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Director of Nursing

Patient Care Admin 
Full Time 
Day Shift 
8am - 5pm

Rated as one of the Top 25 Best Hospitals to Work for in the U.S., the heart of LMC is our 508-bed modern state-of-the-art facility. Winning the prestigious, "Summit Award" from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction, "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation, all contributing to our reputation for giving our patients the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center was voted one of South Carolina’s “Best Places to Work” for 2019!

We are located in heart of the Midlands, right outside of Columbia, SC, and one of the most successful integrated healthcare systems in the Southeast. As the third largest employer in the Midlands, we invite you to be a part of our ongoing success and join our LMC Family.

Job Summary

The Director of Nursing has responsibility and accountability for the operation and management of specific patient care services. This includes planning, organizing and coordinating patient care delivery to meet established standards as well as developing and managing personnel and fiscal resources. Promotes a practice environment that empowers others to provide effective, compassionate and efficient patient care. The Director appropriately delegates responsibilities to coordinate operations of the assigned services. Provides direction and leadership for the staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education: Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Masters Degree Nursing or other Healthcare Related Field
Minimum Years of Experience: 5 Years of experience in Nursing of which 2 years must be in supervisory capacity
Substitutable Education & Experience (Optional): Consideration will be given to candidate enrolled in Master's program with the understanding that degree must be completed within 12 months of entering role
Required Certifications/Licensure: Current licensure as a Registered Nurse by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina; National nursing certification in specialty (Can be a acquired within 6 months of being in role).
Required Training: None.

Essential Functions

  • Provides leadership for provision and maintenance of a safe, progressive and therapeutic environment for delivery of patient care.
  • Identifies trends and changes in health care delivery and clinical practice, as well as collaborates with staff to make improvements. Collaborates with staff and leaders to bring about needed change in delivery of care.
  • Ensures development, and implementation of systems to support measurement of patient care outcomes, utilization of standards of practice and hospital policy for assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures that each department has an implemented quality monitoring plan that measures patient outcomes and practice standards and that improvement actions plans are designed and implemented when adherence to standards meets thresholds for evaluation.
  • Contributes to shared governance process and assumes responsibility for effective operation of departmental personnel.
  • Ensures that members of the staff serve on appropriate hospital committees and PI task forces to identify opportunities for improvement and evaluate and create system enhancements to obtain desired outcomes.
  • Investigates patient, family, visitor, and physician complaints concerning services provided, initiates an action plan to resolve the concern and communicates activities with Vice President.
  • Promotes patient care studies and research and use of evidence-based-practice.
  • Develops, reviews and revises nursing and interdisciplinary policies and procedures to reflect current standards of practice and care. Considers professional organization standards and related statutes and regulations when developing and or revising P&P and standards.
  • Knowledgeable regarding professional practice standards (ANA, DNV, CMS, etc.) and shares knowledge with others. Maintains professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures establishment of departmental goals and objectives and ensures implementation of policies and procedures for departmental operations.
  • Engages in activities to maintain personal professional development. Attends appropriate clinical and management workshops to maintain knowledge of current practices and innovations in areas of responsibility (50 hours continuing ed per year).
  • May serve as a preceptor for students. Functions as a role model for students and staff and displays positive problem solving behavior consistent with LMC service expectation standards.
  • Mentors members of the healthcare team to promote leadership development and knowledge acquisition.
  • Maintains confidentiality by discouraging gossip and using discretion when discussing patient, work, or LMC related information with others.
  • Assesses human resource needs and develops and implements strategies to assure the availability of qualified personnel to meet patient care needs.
  • Assists with the establishment of job descriptions and associated evaluation tools to assess achievement of performance standards of personnel.
  • Recommends staffing plans for assigned areas to Vice President based on historical & current trends regarding patient care needs and volumes.
  • Recommends to Vice President annual personnel budgets for assigned areas utilizing data obtained from acuity systems, projected budgetary statistics, current trends in patient care, and established standards.
  • Participates in development and implementation of recruitment and retention initiatives. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Delegates responsibility to appropriate persons to interview, hire, orient, and validate competency of personnel.
  • Evaluates, selects, utilizes, and accounts for material resources with appropriate consideration for patient/staff needs, hospital policies and procedures and budgetary constraints. 
  • Develops and recommends operating and capital budget for assigned areas to Vice President. Adheres to approved operating and capital budget. Evaluates and monitors utilization of appropriate resources based on analysis of department statistics and variances in monthly operational budgets.
  • Keeps abreast of current trends and innovations in technology and material resources and provides leadership in the implementation of new technology and material resources.
  • Represents nursing on various committees within the organization and community.
  • Keeps the Vice President abreast of current activities, plans and developments in areas of responsibility.
  • Clarifies and interprets LMC Policy and Procedures for others.
  • Directs the preparation and maintenance of departmental reports.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve patient care, health care practices, operational systems and processes, and interaction and communication between health care partners. Acts as a resource and role model in initiating the PI process and participates in development of action plans to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Is a member of Clinical Practice Improvement Team (CPIT) and Nursing Leadership Committee.  As such, keeps Chief Nursing Officer informed of nursing issues and initiatives.
  • Role models, teaches and mentors others in the use of the PI process, techniques and tools. Participates in prioritization of PI projects.
  • Leads patient satisfaction initiatives in assigned areas.
  • Reviews and analyzes trends in quality monitoring to ensure that the PI process is applied to achieve desired outcomes. Revises plans as needed to improve outcomes and/or achieve goals.
  • Participates in the development of nursing strategic and PI plans.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

We are committed to offering quality, cost-effective benefits choices for our employees and their families:

  • Day ONE medical, dental and life insurance benefits 
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • 403(b)  Match – LMC matches dollar for dollar up to 6%  
  •  Free life insurance – equal to 1x salary
  • Adoption assistance
  • LMC provides its full-time employees short-term disability and long-term disability coverage after 90 days of eligible employment
  • 529 College Savings
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan forgiveness

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of LMC to provide equal opportunity of employment for all individuals, and to remain compliant with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. LMC strives to provide a discrimination-free environment, and to recruit, select, on-board, and employ all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including but not limited to, lactation. LMC endeavors to upgrade and promote employees from within the hospital where possible and consistent with the employee’s desires and abilities and the hospital’s needs.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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