DIRECTOR OF OBSTETRICS (PCN 1165)
Work Hours: Days
The Director of Obstetrics is responsible for championing and ensuring the provision of high quality, safe, effective, and efficient nursing care and support services to patients in the following specialties: Labor and Delivery, Postpartum and Nursery. This Director will provide clinical leadership and role model respectful, constructive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative communications, critical thinking, and problem-solving. He/she will positively influence and promote engagement and education of staff in evidence-based care practices. This position requires focus on patients’ and providers’ experiences and rounding to evaluate care, clinical needs, safety, and environmental integrity. The Director will seek organization and workflow opportunities with staff and providers. He/she will assure that quality improvement targets, nursing care policies and care protocols critical to patient outcomes, experiences, satisfaction, and discharge needs are prioritized, developed, and reviewed with staff, patients and providers. He/she will assure that departmental and hospital-wide goals are supported and reviewed with staff and inter-disciplinary teams involved. Data dashboard(s) will be developed with staff, posted, monitored, problem-solved, and achievements acknowledged regularly. He/she will set goals and objectives for practice standards in collaboration with the Medical Directors. This Director reports to the Chief Nursing Officer.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
This is an exempt management position covered under the personnel policies of the Employee Manual for Non-Union Employees. The incumbent is subject to a six-month probationary period in accordance with the provisions of the manual. The incumbent may, from time to time, be required to work more than forty hours per week and/or assist in the provision of direct patient care by maintaining the skills necessary to do so. Such work in excess of forty hours per week is a regular part of the duties and is compensated by the annual salary. The individual in this position understands and supports the overall goals of the administration of the hospital and manages the resources and activities of the Family Birthing Center to assist in accomplishing these goals. The Director must be self-directed, and able to work with minimal supervision. He/she will maintain and improve the quality of care in accordance with state and federal regulations and the hospital’s goals, quality improvement and infection prevention programs. He/she will work constructively and collaboratively with other leaders and departments of the hospital to improve and strengthen the operations and hospital’s healthy work environment commitment. He/she will support standards of nursing practice, the Alaska State Board of Nursing’s statutes and regulations and the American Nurses Association.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- Must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Alaska.
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in Obstetrics Care including Postpartum and Nursery, with 3-5 years of supervisory, and/or management experience required.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Must maintain current certifications in BLS, ACLS, PALS, AWHONN, STABLE and NRP.
- He/she must have the ability to successfully direct staffing resources, facilitate teamwork, prioritize activities, and respond in emergency-disaster-related needs.
- Speaking, active listening, and good writing skills are required to communicate with personnel and providers at all levels.
- Experience in quality improvement projects/dashboards, Skills Labs, and educational programs required.
- Mathematical/analytical ability required for time card system, meeting budget and capital preparatory and approval processes, and calculation of drug dosages, statistical analyses and other presentational/operational activities.
South Peninsula Hospital is a combined 22 bed critical access hospital and 25 bed long term care facility located on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. The Family Birthing Center consists of 3 combination Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum rooms, and a separate nursery area. The position requires walking, standing for extended periods, and the ability to lift 50 pounds. Persons in this position are exposed to infectious diseases, including all types of blood-borne pathogens, muscle strains, falls, and needle stick injuries. A mechanical lift is available for lifting patients when needed. Generally, physical demands are moderate and most work is performed inside. Work hours may fluctuate based on patient census and required meetings.