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Job Summary

The Clinical Nursing Director will plan and manage the clinical and administrative operations of the ECLS (Extracorporeal Life Support)/ ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Department. 
Assure implementation of patient care and quality assurance standards; and to plan, organize and evaluate clinical practice and educational activities. 
Participate in planning, development and implementation of unit policies, goals and objective and standard of nursing practice. 
Counsel and evaluate the performance and clinical practice of the nursing staff. This includes staff development programs and unit orientation to ensure compliance with practice standards. 
Identify and resolve unit operational problems. 
Represent the unit on assigned clinical area and Hospital committees. 
Maintain compliance with Federal and State regulations regarding affirmative action, safety and patient care.  Actively collaborate in the development of annual budgets; manage and provide variance reporting of activity, payroll, commodity, & capital budgets; participate in new program development & implementation; work closely with the Medical Director to create and support an environment where cutting-edge and innovative care is provided to a continually growing number of critically ill patients.

ECLS Program Overview:

The University of Michigan has a long tradition of being leaders and the ECMO program at Michigan Medicine is no exception. Our program was established in 1980 by one of the founding fathers of ECMO, Dr. Robert H. Bartlett. Our first patient was in 1981, with a total of eight patients that year. Currently we average 100+ patients per year. In November 2010, we have placed our 2,000th patient on ECMO. The ECMO program grew swiftly and a dedicated team was organized in 1987. Dr. Bartlett expanded the program to adults in 1988. We have completed over 195 transports to date. In 1994, our program expanded to include rapid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). Additionally, we remain an ELSO Designated Center of Excellence.

Currently, we are staffed by a blend of Registered Nurses and Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists. We are able to staff 24/7, 365 days a year. Our program has traveled throughout the United States and continues to be a resource for other ECMO Centers. 

The ECMO Program subscribes to the “patients and families first” philosophy established by Michigan Medicine. Communication, compassion, and education are tools of the trade as we help families and friends cope with the severe illness of a loved one. The uniqueness of extracorporeal support attracts the interest of all health care professionals. Internationally recognized as a leader in extracorporeal life support research, the program serves as an educational resource to other health care centers. As a provider of a truly unique and highly technical service, the ECMO Program recognizes its place in the healthcare community and understands the importance of public relations with our local, regional, and national referral base.

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.


Develop and implement unit goals and objectives which include the establishment of standards of practice in patient care consisted with national professional and regulatory guidelines. 
Integrate unit goals and objectives with Nursing Service goals and objectives. Advise and assist with the establishment of priorities and institutional program development. 
Work closely with medical staff and other disciplines for the successful implementation of patient, unit and institutional objectives. Assist in the resolution of interdisciplinary operating problems. 
Supervise operations of the unit. Establish minimum/maximum staffing patterns to insure quality patient care. Initiate and implement a staffing schedule which is consistent with care requirements and responds to varying patient activity and patient mix. 
Identify and recommend specific staffing needs and position qualifications consistent with the respective unit objectives and patient case mix. 
Interview and select qualified personnel. 
Evaluate performance of nursing staff responsible to patient care unit. Make recommendations for merit awards and personnel classification changes. Counsel and discipline nursing staff to enable achievement of unit and institutional objectives, particularly as related to high quality patient care. 
Interpret and implement University and hospital personnel policies and programs and ensure their uniform and correct application. 
Project and monitor personnel budget for patient care unit. Provide information regarding budget variances to Associate Chief Nursing Officer. 
Collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines to plan, evaluate, and implement the commodity budget for the patient care unit. 
Initiate and implement in-service guidelines for unit level orientation and staff development. Encourage and provide opportunities for continuing education of the nursing staff. 
Initiate, plan, analyze, and participate in Nursing staff development programs and workshops. 
Participate in concurrent and retrospective evaluation of patient care consistent with the hospital quality assurance program. Through this review process, evaluate and recommend changes and improvements in areas affecting the quality of patient care. 
Establish guidelines with the nursing faculty, which support the institutional goal of providing the primary clinical environment for nursing students. Facilitate, coordinate, and monitor the clinical experience of nursing and other students. 
Initiate and cooperate in the applied research in health care in keeping with the institutional objectives of maintaining prominence in developing new modes of clinical practice. 
Formulate professional goals and prepare written evaluation for clinician director.

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*

• Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Michigan 

• Master's degree in Nursing or Health Care Administration, Public Health, Business or related field (a Juris Doctor degree may be considered). If Master's degree is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing is required.

• Two (2) years recent leadership experience, to include demonstrated leadership, management, communication, counseling, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution and group process skills

• Minimum of five (5) years of nursing experience with demonstration of progressive clinical competence

NOTE: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.
RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): 
You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

• Two (2) years recent supervisory experience in an inpatient hospital setting, preferably in ECMO and in a tertiary care setting

• Current ECMO RN experience with demonstrated experience with and knowledge of current medical, interventional and pharmaceutical treatment modalities of ECMO practice

• Minimum of five (5) years of nursing experience with demonstration of progressive clinical competence in an inpatient hospital setting

• Interest-based problem solving and negotiations

• Familiarity with the continuous quality improvement process is desirable

• Demonstrated leadership and management skills including personnel management and the ability to perform as a role model for Nursing Staff

• Experience with change management process.

• Evidence of successful implementation of initiatives positively impacting patient care

Work Schedule

Hours: 40 Hrs/wk 
Shift: Shift and hours will vary based on unit needs 
Location: Michigan Medicine's ECLS (Extracorporeal Life Support)/ ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Department. 

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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