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Nursing Services Unit Manager - Intensive Care

Company: Natividad Medical Center
Location: Salinas
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Job Description:

Position DescriptionApplication materials will be reviewed in an ongoing basis until position is filled. Please allow up to (2) two weeks for processing of application materials. (Postmarks and faxes not accepted.) The eligible list established by this recruitment maybe used to fill current and future permanent or temporary vacancies as they arise (Natividad offers up to a $5,000 sign-on bonus to candidates hired into a permanent position). Exam# 21/52A92/04CR.
POSITION DESCRIPTIONThe Nursing Services Unit Manager reports directly to the Chief Nursing Officer, and is responsible for managing the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Natividad. This position has overall accountability for supervision of staff, patient care and division management 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and is responsible for ensuring that the Intensive Care Unit meet all patient safety goals, quality assurance guidelines, The Joint Commission (TJC) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Federal and State laws and regulations, and all other requirements and standards, and performs other related work as required.Examples of DutiesSIGNIFICANT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

  • Leads, plans, organizes and directs the services of the Intensive Care Unit; reviews and evaluates administrative and nursing procedures; establishes nursing and unit specific standards and initiate changes as needed; confers with management and supervisory staff to discuss on-going unit management and patient care issues, including but not limited to: the assessment of patients, implementation of doctor's orders, treatment plans and medical procedures, administration of medication and record keeping of same.
  • Prepares a variety of reports, correspondence, and memoranda; direct the preparation and maintenance of nursing records, reports, and statistics in accordance with administrative and nursing policies and The Joint Commission (TJC) and Title 22 regulations
  • Ensures appropriate staffing levels are maintained twenty-four (24) hours per day, 365 days per year to meet Title 22 state staffing regulations. Ensures that the patient acuity system for the division's accurately reflect the acuity and staffing needed to provide safe, quality patient care. Conduct ongoing review of unit staffing plans to meet the needs of the patients, including fluctuating staff to ensure staffing efficiencies are obtained
  • Assures compliance with interdisciplinary and unit specific policies, medical staff bylaws, policies and procedures, TJC, DHHS and other licensing authorities' guidelines, standards, laws and regulations applicable to the Intensive Care Unit; develops and implements policies, procedures and protocols in accordance with TJC, DHHS, State, Federal and other administrative and regulatory agency directives.
  • Develops, monitors, and implements quality control standards related to the Intensive Care Unit, to include measures to monitor patient safety, compliance, and customer service satisfaction. Collects and analyzes data to monitor improvement in selected areas to ensure continuous quality improvement. Conducts focus review studies on selected areas where opportunities for improvement have been identified. Prepares written quality assurance reports and verbal presentation to appropriate committees as needed. Reviews, updates, and revises quality assurance plans for the Intensive Care Unit on an ongoing basis.
  • Reviews reports and recommendations from authorized licensing, planning, regulatory and inspecting agencies and prepares appropriate plan of action when needed.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors unit's annual expense and revenue budget and operating plan; and ensures it is in alignment with the organization's strategic operating plan. Prepares and submits requests for capital expenditures. Authorize expenditures; manage purchase orders for the division; monitor and analyze the financial reports and trends for the Intensive Care Unit and prepares monthly variance reports to the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Manages the Intensive Care Unit productivity by setting benchmarks, utilizing all productivity reports and tools, monitoring variances and putting plans into immediate action to assure that standards are being met. Actively manage employee's schedules to achieve maximum staffing efficiencies while maintaining quality care.
  • Interviews, selects, evaluates and disciplines all clinical and non-clinical personnel assigned to the Intensive Care Unit
  • Promotes the best practices of the nursing profession and encourages staff to continue to develop and acquire additional nursing skills. Serves as a mentor to encourage their continued education and certification in the nursing field as it relates to their assignment and career goals.
  • Manage change in an interdisciplinary health care delivery system such as restructuring/streamlining work flow/processes, and technological advances and trends in the focus of health care delivery appropriate to the Intensive Care Unit.
  • Actively promotes the nursing profession through outreach to local school, colleges and vocational schools and assists with hospital tours, job fairs, and open houses; and participates in professional nursing organizations, subgroups and committees.
  • Responds appropriately to all patient concerns in a timely manner. Investigates patient complaints and takes appropriate corrective action. Refers all complicated and monetary complaints to the Chief Nursing Officer. Ensures that quality review reports are filed in a timely manner and that the Quality Administrator is advised of unusual occurrences.
  • Conducts and participates in staff meetings, shift reports, in-service training sessions and administrative meetings and committees. Assists the Nursing Education Department with providing appropriate updates, annual and continuing educational training to department staff, clinicians and staff.
  • Develop, expand and implement medical programs or health services that promote quality patient care in line with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Hospital. Promotes the services of the Intensive Care Unit. Provides ongoing assessment of services and programs. Broadens community awareness with the goal of increasing utilization of their division; works collaboratively with physicians and other leaders to plan and implement services in order to meet the needs of the patients and the community. Maintains effective business relationships both internal and external which support and promote the Intensive Care Unit.
  • Reviews and analyzes Intensive Care Unit activities and data to aid in planning, cash and risk management and to improve service utilization; Identifies and recommends new products, services and equipment which will reduce operating costs and improve quality and efficiency of the Intensive Care Unit.
  • Maintain open communication between division staff, other managers, medical staff and administration by attending appropriate meetings and coordinating interdepartmental activities when needed.
  • Works collaboratively with the Utilization Review, Case Management, and Social Services departments to ensure appropriate utilization of services, discharge of patients, and patient support when needed. Monitors use of diagnostic services, inpatient beds, facilities and staff to ensure effective use of resources and to assess the need for additional staff, equipment and/or services.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with physicians, department managers, along with other internal and external customers.
  • May provide skilled nursing care to patients as needed.Examples of Experience/Education/TrainingMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSRequired Licensure: Pursuant to California Code of Regulations 70055(33), possession of a valid California Registered Nurse (RN) license is required.


