Associate Vice President, Nursing

Job Number 49458
Posted 8/30/2017
Account Eastern Maine Medical Center
Department Pat. Care Admin-Clinical
Location EMMC Campus - EMMC, ME 04401
Schedule Regular Full-time
Shift Day
Hours Variable
Job Details To Apply for this position:Submit your Applicationvia reference job #11775

The AVP forPerioperative Servicesis responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the strategic plan for the service line, which is consistent with the organizations strategic and business plans. The AVP provides leadership and positive promotion of the services continuum from acute care through outpatient programming with linkage to community resources. The AVP is responsible for the development, communication and successful execution of established objectives (financial and clinical) within the service line. The AVP is responsible for maintaining a culture of positive communication and cooperation between physicians, nursing, and staff to ensure established objectives are achieved.


A. Education

Undergraduate nursing degree required. Masters degree in nursing, health administration or business required.

B. Qualifications/Experience

Five to seven years of professional experience required. Three to five years of previous management experience required. License or certification as required by discipline.

Experience within a Magnet Institution preferred.

C. Special Skills/Knowledge

Candidate must be knowledgeable about Perioperative Services and management principles and practices, including performance management and performance improvement. Knowledge of JCAHO and state regulatory standards is required. Candidate must demonstrate strong leadership and employee engagement skills.

D. Mental and Cognitive Traits Required

Must be able to analyze written, spoken, visual and other sensory stimuli. Must have ability to analyze written and spoken English. Must be able to cope effectively with stressful situations and time constraints. Must be able to interpret scientific data in a logical and coherent manner. Must be able to logically solve problems. Must be able to follow detailed written and verbal instructions. Must direct and manage others. Must be able to work well with others.

E. Behavior Demands

Must role model and promote communication and team relationship skills. Must be able to effectively direct and manage others, both within the direct chain of command and parallel to the direct chain of command.

F. Physical Demands

Sit, walk, stand: may spend up to twenty-five percent of working time standing/walking. Lift, carry, push, pull: generally not more than ten pounds of force is needed to lift, carry push, or pull objects. Bend, stoop, kneel: occasional bending and kneeling may be required in troubleshooting equipment/assisting clients. Manual dexterity/wrist and hand repetitions: good manual and finger dexterity is needed; up to fifty percent of working time may be spent using a computer keyboard. Vision, hearing, speaking: must have good visual acuity and depth perception to operate the computer system; speaking and hearing are essential to the communication needs of the position.

G. Environmental Conditions

May be subjected to noise and disagreeable odors. Moving mechanical parts are found in the work environment. Universal precautions must be followed when working in any clinical area; workers are exposed to biologic and chemical hazards and must use appropriate personal protective equipment as trained. Work is performed in a well-lighted, temperature-controlled, and humidity-controlled environment.

May be requested on occasion to travel to conferences and meetings as a representative. Must be able to make arrangements to attend these as required.

H. OSHA Risk Factor

Category I - Normal job related task involve an inherent potential for membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues. Use of protective measures should be used under normal conditions.

Category II - Normal work routine does not involve exposure, but exposure may be required as a condition of employment. Protective measures should be readily available.

Category III - No exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues is expected in the work routine.

I. Age Specific Requirements

Normal work will involve providing leadership for staff caring for infants, children, adolescents, adult women and families.


• Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

• Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital's commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.

Program Planning/Development

w Collaborates with administrators, physicians, managers and other providers to facilitate planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategic plan and initiatives.

w Collaborates with leadership to create an operational plan consistent with the program's strategic plan.

w Unit/department based goals and objectives are in concert with the overall direction of the program and the overall hospital plan.

w Guides priorities and focus of work for activities of the program and organization.

w Links inpatient and outpatient plans to promote coordination of care across the continuum and to promote operational efficiency.

w Facilitates/collaborates in the development of program and business plans to address newly identified patient care needs.

w Develops annual and multiyear capital budget.

w Develops annual operational budget to support strategic plan.

Operational Responsibilities

§ Oversees the daily operations of the service line.

§ Makes recommendations to improve the productivity, quality and effective delivery of patient care services.

§ Develops and implements policies and procedures

§ Establishes productivity benchmarks for all areas of operations.

§ Responsible for the procurement and maintenance of equipment, and supplies, staffing and training of employees, and budgeting

Resource Management

w Executes successfully the established plans and the services through measurement, monitoring, analysis, reporting, and adjusting the direction, allocation and utilization of available resources.

w Collaborates with Physician Dyad Leadership to support program/practice changes to continually improve resource utilization.

w Provides report of budget analysis to VP of Nursing at least quarterly.

