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Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Keck Medicine combines academic excellence, world-class research and state-of-the-art facilities to provide highly specialized care for some of the most acute patients in the country.

Our internationally renowned physicians and scientists provide world-class patient care at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, USC Arcadia Hospital and more than 100 unique clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties.

Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, is among the top 50 hospitals in the country in eight specialties, as well as the top three hospitals in metro Los Angeles and top 10 hospitals in California, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals rankings.

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Nurse Manager - 8E Pulmonary Medicine Telemetry - Full Time 8 Hour Days (Exempt) (Non-Union)

Keck Medicine of USC Hospital Los Angeles, California

The Nurse Manager holds 24-hour accountability for the quality of patient care, efficiency of operations, and human resources management for area(s) assigned. S/he will strive to achieve the optimal patient experience in a cost-effective manner, while applying evidenced-based leadership and practice. The Nurse Manager is responsible for the provision of safe patient care, in a manner that is consistent with the professional standards and hospital policies. The Nurse Manger promotes a positive and professional environment; supervises charge nurses and front line staff; maintains a stable and productive staff; involves staff at all levels in Shared Governance and Magnet Forces; and makes data driven decisions. S/he will role model performance and behaviors that are consistent with the values of the organization, furthering its mission, vision and strategic plan.

Essential Duties:

  • People Daily rounding with Purpose on Charge Nurses and Patients. Promotes effective communication and working relationships within the nursing areas, and between nursing staff, physicians, and other departments. Leads Unit Council meetings and tracks progress and outcome of activities. Responsible for selecting and retaining qualified nursing staff to carry out the unit’s care system in accordance with hospital philosophy and the organizational objectives. Works with the Education Department and Human Resources to ensure that the necessary orientation, training, and continuing education is available to the staff. Leads recruitment and retention activities. Facilitates the training of nursing students and other students as necessary in coordination with the Education Department. Serves as a coach and mentor to students.
  • Quality Displays understanding of governing regulations, Title 22, and JCAHO requirements, defining and maintaining the standards of nursing practice while ensuring consistency with the hospital standards. Contributes to the development and implementation of a unit-based performance improvement program which complies with JCAHO, Title 22, and other applicable regulatory agencies. Participates in establishing systems within the departments which support and practice shared governance management philosophy. Contributes to the development of customer service standards and expectations. Assists in establishing methods for monitoring employee, patient and physician satisfaction with the services provided within the department Communication to each and every staff member their role in maintaining a high performing unit with regard to quality. Communication to each and every staff member the outcomes of quality monitoring; draws all staff in to analyze and change practice as necessary. Collects and delegates collection of selected data elements. Required elements are collected and provided to Nursing Quality each month, on time. Ensures completion of occurrence reports and investigates in a timely manner. Notifies Risk management immediately for significant or potentially significant events “Never 27s”.
  • Service Coordinates and integrates department services on intradepartmental, interdepartmental, and hospital wide levels. Plans for provision of services through provision of appropriate levels of qualified, competent staff. Policies and procedures are in place to support scope of services. Leads selected PSMS initiatives. Communication to each and every staff member PSMS scores and draws staff into necessary change in practice.
  • Cost Uses the budget as a tool to finding more effective methods of care delivery. Participates in planning and goal setting for the nursing department and for own unit of responsibility. Monitor space/resource requirements and utilization of outside resources. Approves day to day deviation from established staffing guidelines based on patient need. Ensures that Optilink is up to date on a daily basis. Flexes staff according to patient acuity, census, and budget guidelines. Approves monthly schedules and advance requests for time off; approves ShiftQuest requests. Consistently applies applicable HR policy & procedure for granting time off and/or adding additional shift requests. Completes daily (DSR) and bi-weekly payroll activities (Kronos), on time.
  • Growth Serves as coach and mentor to charge nurses and staff. Monitors progress of new hires and ensures they advance to competent, independent practice in a timely manner. Ensure 100% attendance by staff at mandatory education and training programs; .edu modules. Actively furthers systems and standards that support Shared Governance, Magnet, and Just Culture philosophy. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Req Bachelor's degree Nursing Degree in Nursing
  • Req 2 years Experience in a formal management position.
  • Req 4 years Experience as an RN.
  • Req Must be computer literate in Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Req Excellent analytical, problem-solving, planning and evaluation skills.
  • Req Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Req Committed to excellence in patient care and customer service.
  • Req Commitment to continuous quality improvement and results driven outcomes.
  • Req Committed to the development of professional practices.
  • Req Able to function independently and as a member of a team.
  • Req Organization/time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pref Master's degree Nursing Degree in Nursing or in progress, strongly preferred *Master’s Degree in Nursing may be in lieu-of Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
  • Pref Specialty Certification

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Req Registered Nurse - RN (CA Board of Registered Nursing) Valid California License.
  • Req Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association
  • Req Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)
  • Req Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association

The annual base salary range for this position is $133,120.00 - $219,648.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


REQ20149284 Posted Date: 07/02/2024

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