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Providence Registered Nursing Practice/Quality Director in Portland, Oregon


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The Director for Nursing Practice, Quality, and Research is based in Portland, OR. This leader supports the division of regional nursing in standardizing best practices across the continuum of care and brings a constant focus in achieving quality patient outcomes and safety using innovative and creative methodology. Responsibilities include providing clinical expertise in the planning, implementing and evaluation of interventions and strategies appropriate to the complexities of the problems and resources of the system. The manager also participates in programs of research designed to generate new knowledge and mentors others in the research process. Is effective in translating research into practice and uses contemporary models and theories to instill rigor into clinical practice. Participates in and supports others in manuscript development, presentations and participates in system wide research initiatives. Leads program development for Pathways and Magnet Designation in unification with project directors at the ministry level for designation and recertification. Serves as a catalyst for professional practice development and performs duties in a manner which promotes team concept, caring, and respect, which reflects the Sisters of Providence mission and philosophy.


  1. Working effectively at a regional level in a highly matrixed organization as a support to regional directors and managers, ministry level CNO & clinical operations and system structures.

  2. Balancing different skills and competencies required to deal with organizational competency, while achieving excellent, personable communications as required of the project manager.

  3. Providing information, assistance and direction to multiple levels of leadership regarding quality and safety performance.

  4. Managing multiple projects at one time.

  5. Serving as a positive change agent that translates and standardizes evidence-based practice information into compelling case for implementation to improve care at the bedside.


  • Assists in developing, coordinating, evaluating and interpreting nursing activities, policies, goals, and objectives to other departments and to nursing staff as needed. Maintains current knowledge of nursing practice standards (ANA, Hospital, TCJ, CMS, etc.), nursing department policies and procedures.

  • Incorporates standards of professional practice for nursing administration, ANA Social Policy Statement, and other foundational documents of the Magnet and Pathways Designation into policies, meetings, strategies, and daily work.

  • Develops, supports, and implements Magnet and Pathways standards in conjunction with ministry, regional, and system nursing leadership and staff.

  • Orients/instructs new managers, senior nursing leaders, and staff in performance improvement techniques.

  • Identifies key partners and team members for each approved project using predetermined selection criteria. Leads, trains, coaches and guides team members through completion of each project. Completes and distributes project status reports and other reports as requested.

  • Defines and implements process improvements on key initiatives that result in significant improvements in service delivery, increasing organizational effectiveness both clinically and financially, increasing the safety of our environment to those providing and receiving care.

  • Ensures that key metrics are defined, developed, tracked and re-evaluated; and that improvements result in a positive impact for each project. Identifies, gathers, and analyzes all pertinent data, research and/or information necessary to accomplish project goals.

  • Maintains knowledge regarding current development and/or best practices in quality improvement and service delivery.

  • Prepares a nursing research proposal, incorporating the nuances of IRB process. Conducting research, applies research methods, and shares of research findings.

  • Collects data and develops spreadsheets, graphs, reports to facilitate communication regarding department or individual performance.

  • Provides support to leadership for nursing and other departments. May participate in leadership team discussions, decision-making, evidence-based performance improvement activities, committees, and provides project leadership.


Required experience/education for this position include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

  • Clinical Master's Degree: MSN, APRN or CNS

  • Current, unencumbered license as RN in the State of Oregon

  • 3 years of nursing experience at the supervisory/nurse manager level

  • Experience with performance improvement and project management

  • Experience with Magnet and Pathways Designation

  • Experience in data analytics and informatics

  • Advanced knowledge of nursing principles, education programs, and application of theory based practice

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in the principles of administration, facilitation skills, adult learning and advanced practice

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in implementing LEAN principles, rapid-cycle change, and other performance improvement tools conducive to the health care environment

  • Demonstrated skills in working collaboratively with others (including multi/interdisciplinary teams) to identify issues and solve problems

  • Knowledge and understanding of responsibilities of a large hospital department of nursing

  • Ability to independently prioritize work assignments and meet deadlines with complete, accurate information and complete analysis of issues

  • Ability to present recommendations and/or decisions and persuade others, as necessary, with tact and diplomacy

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers/staff, apply presentation skills at all levels of the organization, and develop presentations and programs to fit the needs of the intended audience

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with executives, leaders, and staff of all levels

  • Demonstrated ability and/or comfort with math and statistics to calculate figures, ratios, percentages and other algebraic equations used to in scientific methods

  • Demonstrated ability to provide responsive leadership, to coach/mentor, delegate and coordinate work, motivate management and staff

  • Ability to work well as part of a team under both time and deadline constraints.

Preferred experience/education for this position include:

  • DNP, PhD, DNSc, or ND.

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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Leadership

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 360515