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Providence Health & Services Director of Education, Professional Practice and Nursing Quality in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a Director of Education, Professional Practice and Nursing Quality - Nursing Service Administration (1.0 FTE, Days) to Providence St Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR

We are seeking a Director Education, Professional Practice and Nursing Quality - Nursing Service Administration that will assist the Chief Nursing Officer in the administration and leadership of achieving the goals of the department, organization and clinical service area. Assumes responsibility for the oversight and outcomes within a specified clinical specialty area by forecasting trends, setting strategic objectives, providing leadership and development to RN Coordinator- Clinical Education caregivers, and through the implementation of actions to achieve defined clinical, financial and strategic outcomes. Demonstrates advanced communication skills and the ability to manage and mediate conflict, appropriately settling disputes while upholding the organization's commitment to core values, productivity and quality.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Actively update knowledge of nursing leaders and caregivers about nursing trends, issues, patient care, outcomes, and practice

  • Oversee the recruitment, selection and development of nurse leaders within a defined area, and assumes accountability for the recruitment, retention, development and satisfaction of staff within the area

  • Develop and manage the budget for the assigned clinical division

  • Assess, plan, initiate and evaluate teaching/coaching based on assessment of person, professional or organizational needs

  • Identify the needs of nursing and ancillary departments that provide patient care as it relates to the strategic plan, departmental objectives and support of clinical and management decisions

  • Set Nursing Practice Standards based on scientific and research-based principles to promote clinical innovation and nursing research across clinical practice settings

  • Represent Department of Nursing and patient care on internal and external committees and task forces locally and nationally; this includes Clinical Ladder Board

  • Advocate for excellence in patient care and nursing practice, for changes in process of care delivery, and for professional development opportunities

  • Define, develop, and direct implementation of departmental goals and programs for the organization and recommends directional changes as appropriate

  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of existing and new programs aimed at improving care delivery, patient safety, service and other Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Oregon Region System objectives

  • Promote and expand a culture of safety, high reliability, and ownership for quality and safety throughout the ministry (and with Caregivers at all levels)

  • Serve as a change agent and champion to drive organizational transformation in alignment with strategy and vision

  • Collaborate with executives and engages with leaders and Caregivers throughout the organization in a hands-on fashion to build professional practice efficiency and a sense of shared accountability

  • Identify opportunities for improvement based on evidence-based practices, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements and monitoring of high risk, high volume and/or problem prone processes

  • Be responsible for supporting and maintaining the ministry’s American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Designation

  • Meet routinely with Nurses, Physicians, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nursing Supervisors, Social Workers, Case Managers and/or Acute and Critical Care Managers, Clinical Development Specialists, Managers, other clinical departments and their leaders, and ancillary departments to assess needs in relation to providing quality care to the patients served

  • Advocate for, develops, uses and coaches others in utilization of resources available to assist when resolving an ethical dilemma that protects patient rights and autonomy

  • Provide consultation and guidance to nursing units and divisions on achieving quality, productivity and patient satisfaction goals


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Master's Degree in an applied clinical field

  • Current Nursing License in the State of Oregon

  • Five (5) years of healthcare/direct clinic patient care, with experience in progressive leadership roles

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Coursework/Training: Change facilitator, Lean Belt

  • Healthcare specific emergency management experience

  • National RN specialty certification

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

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Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Clinical Director/Executive

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 268849