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Director of Behavioral Health Nursing

Kansas City, Kansas

Job ID: R-4079

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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-4079 Job Type: Full time Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Position Summary / Career Interest:

The Director of Behavioral Health Nursing position provides daily operational administration for nursing and ensures the mission, vision, and values of the health system are embedded in the daily work of the behavioral health service line. The Director of Behavioral Health Nursing reports directly to the Chief Nursing Officer. Supervision is exercised over a team of nursing, professional, clerical, and ancillary personnel totaling over 250 FTEs across three campuses. Mental and Behavioral Health Service line encompasses direct care provided to pre-adolescence through the adult populations. This role provides oversight and input to clinical service line initiatives and improvement work.


*Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and duties and may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.

  • Supervises, coordinates, implements, and directs the ongoing administrative aspects of assigned nursing and patient care areas at the University of Kansas Health System mental and the various behavioral health locations.
  • Participates in evaluation of nursing and clinical practice through peer review and clinical coaching. Assists in the establishment of institutional standards of practice for all aspects of nursing and other patient care services in alignment with regulatory standards.
  • Coordinates in the creation and implementation of health system policies and procedures.
  • Advocates for the protections and rights of individuals, families, communicates, populations, healthcare providers, nursing and other professions and institutions and organizations, especially related to health and safety.
  • Collaborates with all levels of nursing staff, interdisciplinary teams, executive leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Considers factors related to safety, effectiveness, cost, and impact on practice in the planning and delivery of nursing and other services.
  • Enhances the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice, nursing services administration, and the delivery of services.
  • Integrates ethical provisions in all areas of practice.
  • Integrates research findings and evidence-based practice into standards.



  • BLS Certification
  • Multi-State Nursing License Required
  • Master's Degree in Nursing
  • 2 years of behavioral health experience required
  • 3 years of supervisory and/or management experience required
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • 5 years of professional nursing experience preferred

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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