    Thorough knowledge of:
    • Current principles, practices, techniques, policies and procedures of nursing theory, practice, and management
    • Health care practices, procedures, terminology and technology as they relate to nursing practice
    • The five medication rights; medications and their correct administration based on age of patient and clinical condition; utilization and effects of medications, including narcotics; appropriate pain management techniques
    • Principles and practices of effective management and supervision
    • TJC, Title 22, Federal and State regulations, guidelines and laws affecting the nursing practice, patients' rights and unit management
      Working knowledge of:
      • Principles and practices of quality assurance guidelines as they relate to the health care field control and evaluation
      • Safety policies, procedures and practices as they relate to nursing
      • Computer application related to nursing services
        Skill and Ability to:
        • Perform the full range of nursing duties for assigned nursing unit.
        • Interpret data about patient status in order to identify age specific needs; plan for and provide age appropriate care to the patient population served in the assigned unit
        • Plan, organize and direct nursing services
        • Appraise performance, counsel and motivate employees; prepare documentation and implement corrective and disciplinary measures
        • Plan and organize orientation and in-service training for staff; provide constructive feedback in a timely manner, conduct evaluations on staff and provide staff with a performance improvement plan when applicable
        • Maintain quality control to assure compliance with safety and accreditation standards and regulations
        • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
        • Effectively utilize staff, supplies and equipment
        • Analyze data and present ideas and information clearly, both orally and in writingEXAMPLES OF EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/TRAININGThe knowledge, skills and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training, typically:Three (3) years of supervisory experience in an Intensive Care Unit, ten years nursing experience with at least five years within an Intensive Care Unit AND completion of coursework leading to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing or Masters of Science in Nursing. A Masters of Science in Nursing or Healthcare Administration is preferred.Additional InformationCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
          • Natividad requires that all incumbents pass a pre-employment physical/medical assessment.
          • Natividad will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
          • Employees who drive on County business to carry out job related duties must possess a valid CA Driver License for the class vehicle driven.
          • Employees must have and show their original Social Security Card and a valid CA Driver License or CA State ID prior to the first day of work.
          • Incumbents may be required to work all shifts, including weekends and holidays;
          • Incumbents may be required to work with potentially hazardous and infectious substances.
            The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package, please view Unit X's Benefit Summary Sheet at:**REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS AND SCREENING PROCESS**
            APPLICATION SUBMISSION: A completed Monterey County Application may be obtained from and submitted to the Natividad Human Resources Office, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Bldg. 300, Salinas, CA. 93906, or On-line applications may be submitted at; required resume and license and/or certifications (if applicable) may be attached to your online application or emailed separately to: For more information or to obtain regular paper application materials please contact the Natividad HR, 1441 Constitution Blvd.,(831) 783-2700, M - F, 7:30 a.m.- 5:00p.m.QUALIFICATIONS APPRAISAL: All licenses/certificates will be verified via primary source. Completed application materials will be competitively evaluated. The best-qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the process.QUALIFICATIONS ASSESSMENT: To further assess applicants' possessions of required qualifications, this process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exam, or physical ability exam.ELIGIBLE LIST: Applicants successful in the Qualifications Assessment process will be placed on an eligible list for possible final selection interview. This eligible list will be used to fill current and future vacancies.SPECIAL NOTES

            • If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please contact the HR Analyst for Natividad at (831) 783-2711.
            • Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.
            • If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, you will not be eligible for the benefits.(Natividad offers up to a $5,000 sign-on bonus to candidates hired into a permanent position).

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