implementation of clinical pathways and departmental policies and procedures that describe how nursing care needs of pediatric patients are assessed, evaluated, and met. This position will also have accountability for ensuring high quality patient care with a focus on patient safety, customer satisfaction, nurse education and training, recruitment, retention as well as achieving and maintaining Pathways to Excellence in Nursing status.
Provides leadership in elevating the practice of nursing services within MHS and affiliates through the development of a Pediatric Nursing Strategic Plan, ongoing monitoring of nursing performance standards and by serving as a professional role model and mentor to develop, recruit and retain future clinicians.
Strategically ensures the continued delivery of high quality, state-of-the-art Pediatric nursing care and services in all facets of hospital operations at MHS.
Responsible for creating and sustaining a strong, vibrant nursing culture and safety culture throughout MHS and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network.
Leads Clinical Nursing Operations and actively serves as a Senior Executive of the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network team, reporting the President. Serves on the MBCHHN President’s Council.
Participates in the system level work created by the Nurse Executive Council (NEC) and the System Clinical Council (SCC), as well as providing thought leadership to these groups, in addition to Mary Bridge.
Collaborates in the organization-wide healthcare delivery system and process design, including the physical work environment, use of technology applications, workload measurements based upon care needs, clinical and financial projection models, data collection and analysis, outcome identification and measurement, practice innovations, and recruitment and retention initiatives.
Takes an active lead in MHS High Reliability Organization (HRO) journey, including the support of HRO care behaviors training and education.
Accountable for measurement, assessment and improvement in nurse sensitive patient and organizational outcomes, as well as the assurance of a professional nursing practice environment in which registered nurses, and other professional clinical staff, are autonomous, govern their practice, and are empowered to provide effective, efficient, safe and compassionate quality care.
Provides leadership in planning, developing, integrating high quality, cost-effective, and customer-centered nursing services.
Ensures overall management of clinical practice, education, and professional development and nursing research activities. Maintains knowledge of developments in pediatric patient care delivery through professional association memberships, certifications, seminars and conference attendance.
Participates at the executive level in the planning, development, and implementation of hospital and system initiatives in development of clinical protocols, application of information technology, monitoring outcomes and performance.
Develops the leadership skills of professional nursing leadership. Develops, coaches and supports the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams to accomplish the goals of MHS.
Performs human resources responsibilities for staff which include interviewing and selection of new employees, promotions, staff development, performance evaluations, compensation changes, resolution of employee concerns, corrective actions, terminations, and overall staff engagement and wellness.
Accountable for the performance of all pediatric operating units related to finance, quality and safety, patient and family experience, staff and provider engagement, expanding access to care, population health and clinical program development.
Develops and recommends operating and capital budgets and controls expenditures within approved budget objectives.
Responsible for understanding and adhering to the organization's Code of Ethical Conduct and for ensuring that personal actions, and the actions of employees supervised, comply with the policies, regulations and laws applicable to the organization's business.
Adheres to MHS Attendance and Punctuality Policy and Procedure standards, and maintains reliable attendance
Contributes to the success of the organization by meeting organizational competency expectations and core values (respect, integrity, stewardship, excellence, collaboration and kindness), continuously learning, and by performing other duties as needed or assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the culture and environment associated with managing a complex service organization in a highly competitive, turbulent, market-driven environment
Knowledge of current theoretical approaches to the delivery of patient care and ability to present an entrepreneurial approach to delivery of health care services
Knowledge of healthcare practice regulations (such as the Joint Commission, CMS and DOH standards), healthcare financing and regulations for non-profit institutions
In-depth knowledge of day-to-day operations within his/her hospital and areas of responsibility as well as acute care management and health care trends
Knowledge and skill necessary to provide care that is appropriate for the community being served
Knowledge of growth and development of the life span
Knowledge of labor relations in a predominantly unionized setting
Knowledge of system policies and established confidentiality policies
Knowledge of finance and budgeting
Knowledge of continuous quality improvement principals and practices as well as knowledge of skill in the use of interpretation of data
Skill in negotiations and diplomacy
Skill in providing strong leadership and in the mentoring of staff
Ability to assess data to identify the requirements of each patient relative to age-specific needs
Ability to identify needs, trends, and forecast
Ability to establish and maintain a cohesive work team in a climate that will achieve optimal performance levels
Ability to communicate a sense of outcome, goal, or direction
Ability to create and communicate meaning with clarity and understanding
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Master’s degree in Nursing required, additional master’s level education and training in Hospital and Health System Administration, Business Administration or a Doctorate in Nursing with a Systems focus is a plus.
Current license as Registered Nurse in the State of Washington
Minimum of 6 years’ experience in progressively more responsible management positions, preferably the hospital and clinic setting
Experience in hospital and clinic operations management
MultiCare is a not-for-profit healthcare system with roots that go back well over 100 years, since the founding of Tacoma’s first hospital. Today, we are the largest community based, locally governed health system in the state of Washington with more than 20,000 team members, including employees, providers and volunteers. At MultiCare, we’re driven by a desire to make healthcare better, more affordable, and easier access. We are changing lives for the better and that makes our lives better, too.