Director of Nursing Service

North Carolina, United Sates
26 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Director of Professional Practice and System Magnet Program– Duke University Health System

Duke University Health System seeks to hire a Director of Nursing Services who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together.

Department Profile:

The Director will provide visionary leadership to individuals and interdisciplinary teams, which ultimately serve to advantage the care for patients and families.  Collaboration with senior leadership, management, and physician colleagues to achieve programmatic goals is a key expectation.  The role requires the synthesis of expert knowledge in the areas of Magnet qualifications, scientific research, and clinical practice standards across practice settings. The Director will be responsible for overseeing activities within the DUHS Nursing Services Division related to professional nursing practice and leadership of the DUHS Magnet Program. The Director will take a leadership role in overseeing the Clinical Ladder; supporting the application of evidence based practice; and defining innovative strategies to build a culture of clinical excellence and reliable care. In addition, the Director will provide oversight to the DUHS Nurse Residency Program.  

Work Performed

Provide oversight and direction in establishing and maintaining a system for developing, reviewing, approving, disseminating, and assuring the quality of evidence –based nursing standards that elevate nursing performance. The incumbent will serve as Magnet Program Director and coordinate efforts to maintain Magnet Hospital designation and achieve compliance with all Magnet Program requirements.  Assist in reviewing and making recommendations on policy issues regarding clinical practice with appropriate disciplines within the organization.  Assure effective communication and coordination of initiatives among various councils, the nursing infrastructure and other health system medical staff committee councils, and work groups. Employs strategies to improve clinical outcomes performance and promote high reliability and accountability in clinical practice.  Ensures performance indicators are outcomes focused, evidence-based and drive improvements in nursing practice.  Provide oversight and direction in developing specialty practice councils within the organization.


Master's degree required. Bachelor's degree in Nursing required.  Doctorate preferred. 


Seven years of progressive nursing leadership experience is required including at least 4 years of experience in a management role. 

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Must have current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina.  Nurses hired into leadership positions must obtain a leadership certification within three months of hire. New nurse leaders who are ineligible to sit for an exam because they have not been working in a leadership role for the minimum amount of time required must complete their certification within three months of becoming eligible.
Work Hours & Shifts:

Full Time, Day Shift (24 hour accountability)
Duke Nursing Highlights:

  • All three Duke Hospitals have received Magnet designation for excellence in nursing.
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance! Tuition Reimbursement!

Requisition Number: 401511860 
Location: Durham 
Job Family Level: J1
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt 
Full Time / Part Time: FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary: Regular
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

EEO Disclosure:

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
Registered Nurse, leadership, management
Duke Health Highlights: 

Duke University Hospital Profile

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2016, Duke University Hospital admitted 41,408 patients and had 1,119,151 outpatient visits. U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2016-17. Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

In addition to our three hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers. 

  • Duke Primary Care is the largest primary care network in the greater Triangle area with family medicine and internal medicine providers, and pediatricians in nearly 30 locations throughout the region. 
  • Duke Connected Care, a community-based, physician-led network, includes a group of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers who work together to deliver high-quality care to Medicare Fee-for-Service patients in Durham and its surrounding areas. 
  • The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is the faculty physician practice for Duke Health. The PDC owns and operates more than 70 primary and specialty care clinics in 10 counties in central and eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia. 
  • Duke Home care & Hospice offers hospice, home health and infusion services. Hospice care is offered to terminally ill patients in their home, skilled-nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities, and at our two inpatient facilities located in Hillsborough and Durham, North Carolina.

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