Director of Nursing
North Star Hospital - Anchorage, AK

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The Acute Care hospital is seeking a Director of Nursing to lead an outstanding nursing department. The DON is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of all aspects of the acute hospital nursing care delivery system. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
• Develops, implements, and evaluates education programs designed to meet the competency needs of nursing staff.
• Constantly monitors and documents employee compliance with designated aspects of infection control and work safety, in collaboration with the Infection Control Nurse and the QI/Risk Management Director.
• Promotes quality patient care and safety consistent with the philosophy, mission and objectives of North Star Behavioral Health.
• Develop and implement any and all facets of nursing care including policies and procedures, conceptual framework, etc.
• Directs and participates in the development, implementation, and communication of goals, policies, guidelines and standards for the nursing department in compliance with all regulatory bodies applicable laws pertaining to psychiatric treatments
• Plans and delivers nursing education to both nursing personnel and hospital staff as a whole; directs nursing performance improvement activities and nursing competencies.
• Anticipates staffing trends and proactively offers staffing solutions; oversees the staffing of units ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies.
• Manages and mentors nurse managers and all nursing staff in patient care responsibilities and assignments
• Demonstrates clinical expertise and sets a strong therapeutic tone for patient interventions; works to reduce the occurrence of physical restraint and seclusions.

The job requirements for this position are:

• Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska
• Must have completed a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree
• Five (5) years clinical experience within a psychiatric mental health facility highly preferred
• Three (3) years clinical supervisory experience in an inpatient psychiatric setting with administrative/management experience highly preferred
• Minimum of one (1) year experience or special training in the treatment of children and adolescents
• Must possess knowledge of general and Psychiatric nursing principles, working concepts and theory, leadership skills, age specific growth and development, limit setting, as well as crisis and behavioral management
• Must be a self motivated, results-oriented individual who is patient/customer focused

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