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Job Title: Director of Nursing Services
Hiring Organization: WA Department of Corrections
Salary Range: DOE
Closing Date: 10/31/2016
Job Location: Washington
Description: Director of Nursing Services (DNS)

The Department of Corrections (DOC) Health Services Division is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic leader for the critical role of Director of Nursing Services (DNS) - we seek a Registered Nurse with vision and strong administrative abilities to participate in the further development of a model system of health care. DOC Health Services (HS) aims to meet the highest standards of correctional health care but also to serve as a model of an integrated health care system in any setting. We are seeking an individual to share this vision and help in its realization in the role of Director of Nursing Services.

DOC operates 12 prison facilities located throughout the state of Washington. The DOC Health Services Division is responsible for meeting all health needs of offenders incarcerated in Washington State prison facilities. Comprehensive services include medical, dental, and mental health care.

Administered centrally from DOC headquarters in Tumwater, DOC Health Services has developed an increasingly integrated health care system with primary objectives of providing high-value, necessary health care to individual patients and ensuring optimum population health within the prison system.

This recruitment will remain open until an adequate pool of candidates is established. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible.


This position serves as the chief nurse for the agency and assumes authority, responsibility, and accountability for the delivery of nursing services thorough the agency. The DNS is responsible for representing Nursing Services to DOC leadership at headquarters and to provide leadership for all operational units, including:

Responsibility for establishing, monitoring and evaluating standards of clinical care and practice of nursing services and developing and leading the DOC HS nursing workforce to achieve these standards for the purpose of advancing the mission of DOC HS.

Participates in establishing and ensuring adherence to DOC clinical policy and procedures, consistent with DOC's mission, statute, case law, policy and standards, strategic plan and organizational objectives.

Participates within HS Leadership team, working collaboratively with other clinical directors, Health Services Administrators, Health Services Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nursing Supervisors at both Headquarter and facility levels.

Has primary responsibility for the quality improvement (QI) activities relating to nursing services and actively participates in DOC HS Coordinated Quality Improvement Program (CQIP). Oversees statewide implementation of QI activities, primarily as relates to nursing services and also as appropriate for other QI efforts.

Serves as the lead subject matter expert in nursing services in the DOC HS Division and oversees development of nursing related training, policies and procedure. Serves as a mentor for nursing leadership within DOC.

Responds to correspondence and offender complaints as required.

Participates in operational inspections and other facility audits. Assesses nursing operations and capacity at facilities, identifies performance issues and recommends corrective action options.

Helps to create and support a work environment that values high ethical standards, emphasizes safe, high quality health care, nurtures teamwork and encourages activities that lead to continuous improvement.
Special Instructions: The successful candidate will have:

A Master of Science in Nursing (or acceptable equivalent degree focused on health care administration) from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent AND five (5) years of progressive leadership in a health care organization.


A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited school of professional nursing AND five (5) years' experience as an RN AND five (5) years of progressive leadership experience in a health care organization.

Valid unrestricted WA nursing license in the State of Washington (or the ability to obtain prior to employment).

Certification by the American Heart Association in Healthcare Provider CPR.

5 years' experience working as a Registered Nurse, with some experience in a correctional setting preferred.

Exceptional communication skills with the ability to communicate orally and in writing with a variety of individuals ranging from correctional administrators and staff, health care professionals, patient advocates, and other lay persons.

* This position will be officed at the HQ administrative building in Tumwater but will be required to travel statewide for business meetings, trainings and will occasionally work within our adult prison facilities.


'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov. For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email wendy.vandel@doc.wa.gov or call us at (360) 407-5742.
Additional Online Information: www.doc.wa.gov
Contact Information: Wendy
637 Woodland Square Loop SE
Lacey, Washington United States
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