Nursing Director of Professional Practice

Michigan, United States
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
31 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

  • The opportunity to work at the #5 ranked Magnet designated hospital in the region.
  • The opportunity to work at an organization with a reputation for providing outstanding clinical care and customer service.
  • The opportunity to work for a state-of-the-art, financial secure, and growing organization that has the resources to provide excellent care.
  • The opportunity to work with progressive and highly respected leaders who are committed to quality patient care and empower their management team.
  • The opportunity to work with a dynamic group of nurses and managers who are eager to learn and excel.
  • The opportunity to work in an environment that values professional development and continuous learning.
  • An excellent compensation and benefits package and relocation allowance.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


Key Responsibilities:

  • The statements below, from the Position Description, describe the essential duties of this position, but they are not intended as an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities.
  • Magnet Program Oversees the advancement of the Magnet Recognition Program and other programs, in alignment with the CNE and organizational Strategic Plans.

Oversight of the programs and activities for the following departments:

  • Professional Development and Education
  • Quality, Innovation and Research
  • Advance RN Practice


  • Recommends changes in behavioral and organizational practices that are critical to the development of a professional practice milieu.
  • Assesses need and evaluates current and future professional nursing practice at Michigan Medicine.
  • Coordinates efforts to ensure compliance with Magnet Program standards and serves as Magnet Program Director.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls all activities required to continually gain and sustain Magnet redesignation.
  • Interacts effectively with all levels of the organization to advance the Magnet agenda.
  • Develops data measures to track progress and outcomes of Magnet strategies. Analyzes information and reports findings to peers and supervisors, along with recommendations for action.
  • Leads the strategic planning process and is accountable for developing, organizing, implementing, and evaluating plans for the transformation of clinical care.
  • Establish annual and long-term goals and strategic plans for service areas.
  • Remains abreast of innovative patient care delivery programs being tested and/or implemented throughout the country.
  • Presents and/or promotes educational offerings that enhance behaviors leading to scientific inquiry, use of evidence-based outcomes in practice, and the generation of nursing research questions where no evidence exists.
  • Establishes a formal relationship with an academic institution to enable grant-funded projects.
  • Establishes a comprehensive peer Review program, defining scope of practice for all clinical and advance practice nurses.

Clinical Excellence Ensures the integration of innovative strategies that build a culture of clinical excellence and reliable care.


  • Employs strategies to improve clinical outcomes performance and promote high reliability and accountability in clinical practice.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of evidenced-based nursing practice standards that elevate nursing performance.
  • Ensures performance indicators are outcomes focused, evidenced-based and drive improvements in nursing practice.
  • Leads the implementation of conceptual nursing models designed to advance professional nursing practice.

Fiscal Management Plans, develops, and maintains unit level budgets

Operations Ensures effective operation of department and service areas.


  • Oversees the operations of assigned areas.
  • Responsible for hiring and retaining high performing staff.
  • Prepares statistical and narrative reports concerning the activities and evaluations of programs and services offered.

Relationship Management Develops collegial relationships with peers, medical staff, direct reports, and customers.Tasks:

  • Displays a commitment to the value of teamwork by building strong relationships with patients, families, co-workers, and external partners.
  • Cooperates and collaborates in the performance of responsibilities to promote a unified and spirited workplace.
  • Employs effective engagement strategies and team building skills to promote good staff relations.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with medical staff and other departments to improve service and enhance quality.
  • Promotes share decision-making and fosters staff empowerment.
  • Acts as a liaison between various departments and programs through participating in intra/interdepartmental meetings or workgroups.
  • Establishes and uses appropriate communication channels to ensure timely communication of information in the proper forum to all in need of the content.
  • Generates and communicates written and verbal reports regarding key strategic projects and initiatives to stakeholders.

Patient Care Values Exhibits an understanding and demonstration of the Patient Care Values in interactions with patients, families, and co-workers.

Nursing Specific Info

Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position. If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and licensure or eligibility for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan.
  • Master’s degree in Nursing or Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Business, or related field (Juris Doctor degree may be considered)
  • If Master’s degree is not in Nursing, then a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is required.

A DNP or PhD is preferred.

  • If Master’s degree is not in Nursing, then a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is required.
  • A DNP or PhD is preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years of professional nursing practice, including at least five years of nursing management experience in a complex teaching or academic organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A visible leader with an approachable, personable and optimistic demeanor and the ability to engage, empower and motivate others.
  • Expert verbal and written communication skills, proficiency in presentation, and a record of professional presentations and publications.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of a Magnet-designated nursing organization and the ability to provide guidance and support to maintain designation.
  • Proficiency in nursing research, the ability to promote scholarly thinking and provide expert support and guidance for nursing research initiatives.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to develop and use metrics for program evaluation.
  • An energetic, organized leader with the ability to stay on task with multiple priorities.
  • Understanding of the interface between nursing practice and information technologies; the ability to promote the effective use of information systems and to gain relevant information about nursing practice and nursing process.
  • The ability to develop an effective team with a shared vision and success in achieving goals, objectives, and collaborative practice.

Work Locations

Hours:  Full-time

FSLA: Exempt

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.