Continuum of Care

Patient Care Standards

w Models patient outcome focused care and customer centered philosophy in practice.

w Interprets and addresses issues of patient care internally and externally (Administration, Medical Staff Committees).

w Recognizes and addresses bioethical and legal issues that influence the delivery of patient care.

w Assures compliance with all appropriate regulatory bodies for delivery of patient care.

Quality Improvement

w Facilitates quality improvement activities and processes.

w Reflects organizational and departmental goals in the performance improvement plan. The plan includes shared process improvement and outcome measures.

w Integration of quality improvement activities is intentional and continuous. The various disciplines and medical staff share content areas and indicators.

w Innovation and creativity regarding the delivery of patient care is encouraged.

w Develops key indicators and collects monthly data to monitor, trend and analyze clinical performance.

w Provides leadership for the design and implementation of patient education strategies.

Care Coordination/Care Management

w Provides leadership/consultation in the implementation, evaluation and modification of care coordination/case management.

w Facilitates multidisciplinary performance improvement committees to develop evidence based practice and monitor variances.

w Provides communication and education opportunities that support and promote care coordination and care management strategies.

w Builds partnerships that support and promote care coordination and care management strategies (i.e., physicians, home care agencies, long-term care centers, insurers, etc.).

Professional Practice

w Provides leadership for strengthening the professional role of the disciplines.

w Ensures that clinical practice models are promoted.

w Promotes outcome focused and customer centered care.

w Articulates expectations of clinical performance.

w Provides guidance to managers regarding practice issues and resource utilization.

w Refers staff to discipline specific leadership for professional practice issues.

w Participates and encourages others to participate in professional research presentations and review of published findings.

w Provides leadership for evidence based practice changes.

w Serves as a resource to other departments on practice issues and trends.


w Maintain a collaborative environment that encourages growth through ownership of the service line culture.

w Models behavior that invites colleague interaction and demonstrates mutuality.

w Communicates in a manner which is open, clear, respectful, and consistent.

w Provides strong leadership within and between service lines to promote the goals of the hospital, including employee engagement and retention

w Invites feedback and acknowledges contribution of others. Provides constructive feedback to employees and peers to further hospital goals.

w Establishes a leadership development strategy that identifies and promotes high performers within the workforce.

w Models collaborative behaviors which facilitate achievement of department and program goals.

w Strategically establishes linkages with other key departments which facilitate the goals of patient care delivery.

w Handles conflicting situations in a dignified and respectful manner. Responsible and fair conflict management with unionized and non-unionized employees.

w Conducts purposeful counseling/coaching sessions with direct reports for purposes of professional development (i.e., percent of performance appraisals done in a timely fashion, one-to-one standing meetings).

w Advocates for and assures colleagues attendance to and participation in professional development activities.

w Participates actively in leadership forums such as nursing leadership, team building exercises, organization wide efforts such as department/section manager activities, etc.

w Supports organizational efforts of establishing and maintaining relationships with communities, benefactors and other employees.

w Supports organizational values by recognizing employees in written and verbal modes.

w Promotes diversity.


A. Sense of Ownership

Demonstrates personal commitment to quality job performance, a sense of responsibility for high achievement, professional appearance, awareness of current events throughout the hospital, and positive promotion.

B. Positive Attitude

Maintains a sense of understanding and compassion at all times while conveying energy and pride in all forms of communication: verbal, written, and non-verbal.

C. Responsiveness

Accommodates the needs of others through the use of timely actions, clarification, apologies, considerations, and the offering of additional information.

D. Communication

Openly interacts with patients and visitors through greetings and introductions, courteous gestures, engaging listening and feedback in dialog, providing helpful information, and avoiding technical language.

E. Commitment to Co-Workers

Cooperatively seeks to support and contribute to the work of others by offering assistance, acknowledging accomplishments, applying fair and respectful treatment, and addressing conflict in an appropriate manner.

F. Privacy/Confidentiality

Upholds the information and dignity of the patient in the highest regard through private and appropriate conversations and security procedures such as filing charts, logging out of computer screens, closing doors/curtains, and covering patients.

G. Safety Awareness

Keeps work area and surrounding environment clean and safe, reports practices and situations that may cause harm. Follows patient safety policies including but not limited to hand washing and patient identification.

Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.