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Nurse Manager, Neurosciences ICU, Seattle, WA

Harborview Medical Center

Nurse Management

Seattle, WA

September 19, 2018

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Req #: 158133
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 08/06/2018
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: To be determined, commensurate with experience
Shift: First Shift
Notes: For detailed information on Benefits for this position click here.

Join Harborview Medical Center for an outstanding leadership opportunity as Nurse Manager, Neurosciences ICU.

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Neuroscience ICU, a 30 bed unit, is a major referral unit for neurological surgery and neurology services. The NICU provides specialized intensive nursing care to patients with complex neurological deficits and injuries. We serve adult victims of severe head and spinal cord injury, diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves, and a growing elective neurosurgery population.

The Nurse Manager has 24-hour accountability and responsibility for managing the nursing unit to provide safe, efficient and quality patient centered care. The Nurse Manager directs and coordinates all activities of the patient care unit including:

  • plans, implements, and evaluates unit programs to meet specific patient care needs,
  • selects and supervises unit staff,
  • plans and manages the unit budget, and
  • provides leadership to promote professional practice.

The Nurse Manager represents the unit staff and provides leadership in the Division of Nursing and the Medical Center as a whole through participation in the decision-making process, support, and development of policies and programs.


I. Patient Care Management:

Promotes creative approaches to patient centered care based on the dynamic health care delivery environment and nursing practice standards. Assures that all staff function within the appropriate scope of practice and that nursing process is utilized in planning and delivering care.

Initiates mechanisms to resolve problems related to patient care and nursing services and arrives at timely, appropriate solutions.

Contributes to the development of patient care standards by promoting and participating in unit, departmental and medical center programs/committees (e.g. Risk Management, Health and Safety, Quality Assessment and Improvement).

II. Quality Assessment & Improvement:

Develops and maintains a monitoring and evaluation process designed to effectively use resources to improve the quality of care and services provided on the unit. Participates in development and implementation of quality assessment and improvement programs across units/specialties.

III. Safety:

Coordinates interdepartmental efforts to facilitate a safe environment for patient care.

IV. Personnel Management:

Manages personnel for unit including selection, hiring, orientation, scheduling, coaching, staff development, evaluating, counseling, and recommending appropriate disciplinary action when necessary.

Promotes clinical and managerial leadership and professional development of the health care team through such means as role modeling, delegation of duties, guidance, teaching, and effective communications. Maintains a unit climate which fosters job satisfaction and professional growth.

V. Team Building/Communications:

Develops and maintains relationships with unit staff, medical directors, departmental managers, interdisciplinary patient care teams, and hospital administrative staff to ensure coordination of activities, programs and policies.

VI. Financial Management:

Prepares operating and capital budgets for the unit compatible with Medical Center objectives.

Monitors overall unit performance to ensure compliance with appropriate standards, resources, and productivity targets and manages within the allocated budget.

Identifies and explores ways to develop a cost-effective environment and establishes accountability within the unit for cost-effective delivery of nursing care.

VII. Leadership:

Directs and coordinates all activities in a patient care unit which includes planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating all activities for optimal unit effectiveness.

Participates in departmental policy development and interpretation for members of the health care team.

Investigates and implements change based on sound principles of management practice to advance departmental and hospital objectives.

Evaluates and assumes responsibility for the outcomes of management decisions and institutes appropriate corrective actions as needed.

Contributes to the development of the Nursing Management Team on an individual basis and through group process.

VIII. Professional Development:

Demonstrates professional responsibility and leadership through participation in hospital, University and professional activities.

Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work related experiences and educational opportunities.


Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Washington.

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required.

Several years progressively responsible professional nursing experience required.

Requires at least one year in a supervisory position such as Assistant Nurse Manager or Nurse Manager (or higher level management role).

At least one year of ICU nursing experience required.

National nursing specialty certification (such as CCRN) desirable.

MSN degree desirable.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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