Director Nursing, Emergency Services

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center - Atlanta, GA (30+ days ago)3.9

At WellStar we all share common goals. That’s what makes us so successful – and such an integral part of our communities. We want the same things, for our organization, for our patients, and for our colleagues. As the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Georgia, this means we pride ourselves on investing in the communities that we serve. We continue to provide innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare.


The Director of Nursing for Emergency Services is a registered professional nurse who provides leadership and management
through the application of advanced competencies in communication; job
knowledge, professionalism and business skills. The hospital is in downtown Atlanta and is a Level 1 Trauma Center.

This leader is a member of the chief nursing officer’s
administrative team and may serve as her/his designee for assigned responsibilities. He/she reports to
the nursing operations leader and demonstrates own leadership to effectively partner with nursing
leadership, hospital vice presidents, medical staff and other departments to create a center of
excellence for their specialty service and to meet or exceed the hospital’s mission, vision and goals.

This leader administers to two or more cost centers with 100+ FTEs in a hospital or
specialty hospital in a smaller rural community area or system accountability for a domain of nursing
practice. The Director of Nursing handles a budget less than 80 million dollars.

The Director of Nursing provides direct leadership for a group of nurse managers and others who
comprise their specialty service line. He/she is a standard bearer and holds leaders and staff
accountable for the delivery of safe, quality care and services through effective communication,
employment of transformation leadership, managing by walking around, and instilling an
accountability-based practice setting. The director of nursing serves as sponsor for performance
improvement; inspires others to seek opportunities to grow and improve their performance and
successfully applies lean and evidenced based practice to ensure all targets pillar outcomes are
achieved. This leader employs all safety first interventions and as the chief safety officer creates a
culture of safety for his/her service line through the development/use of these skills by other leaders,
physicians and staff. He/she effectively uses data and technology to make decisions and proactively
mitigates unnecessary risks for his/her area of responsibility, providing instruction and mentoring for
assigned leaders to be able to do the same. This leader ensures that nurse managers and staff create
a desirable, safe work environment that enables the organization to meet or exceed all licensure,
regulatory and accreditation standards. He/She models the way by fostering exemplary skills in
attaining effective teamwork and collaboration with physicians, staff, patients and other departments.

It is expected that all nurse leaders are licensed, knowledgeable and uphold the practice of nursing as
outlined by the Georgia Professional Nurse Practice Act and implements the Scope of Practice and
Code of Ethics Standards put forth by the American Nurses Association. As a member of the patient
services team, it is expected the individual upholds the voice of the patient, system policies and
procedures while supporting service excellence goals.



Required Minimum Education: Must hold either a Master’s Degree in Nursing or Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from accredited nursing schools with a Master’s Degree in related field. Must be enrolled in a graduate program with completion expected within 12 months of hire date.

Required Minimum Licensure/Certification: Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia or hold a privilege to practice in the State of Georgia under the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). National certification in nursing administration or clinical specialty preferred. Must have a current BLS card from the American Heart Association on the first day of employment in position.

Minimum Experience Required: Minimum of five (5) total years of experience as a Registered Nurse; includes three (3) years of progressive operational leadership to include direct management of others and financial management.

Experience in an Emergency Department, preferably Level I or II trauma center, strongly preferred. Experience managing department-level budget and metrics strongly preferred.

Minimum Required Skills: Should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and relationship building; a knowledge of the health care environment; leadership that includes such skills as successfully implementing and managing a change process – ability to use systems thinking- and inspire, coach others to be successful; model the way for professional practice; professionalism and teamwork/collaboration for self/department/medical staff; and possess necessary business skills to manage human and material resources. Must be a continuous learner who understands health care financing; strategy and operations for running a business unit(s); and effectively employ data and technology to support work processes and make decisions. Supports shared governance or shared decision making; manage the design and delivery of care that in based on evidence and focused on quality and safety. Knowledge of risk management and various accreditation/regulations/licensing requirements assuring that these are upheld while advancing industry standards through the achievement of goals by effective management and measurement of outcomes.


Join us for outstanding benefits and development opportunities. We also offer state-of-the-art technology, professional support and advancement, and colleagues that rank amongst the best in the country.

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