Prairie Lakes Healthcare System

Director of Emergency Department

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Job Code: Director of Emergency Department
Department: Emergency Services

Job Description:

Director of Emergency Department

DEPARTMENT:   Emergency Department                                                

REPORTS TO:      Chief Nursing Officer                                             

POSITION SUMMARY-The Emergency Department (ED) Director plans, directs, supervises and evaluates emergency department services on a 24-hour basis consistent with evidence-based, acceptable, and appropriate standards of care. The ED Director works collaboratively with ED staff, other departments, and physicians to ensure safe, quality care. The Director shall abide by the PLHS standards of behavior as a member of the leadership team and will lead the ED team in efforts to positively impact the patient experience and other performance improvement activities.  

RESPONSIBILITIES - Directs the delivery of nursing care in the department while facilitating integration of services into the primary functions of the organization.

Supports the coordination and integration of interdepartmental and intradepartmental care and services provided to patients.

Leads departmental activities to achieve positive customer service and the overall patient experience in the emergency department.

Works collaboratively with and supports the Emergency Department (ED) physicians in all aspects of physician staffing, scheduling, and evaluation and resolution of patient care issues; bridges the relationship between the hospital’s senior leadership team and the ED physician team.

Supervises and works collaboratively with the Trauma Nurse Leader to ensure compliance with all elements of the SD Trauma System.

Supervises all department staff by interviewing, selecting, training, assigning job responsibilities, and evaluating competency and performance to ensure that the department meets its annual goals and objectives.

Participates in the regular  review of the plans for the provision of nursing care,  Emergency Nursing Standards of Care, and review of the nursing division policies and procedures related to ED activities. 

Coordinates ED quality assessment and performance improvement activities through on-going monitoring and evaluation, ensuring staff participation in the process, and utilization of identified outcomes measures to identify opportunities for improvement in services rendered.

Assures departmental compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements and ensures a state of survey preparedness in the ED.

Ensures that all department staff has received orientation and seeks out and/or coordinates continuing education opportunities relative to their specific job responsibilities, growth, and development.

Develops, monitors and reviews the department’s operating, productivity, and capital budget assuring cost effectiveness of expenditures.

Assures competent, adequate daily staffing in order to provide quality, safe patient care.

Administers all records, reports, statistics, files and other documents as required.

Other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience - Graduate from an approve school of nursing with a BSN degree; would consider qualified applicant willing to pursue/achieve BSN degree. Holds or is eligible for RN licensure in State of South Dakota. Three (3) years progressively responsible supervisory experience.  ACLS, TNCC, and PALS and/or ENPC certification required.

Minimum Qualifications:

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