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Director of Perioperative Services

Company: Ardent Health Services
Location: Harker Heights
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


The Director, Perioperative Services works under the direction of the Chief Nursing Officer. The Director is responsible for the following areas: Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Ambulatory Surgery, Endoscopy, Pre-operative assessment, and Anesthesia. The Director is responsible for the overall direction of the Perioperative Services areas including planning, organizing, the quality of work, staff productivity, financial management, and maintaining good working relationships with physicians and Associates.


  • Supports the professional practice model. Ensures compliance with standards of practice. Supports and advances shared governance structure. Collaborates effectively with organizational stakeholders.
  • Supports organization objectives aimed at maintaining a culture of safety with aggressive error reduction at the department level.
  • Identifies technologies to enhance outcomes. Drives departmental technology implementation and use.
  • In all aspects of role/responsibilities, supports horizontal integration of the practice of nursing in alignment with shared governance model, nursing winning strategies, goals and objectives.
  • Collaborates with all network stakeholders (horizontal and vertical) to develop nursing and operating strategic plans aligning with all overarching strategic plans. Develops collaborative relationships with medical staff.
  • Provides transformational leadership as evidenced by: inspiring shared vision, enculturation of the concepts of Magnet, and safe and healthy work environments, physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe for nurses and others to practice.
  • Provides leadership in applying the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses to guide practice.
  • In collaboration with senior leadership, develops/manages recruitment and retention strategies for their departments. Supports organizational strategies aimed at same.
  • Owns and prepares capital and operating budgets, monitors/adjusts approved budget to meet targets. Mentors managers in budget compliance, driving fiscal accountability in subordinates.
  • Manages resources to support quality patient care, service and patient safety. Supports measurement of nursing intensity/patient acuity to allocate resources appropriately.
  • Manages nursing personnel functions including hiring, coaching, counseling, evaluating, mentoring, and goal-setting. Supports privileging, credentialing, licensure or certification processes. Promote succession planning within department(s).
  • Drives accountability for compliance with external standards and regulatory bodies, including but not limited to Texas Board of Nursing, Magnet and Joint Commission.
  • Accountable for clinical, financial and human resource measures that drive quality, efficiency, safety, satisfaction, and process improvement for assigned departments.
  • Ensures the use of evidenced based practice & research to guide clinical and managerial decision-making. Supports organizational research and EBP initiatives at the unit, site and specialty levels.
  • Ensures the development of enterprise-aligned, department specific programs to measure, analyze, and improve nursing care quality.
  • Supports the personal and professional development of staff at the unit/department level to include formal education, certification and career development; aligns support with nursing and enterprise.
  • Supports programs that drive a culture of safety with aggressive reduction of Associate injury.
  • Provides service on committees, councils, and administrative teams at the system and site levels, as well as professional organizations.
  • Supports department-level faculty/student activities.
  • Evaluates own nursing practice in relation to professional and regulatory standards. Participates in peer review. Substantiates performance evaluation decisions.


A. Education/Skills/Experience:

  • BSN required
  • MSN preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years previous experience in the operating room as circulating nurse and scrub required.
  • Five (5) years of leadership/management experience in acute care environment

B. Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) with Texas Board of Nursing - OR - current home state license is required for multi-state license recognition through the Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • CNOR strongly preferred
  • BLS required
  • ACLS within 6 months of hire
  • PALS within 6 months of hire

Keywords: Ardent Health Services, Killeen , Director of Perioperative Services, Other , Harker Heights, Texas

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