• Nurse Director position on Yawkey 10

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 6 months ago(6/5/2018 10:16 AM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.



    The DFCI Nursing Director is the leader of the clinical discipline of nursing with administrative, fiscal, and personnel accountability in the DFCI Hospital. The Nursing Director is responsible for creating and maintaining a  therapeutic,  healing,  patient-  and  family-  centered  care environment.  S/he  participates  in  the  development,  refinement,  communication  and  actualization  of  the  Department  of  Nursing  (DON)  vision,  professional  practice  model,  and  relationship-based  care  delivery  system.    As  the  clinical  leader  of  the  discipline,  the  Nursing  Director  is responsible  for  establishing  and  maintaining  the  standards  of  nursing  care  and  practice.  The  Nursing  Director  establishes  and  maintains  true  collaborative  relationships  with  nursing  staff,  all disciplines  and  departments  necessary  to  foster  optimal  patient  outcomes  and  a  professional  practice  environment.  S/he  partners  with  inter-professional  and  intra-professional  leadership  to set  mutual  goals  that  advance  teamwork,  interdisciplinary  learning,  just  culture  and  the  environment  of  care.    The Mission, Vision and Core values of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are incorporated into all areas of practices.



    1. Current nursing licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    2. Masters degree in nursing required.
    3. Clinical experience  will  be  evaluated  on  an  individual  basis  by  the  DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services.     
    4. Previous leadership experience  with  demonstrated  management  ability  is required
    5. Current certification  in  specialty  area  or  administration  is  highly   



    1. Scholarship
    2. Creates an  environment  that  supports  and  celebrates  the  professional  growth  of nursing 
    3. Actively supports  the  development  of  new  nursing   
    4. Assures the  use  of  and  adherence  to  evidence-informed  practice/standards  for nursing 
    5. Assures the  practice  environment  supports  reflective  practice,  g.  through  the use  of  narratives,  and  meets  the  needs  of  the  relevant  patient  population.
    6. Professional development – self 
      • Participates in  self-performance  appraisal  process  in  ongoing 
      • Seeks feedback  from  his/her  professional     
      • Shares strengths  and  areas  to  be  developed  with  DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services and  other  colleagues  as   
      • Maintains necessary  clinical  and  managerial  expertise  through evidence-based 
      • Participates in  service-  and  department-wide  developmental   
      • Demonstrates commitment  to  life-long  learning,  g.  through  active participation  in  professional  organizations.
    7. Conducts timely  assessments  of  staff  learning  needs  and  assure programs/projects  are  in  place  to  address  them,  including  collaboration  with service-based  clinical  specialists  and  the  Center for Clinical and Professional Development.
    8. Facilitates opportunities  for  staff  to  precept  and  teach   


    1. Authentic Leadership 
    2. Serves as  a  clinical  leader/coach  /mentor  to   
    3. Promotes staff  participation  in  annual  goal  setting  for  his/her  patient  care  area[s], the department and Institute. 
    4. Serves as  a  leader  within  the  community  of  nursing,  in  accordance  with  the standards  of  the  discipline  of  nursing,  including  adherence  to  the  ANA  Code  of Ethics. 
    5. Assures appropriate  personnel  to  meet  the  needs  of  the  designated  patient oncology population.
    6. Designs and  implements  staffing  patterns  responsive  to  a  dynamic  care environment. 
    7. Interviews, hires  and  oversees  the  orientation  of  new  employees  considering departmental,  divisional,  local  and  individual  employee  needs  as  basis  of   
    8. Provided ongoing  formal  and  informal  feedback  regarding  performance  to  staff members.
    9. Delegates authority  and/or  responsibility  to  others  as  appropriate  while maintaining  24x7   
    10. Demonstrates consistent  leadership  in  the  maintenance  of  a  fair  and  just 
    11. Assures staff  participation  in  local-based  decision  making,  DFCI Nursing  committees  and   


    III.  Meaningful  Recognition 

    1. Provides formal  and  informal  opportunities  for  staff  to  develop  personal  career  goals  and  plans  for  their   
    2. Provides ongoing  formal  and  informal  feedback  regarding  professional development  to  staff 
    3. Encourages and  recommends  staff  participation  in  unit-based  decision  making, DFCI Nursing  committees  and  organizational   


    1. Primary Nursing/Relationship Based  Care
    2. Creates an  environment  that  celebrates  the  professional  growth  of  nursing practice.
    3. Responsible for  creating  and  maintaining  a  caring,  therapeutic,  healing,  patient- and  family-centered  care   
    4. Assures the  presence  of  interventions  to  promote/assure  a  patient  and  family centered  healing   
    5. Assures appropriate  staffing  plan  to  meet  patient  care  needs  on  a  continuous 
    6. Promotes an  inclusive  environment  supportive  of  a  patient-  and  family-  centered 

                    care  for  a  diverse  community. 


