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Job Summary

The Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University of Michigan is a 52 bed Level IV neonatal center serving our region, state and beyond.   We remain one of the state's leading referral centers for premature newborns and infants with complex medical problems, complex surgical problems or unusual anomalies, need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide therapy, and whole body for hypothermic neuroprotection.
About 80% of the Newborn ICU admissions are inborn and 20% are transported from our referral region and state.  We offer 24/7 neonatal transport services with Newborn ICU RNs as members of the transport team.  
Our specialized nursing team members provide quality nursing care to newborns from the acute phase of illness through recovery.  A family-centered approach to care is practiced in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.  
We provide individualized support and education to families during hospitalization and in preparation for discharge.  We empower families to participate in decision making for and in the care of their child.

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.


  • To assist the department director in planning and management of the unit and the provision of patient care.
  • To provide leadership in the practice of nursing, emphasizing quality patient care, education, and research.
  • To assist in coordinating between management and patient care activities consistent with the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Center mission and goal statements.
  • Reports directly to the Clinical Nursing Director.
  • Collaborative/consultative relationship with other health professionals and administrative personnel.

Responsibilities include:
Personnel Management:

  • Plan, assign and supervise the work of nursing and support staff.
  • Participate in interviewing, selecting and orienting nursing and support staff.
  • Participate in the counseling, coaching, discipline, and evaluation of unit staff.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and revision of individual performance plans.
  • Facilitate open channels of communication with managers, peers, staff, and physicians.
    Coach and mentor Charge Nurses, Staff Nurses, and members of leadership team as delegated by the Clinical Nursing Director.

Clinical Practice:

  • Night shift work will be required to provide clinical assessment, mentoring, coaching, support, and evaluation of staff on all shifts.

Management of Clinical Area:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of unit or area goals and objectives.
  • Identify and plan for staffing consistent with the needs of the patient population and budgetary requirements.
  • Participate in planning and problem solving of daily unit/area operations, priorities of patient services, and urgent and emergent care.
  • Interpret and implement the Hospital and University policies and procedures and the standards of regulatory agencies.
  • Participate in the monitoring of Department payroll and commodity expenditures.
  • Provide input into the payroll and commodity budget planning process.
  • Coordinate performance evaluation activities for unit staff as delegated by the Clinical Nursing Director.
  • Participate in hiring activities of unit staff, conducting personnel interviews and reference checks.
  • Collaborate with Educational Nurse Coordinator to implement competency-based evaluation.
  • Participate in developing of unit/area policy/procedure and standards of Nursing Care. Anticipate and respond to patient/family issues and concerns.

Quality Assurance and Research:

  • Participate in planning, coordinating, and evaluating unit quality improvement activities.
  • Promote the integration of research findings into clinical practice by unit nursing staff.
  • Promote staff involvement in clinical research, as applicable.
  • Assure and maintain compliance with regulatory standards. 

Expectations of the Role: 


    Completion of a Nurse Leadership certification within one (1) year of accepting this position or when eligible to certify, whichever comes first. Examples include Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) or, Nurse Executive (NE-BC).  Certifications must be recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program® and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC.)  See full list here

Nursing Specific Info

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

Required Educational Requirements:

Applicant must meet one of the following:
* Bachelors of Science in Nursing OR
* Associates degree or diploma in Nursing and a Masters degree in Nursing.

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Michigan.
  • Minimum five (5) years RN experience. 
  • Minimum two (2) years recent (within the last 5 years) RN experience in NICU.  
  • Evidence of demonstrated or potential leadership ability including charge nurse, team leader or other management experience. 

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*

  • Previous supervisory experience.  
  • Knowledge of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers policies and practices.
  • Masters prepared.  
  • Consultative and teaching skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills. 
  • Evidence of ability to assess, interpret and analyze clinical information independently and collaboratively. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with administrators, physicians, peers and subordinates. 

Work Schedule

Hours/Week: 40 hours/week 
Days/Shift/Hours: Night shift/Mon-Fri, flexibility required 
Location: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital- 8 West, Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime 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.


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.