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Director of Nursing: Acute Care Hospital

Great Bend, Kansas

Job ID: R-25272

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Our nurses are leaders and decision makers, working closely with physicians to provide the best care and most advanced treatments. On our team, you’ll work in an environment of respect and professionalism, and you’ll have the support to advance your nursing career in the direction you choose. Find out more about the wide variety of opportunities for nurses at The University of Kansas Health System.


Job Summary

Job ID: R-25272 Job Type: Full time Location: Great Bend, Kansas
Position Summary / Career Interest:

Position Summary: Under the direction of the administrator and in coordination with Greater Kansas Chief Nursing Officer, directs and facilitates the establishment and implementation of plans, operations, programs and growth of services in the department; establishes and works towards the accomplishment of short-term and long range goals, objectives, and strategies; directs financial budgetary processes.


  • Provides positive leadership by an environment of teamwork, open communication and customer service.
  • Establishes and oversees compliance with regulatory and certifying agencies standards, participates in the evaluation and selection of products, supplies, space and capital equipment.
  • Responsible for human resources processes including interviewing and orientating staff, ongoing performance management and timekeeping/scheduling and required documentation.
  • Assists with financial management by developing and maintaining budget, strives to keep operations within benchmarks and communicates variances.
  • Ensures the compliance of policies and work instructions with regulatory standards and to improve the overall operation of the facility.
  • Collects and assesses initial and on-going data about the health status of the patient.
  • Initiates and/or revises an individualized plan of care that includes immediate and long-term outcomes for the patient/family and reflects the plan of the entire health care team.
  • Carries out interventions safely and in compliance with policy to facilitate achievement of expected outcomes.
  • Evaluates patient response to intervention/therapy based upon expected outcomes.
  • Assists in developing policies, procedures and protocols to maintain standards of care and regulatory requirements.
  • Serves as a liaison between patients and providers and other members of the support team.
  • Responsible for schedule and timekeeping of ER Providers.
  • Submits recommendations for selection of new equipment and ensures proper maintenance of equipment.
  • Documents and communicates all required components of patient care.
  • Maintains familiarity with all relevant emergency management policies and procedures; participates in drills and post-event debriefings and provides constructive input to improve the processes.
  • Responsible for coordinating system performance improvement activities which monitors clinical outcomes and system issues related to quality of care delivery, audits and case reviews, and identifying trends.
  • Coordinates developing and planning for regulatory reviews.
  • Coordinates the trauma registry including data collection, data entry, and validation of data and determines which elements should be tracked concurrently or retrospectively and conducts chart reviews.
  • Coordinates and participates in the Trauma committee meetings on a regular basis.



  • Current Kansas Registered Nurse License
  • Triage experience
  • Knowledge of general nursing and practice
  • Ability to manage and direct associates
  • Current registered nurse licensure in the State of Kansas or has work permit from the State Board of Nursing.
  • BLS certification required or must complete BLS certification with in the first 30 days of employment.
  • TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
  • ACLS certification
  • ENPC or PALS required within one year of employment; additional certification may be required for certain patient care settings or populations.


  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • A minimum of three to five years supervisory experience in hospital or business administration.

HIPAA: This position will have access to the following Protected Health Information in order to carry out the duties related to their position based on the following criteria:

Primary - required (routine) to do the job
Secondary - required for the job, but mostly be exception
None - no approved access

Description of Information Level

  • Patient Demographic Information (information used to identify a person): Name, Date of Birth, Address, Race, Marital Status, Religion
  • Financial Information/Insurance (information related to insurance, billing and payment): Billing Information, Payer Name, Payer ID, Account Balances, Plan Elements Covered, Payment Information, Payment Rates
  • Clinical Information (information that describes a patient's health status): Diagnosis, Reports/Medical Notes, Test Results, Problem List, Procedures, History and Physical
  • Coding Information (clinical information that is in (alpha) numeric format): ICD-9 Codes, Rev Codes, CPT Codes 

Infection Control:
Initial and Ongoing training in dealing with infection control. Training's could include but are not limited to, blood borne pathogens, bodily fluids and bio hazardous materials as it applies to your daily work environment.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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The main reason I love coming to work is because of the amazing team. We promote a nursing culture that encourages kindness and teamwork, and I absolutely love that about our hospital. Riley Ferree, RN


  • Healthcare

    Our robust medical, dental and vision package allows you to choose options that are best for your family. We offer life, disability, and accident insurance plus voluntary offerings such as critical illness insurance and identity theft protection.

  • Giving back

    In addition to the quality healthcare we provide, we have opportunities to serve externally in our community in activities throughout the year.

  • Team-based culture

    At the health system, we are a team. If you are highly skilled and motivated but don’t want to work in an “everyone for themselves” culture like many academic institutions have, this is your place.

  • Support and Resources

    We have a comprehensive wellness program with resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health. Our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) includes free counseling sessions and legal advice options.

  • Tuition Reimbursement

    We offer tuition reimbursement for formal education credits.

  • 401(a)

    We offer a retirement savings plan with an employer contribute.

Success Profile

What makes a successful Nurse at The University of Kansas Health System? Review the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right combination.

  • Compassionate
  • Acccountable to Team
  • Takes Initiative
  • Possesses Integrity
  • Patient-Focused
  • Desire to Grow & Develop

Our Culture

  • Work with a team that supports you, in a place where you will feel you belong and will make a difference. We empower staff to put the patient first in all things – even beyond clinical care. We value people.
  • Driven to serve: Every employee makes an impact, regardless of your role – no matter if you’re in scheduling, facilities or clinical staff. We know that each step of the process ultimately impacts the patient.
  • Our leadership is approachable, open-minded, and adaptable to challenges in healthcare.
  • We demonstrate values proudly and consistently. Values such as diversity and inclusion are important to our staff; there is a desire to see this reflected by the health system internally and externally.
  • Even though we are a large organization, our employees feel the health system’s resources, culture and commitment to quality allow them to provide exceptional care for patients.
  • Our health system welcomes patients and cases that other hospitals cannot. This represents our commitment to care and our passion to challenge ourselves and be the best.
  • We are a true healthcare leader in the region, rooted in experience and excellence.
  • We offer unique opportunities for professional development, as well as convenient pathways for onsite continuing education among healthcare professionals and staff – from GED to CEUs.
  • We make a difference in our communities by improving the health and lives of our patients.
  • We also support our communities through Health System Employees Reaching Out events.

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