    1. Outcome Focused  Measures 
    2. Serves as  a  leader  of  the  clinical  discipline,  committed  to  excellence  in  nursing care  and  positive  patient  outcomes
    3. Accountable for  contributions  to  planning,  implementing  and  evaluating  the DFCI Nursing  Quality  Plan,  inclusive  of  nurse  sensitive  indicators  and    patient  satisfaction 
    4. Actively participates in  DFCI’s quality  improvement programs,  assuring  clear  articulation  of  the  quality  agenda  by  all  staff  in  the DFCI Hospital. 
    5. Develops local-based  quality  agenda  using  performance  improvement methodologies  in  collaboration  with  department  and  hospital-based  quality  leaders  assuring  an  environment  of  continuous  quality  improvement,  improved patient  and  systems’   
    6. Actively translates  quality  improvement  findings  into  daily  operations  and strategic  planning  for  the  clinical     
    7. Communicates and  translates  outcomes  to  staff  and  interdisciplinary  colleagues, assuring  staff’s  active  participation  in  addressing  quality  improvement 
    8. Serves as  a  resource  on  clinical  matters  to  assure  an  environment  that  promotes the  desired  patient  outcomes
    9. Assures all  staff  members  are  in  compliance  with  regulatory    [For example,  required  licensure,  orientation,  ongoing  education  and  annual competencies  and  screenings  for  ongoing  employment].
    10. Provides leadership  in  developing  quality-driven  and  cost-effective  plans  to deliver  patient  care,  including  participation  in  strategic  planning  as  requested  by  the DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services. 
    11. Assures the  accurate  attainment  and  review  of  data  (complexity,  volume,  acuity, etc)  in  relation  to  staffing 
    12. Develops and  participates  in  creating  systems  to  monitor  the  patient  care environment, knowledgeable  about  and  mindful  of  relevant  regulatory compliance. 


    1. True Collaboration
    2. Contributes to  nursing  as  a  department/discipline.
      • Seeks and  provides  peer  consultation  and 
      • Contributes to  strategy,  practice  and  policy  decisions  assuring  all  decisions  made  include  perspectives  of  constituents  to  be represented. 
      • Assures self and  staff  participation  in  DFCI Hospital  and interdepartmental 
      • Represents service/DON as  requested  on  various  hospital  task forces/committees.
    3. Demonstrates leadership  in  interdisciplinary  collaboration,  including participation  in  the development,  implementation  and  evaluation  of  joint  protocols  for  patient 
    4. Collaborates in  department-wide  recruitment  and  retention  strategies  and initiatives.
    5. Collaborates with  HR  staff/leadership  re:  personnel  management  as 
    6. Seeks resources/serves  as  a  liaison  for  staff  from  within  the  larger  nursing  and  hospital communities.
    7. Manages patient  flow  ensuring  collaboration  with  other  patient  care  areas  and/or Patient  Access   
    8. Establishes and  maintain  open  communication  with  contracted service managers, including managers  of  Support Services  and  other resources,  as  needed  to  assure  clean  and  safe  patient  care   


    VII.  Fiscal  Responsiveness 

    1. Accountable to  seek  necessary  information,  including  active  engagement  of  staff, to  establish  trends  necessary  to  determine  appropriate  personnel  and  supply   
    2. Manages to  budget  and  articulates  any  short  or  long-term  variances 
    3. Collaborates with  DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services  to  be  fiscally  responsive,  e.  managing volume  and  acuity  to  hours  per  workload  index  (HPWI). 
    4. Develops schedules/  staffing  plans  that  meet  patient  care  needs  on  a  continuous basis.
    5. Collaborates with  nurse  leaders  and  other  departments  to  assure  adequate supplies,  operational,  capital  resources  are  available  to  staff  caring  for   






    • Must have  demonstrated  clinical  competence  in  nursing   
    • Must possess  analytical  abilities  necessary  to  organize,  to  supervise  and  to  evaluate  the work  of  others;  to  develop  and  to  administer  policies,  procedures,  budgets,  and  utilize  current  concepts  of  nursing   
    • Must possess  interpersonal  skills  sufficient  to  provide  effective  leadership  to  staff,  and  to interact  with  patients,  visitors,  physicians,  other  clinical  disciplines  and  a  variety  of  hospital   
    • Must possess  both  management  and  leadership  skills  to  be  effective  with  multiple  levels of   



    Responsible  for  the  supervision  of  RN’s,  unit coordinators and patient care assistants.     Reports  to  the  DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services. 


    PATIENT CONTACT: Yes, the age of the patients served range from Adult to Geriatric.



    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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