Director of Nursing, Research and Innovation, RN

Wilmington, DE, 19803
Oct 27, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
Managerial, Research
Contract Type
Full Time
Nemours is seeking a Director of Nursing, Research and Innovation for Patient Care Services to join our team in Wilmington, DE.

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.

As the birthplace of the Nemours health care system, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, honors our legacy of delivering exceptional care to the children of the Delaware Valley and beyond. Ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and honored with the ANCC’s Magnet® Designation for excellence in nursing practice, we offer intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services covering more than 30 pediatric specialties. We recently completed a multi-phase hospital expansion that includes new inpatient rooms, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. Additionally, Nemours duPont Pediatrics allows us to reach more children across the region through community-based physician services and collaborative partnerships with health and hospital systems.

Primary Function
This position is responsible for providing administrative oversight and leading the Nemours Nursing and Patient Care Services vision and mission for research. This includes the strategic alignment of nursing and inter-professional research within the Delaware Valley while fostering a spirit of inquiry and professional engagement, encouraging and supporting the mission of conducting research. This individual is expected to develop a progressive program of federally funded research or funding from foundation sources. This individual will mentor and oversee all work by the Nursing Research Coordinator. Additionally, this individual will develop nurse scholars in the area of grant submission as they submit for small funding opportunities available through nursing organizations. This position will ensure the continued development, implementation and evaluation of a program of nursing research and evidence-based clinical nursing practice that is aligned with Nemours' Research Strategy and developed in collaboration with nurses and other health care providers and researchers. This program will also serve to increase the knowledge and skills of nursing staff related to the research process and implement strategies to communicate nursing research activities. Visionary leadership includes strategic planning; ensuring evidence-based care delivery, benchmarked quality patient service and outcomes; networking with nurse scientists; experience with Lean methodology (or similar) for continuous improvement; well-developed change management skills; and fiscal stewardship.

Essential Functions
  1. Engages in the conduct of sustainable, outside funded clinical research at a significant percent of effort.
  2. Engages in collaborative research across the enterprise and promotes interdisciplinary research.
  3. Monitors literature for studies relevant to specialty practice and outcomes of care or with specific administrative or implementation science relevance.
  4. Develops infrastructure and oversees programs that educates and mentors Nurses in conducting research, presentation and publication.
  5. Contributes to external peer-reviewed publications and internal publications, and develops creative strategies to disseminate nursing research to nursing staff and other appropriate personnel.
  6. Mentors Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Associates to evaluate and apply appropriate nursing research in their areas of responsibility.
  7. Promotes a professional practice environment by fostering a spirit of inquiry, scholarly activity, evidence-based practice and research utilization.
  8. Provides leadership for the Nursing Research Committee and represents Nursing on various Nemours Research boards and committees. Participates in appropriate professional organizations.
  9. Represents Nemours nationally in leadership positions. Works to increase Nemours profile and to generate collaboration across institutions.
  10. Must have the ability to work well with others.
  11. Regular attendance is required.
  12. Excellent communications and collaborative skills are required.

  • RN, PhD with proven success in leading/developing a nursing research program preferred.
  • Active Delaware (or compact state) Registered Nurse licensure required.
  • Current AHA Healthcare Provider (HCP) Certification required.

Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.

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