The Director of Nursing, Cermak (DON) is responsible for providing clinical direction and leadership for effective management of nursing practice in the hospital, clinics, affiliates and departments of the Cook County Health (CCH).
The DON executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines, influence organizational mission and health care, and responsibility for outcomes. The DON is responsible for administrative functions of assigned nursing units/programs/departments. He/she functions as an administrator, educator, coach and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with other services. He/she must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of the facility’s personnel and relate effectively with patients, families, staff and the community as well as program and service leaders of the service, department and other affiliates of CCH as needed.
Key relationships with staff are needed to:
(1) Assist divisional directors, nurse managers and advanced nurse practitioners to carry out the functions and activities expected of them;
(2) Contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of patient care services at CCH;
(3) Assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of administrative and clinical programs; and
(4) Collaborate with other health care staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care.
The Director of Nursing reports to the CCH Executive Director of Nursing and an operating relationship/report to the Chief Operating Officer, Cermak Correctional Health Services.
Please include the job title, Director of Nursing, Cermak Health Services (8049), in the subject line of your email. For each position that interests you, please submit a separate email. To receive Veteran Preference, appropriate discharge papers must be included with your emailed resume/CV.
A current and valid Illinois Nursing License no later than two (2) weeks prior to commencement of employment with CCH
Graduate of an approved school of nursing
Master’s Degree in Nursing, Public Health, or related field such as Healthcare and/or Business Administration
Three (3) years executive level administrative experience
Five (5) years of progressive administrative/management experience in the specific area of practice (example ED/trauma management experience is required for the DON in ED/Trauma service) or equivalent nursing management experience in a related discipline required (Example 5 years’ experience in critical care administration)
Expert knowledge of nursing practice standards, state law, regulatory and accrediting organization standards (Example The Joint Commission standards for hospitals)
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County. CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.