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Director Nursing Retention

NURSING ADMINISTRATION Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus Miami, Florida Requisition ID 25094


Job Summary

Oversees and directs retention activities providing support and structures for all levels of nursing staff to promote a positive professional practice environment. Supports and upholds the Hospital Mission, Vision, Values and Guiding Behaviors, Patient Bill of Rights, and the Code of Business and Ethical Conduct.

Job Specific Duties

  • Oversees and supports talent development of the leadership team to ensure succession planning, mentorship, and coaching within departments leading to strategic goal accomplishment. Provides ongoing performance feedback, coaching, and mentoring to leaders and staff.  Builds a high performance environment by fostering staff empowerment, holding team members accountable, utilizes the department engagement champions to increase staff communication, recognition, and talent retention.  
  • Implements and oversees evidence based best practices aligning with retention strategies, collaborating with nursing staff and leaders, talent management (TME), marketing, nursing governance, organizational development, and other key stakeholders to ensure implementation and sustainability. 
  • Continually seeks and analyzes retention, skill mix, engagement, and other staff focused metrics to ensure a quality, positive practice environment through development of improvement strategies.  
  • Collaborates to understand workforce metrics and drive accountability through the implementation of evidence based best practices for workforce retention and engagement, and developing strategies that align with organizational KPIs and targets. 
  • Facilitates organizational engagement through oversight of the Nursing Retention Oversight Committee.
  • Performs periodic gap analysis of utilization of nursing excellence tools/strategies (examples- STEPP, Nursing Shared Governance, SNIP, GNI, RNI, specialty certification, tuition reimbursement, preceptor program, well-being resources, mentorship program, recognition programs, etc.) providing education and mentoring to nurse leaders as needed. 
  • Develops and implements meaningful retention initiatives and events based on the periodic gap analysis and collaboration with stakeholders. 
  • Promotes retention and engagement in a diverse multi-generational and multi-cultural workforce through ensuring components of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), working closely with DEI leaders. 
  • Works collaboratively with TME teams of wellness, engagement, development, etc. to implement organizational strategies to ensure One Nicklaus Voice. 
  • Leads and directs process improvement initiatives and other staff engagement programs.  Ensures applications and concepts are standardized and reliable processes and sustained in the department. Supports process improvement and incorporates science principles into quality/process improvement activities while working with leadership ensuring application of evidenced based practice in the departments.  
  • Facilitates team engagement on all retention program activities following evidence based practice principles. 
  • Communicates timely and effectively to ensure nursing leadership team is well informed concerning hospital plans, opportunities, and business results. Reviews and analyzes statistical data to enhance staff engagement and retention.  
  • Facilitates team engagement and creates an environment of shared decision-making and promotes multidisciplinary collaboration. Collaborates with nursing, various administrative staff, and leaders in planning for and providing quality and consistent staff focused activities. Facilitates communication and cooperation across departments to ensure the standardization and continuum of care.  
  • Accountable for employee engagement scores. Rounds in departments with medical and business leaders to solicit input from staff; collects data and supports improvements and tracks results. Ensures updates on opportunities and outcomes are shared with clinical staff during meetings or huddles. Guides establishment of standards, provides training, and enforces compliance with employee engagement programs and initiatives.  
  • Fosters the Magnet culture, supports Nursing Excellence programs and strategies, and ensures clinical staff engagement in shared leadership activities.  
  • Remains current with state and federal associations, professional trends, and by participating in community activities. Actively involved in a professional organization. Shares best practices with nursing leadership. Develops, reviews, and revises departmental policies and procedures and assures the department's compliance with DNV, state, and federal regulations, as well as, current evidence-based guidelines.  
  • Ensures highest integrity for the business operations of the departments. Oversees the development of nursing capital and operating budgets through collaboration with Chief Nursing Officer/Vice-President and other Vice Presidents making changes as necessary. Presents department budgets to senior leadership staff. Strategically positions the departments to react effectively to unplanned circumstances, demands, and challenges facing the industry while creating revenue enhancements and cost reduction practices. Ensure sufficient staffing to meet patient care needs while monitoring and ensuring compliance with department budgets. 
  • Author articles and stories for the Magnet accreditation and Beacon Awards. Collaborates with the Magnet Program Manager and Nursing Leaders to fulfill the requirements of the Magnet Certification.  


Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Nursing 
  • American Heart Association BLS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • Registered Nurse within the State of Florida or Multi-State Enhanced Nursing License Compact (eNLC) – maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • Nationally Recognized nursing certification within one year
  • 3-5 years in managerial experience in an acute care environment
  • 2-4 years in pediatric experience
  • 3-5 years in professional governance leadership demonstrating positive impact on outcomes through engagement experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • PhD or DNP preferred.
  • NE-BC or NEA-BC preferred.
  • Certification after two years preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbal and written when representing the Nursing departments.
  • Analytical and fiscal abilities in order to administer complex budgets and short/long range goals.
  • Support for professional and interdisciplinary research and educational activities through collaboration and leadership.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills to resolve complex administrative issues.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment in making decisions related to patient care and employee issues.
  • Able to effectively deal with physicians, peers, superiors, and subordinates.
  • Builds effective working relationships throughout the organization with directors, managers, staff, physicians, patients/families, and suppliers.
  • Possess consultative, collaborative, and effective communication skills necessary to partner with teams in the organization.
  • Demonstrated contributions to department/patient care enhancement and growth, as well as, growth of employees under their direction.
  • Actively seeks out self-development and education opportunities.

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Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus

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Job Status

:Full Time

Joining a new organization can be daunting or overwhelming. But at Nicklaus, your colleagues make you feel welcomed. They taught me to celebrate our accomplishments and band together during challenging times. This is not easy to find in healthcare these days, so I’m grateful to have found an amazing place to work with people and leadership who have my well-being in mind.

Lova Renee Brunson Manager Accreditation & Regulatory

Collaboration leads to success.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Working together, we find solutions and methods we would never find alone, and at Nicklaus Children’s, we have fun doing it.

Responsibility drives us.

We all take responsibility here – for the children, their families, our work and each other. We meet our responsibilities head on and motivate each other to succeed.

Empower yourself, help others.

Nicklaus Children’s encourages team members to believe in their ability to affect positive change in the world through everything they do with us.

Advocate for the right way.

Advocate for children. Advocate for families. Advocate for yourself. But most of all, advocate for getting the job done right and you will find nothing but success and support in your career here.

Transformation is growth.

At Nicklaus Children’s, change is not to be feared. When you work here, you are always working with the most advanced tools and procedures available.

Empathy is everything.

We expect our team members to have empathy for the patients and families they treat, and in turn, we have empathy for them. We take care of everyone in the Nicklaus Children’s family with competitive benefits and our supportive culture.

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