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Nurse Chief Executive

Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

The Terrell State Hospital is seeking a Manager IV, Chief Nurse Executive (CNE), to join an interdisciplinary team of professionals to provide clinical care to patients of the state hospital. The CNE will work under the supervision of the hospital Superintendent; your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. This state hospital CNE position works at the Terrell State Hospital campus with a dynamic group of staff and professionals who provide dedicated support and services for individuals with mental illness and/or mental illness and co-occurring psychiatric and substance use. There is a large Forensic population which includes individuals who have been found to be Incompetent to Stand Trial or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. Terrell State Hospital is a team environment where staff clinicians collaborate to provide comprehensive care and services. To learn more about the state hospital, see https://hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use/state-hospitals/terrell-state-hospital. An important characteristic of state hospital employees includes valuing and respecting the individuals served and believing in the premise that all people can achieve a higher level of recovery and independence. Our vision and mission statements: Mission: Providing high-quality, individualized care to Texans. Vision: To be accessible, compassionate and state-of-the-art. The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.

General job duties of the CNE include: Supervising and performing advanced managerial professional nursing work within the scope of practice attributed to the skills of a registered nurse, overseeing:
? The daily operations and activities of the nursing department;
? the development of guidelines, procedures, policies, rules and regulations and monitoring compliance with nursing policies and procedures;
? special investigations, preparation of management and productivity reports;
? The development and implementation of techniques for evaluating nursing activities.
The CNE will identify areas of needed change using prudent independent nursing judgment and making recommendations to improve operations. This senior level nursing management position will professionally represent the nursing department at meetings, conferences and committees.

The CNE works under very limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position is a critical member of the state hospital?s senior executive leadership team and works under the supervision of the Superintendent, or designee. The CNE promotes and initiates professional, legal, and ethical nursing practice at the state hospital. This also includes knowledge of the Nurse Practice Act and the Nursing Peer Review Process. The CNE is the primary person responsible for coordinating and ensuring systems are developed and ensuring nursing care is administered to the individuals served. The decision-making authority of the position involves varied decisions based on broad principles and guidelines. The CNE develops, manages and evaluates the nursing department within budgetary constraints.


Essential Job Functions:
1. Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a flexible schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in order to round on all shifts, and performs other duties as assigned.
2. Participates in developing, writing and implementing program operations, policies and procedures.
3. Keeps abreast of current nursing philosophy, techniques and regulations.
4. Coordinates the health care of individuals in cooperation with the Medical Director, Unit Directors, Departmental Directors and identified staff so that optimal health care is delivered to individuals served.
5. Will interpret regulations and communicate them effectively in writing and orally.
6. Works independently and productively with all levels of staff and departments.
7. Ability to train all levels of staff.
8. Makes decisions and recommendations to campus leaders. Provides leadership and direction to ensure nursing and facility compliance with the incident management system to create an environment that protects individuals served from harm or injury and leads to improved services and outcomes.
10. Provides leadership and direction to ensure nursing compliance with Recovery Oriented Treatment Planning that empowers individuals to have as much participation as possible in all decision-making activities that affect his/her life and is a part of the treatment planning process to meet his/her personal outcomes.
11. Adhere to all policies and procedure of the facility including local, state and federal guidelines.
12. Perform timely reviews and updates to all policies pertaining to nursing care, requesting input from ancillary departments as needed.
13. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency?s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.


Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1. Considerable knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures; of health care laws and regulations; of medical diagnoses and procedures; of accepted medical treatment patterns; of community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures; of program regulations and procedures; and of utilization review and control measures.
2. Ability to provide individual care; to prepare and maintain records; to explain public health law; to organize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing activities and delivery of public health services; to interpret policies and procedures; to interpret health care regulations; to recognize patterns of medical necessity treatment; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. Ideal candidate will possess strong management and leadership skills.
3. Ability to appropriately interact with individuals with psychiatric disabilities and staff members.
4. Knowledge of nursing care standards.
5. Ability to interpret regulations and communicate them effectively both orally and in writing.
6. Knowledge of state and federal laws and rules, regulations, policy and procedures related to state hospital campuses. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
7. Knowledge of computer/software.
8. Ability to work independently and productively with all levels of staff.
9. Ability to train all levels of staff.
10. Ability to make decisions and recommendations to campus leadership.
11. Must maintain current CPR certification.


Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas (or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact), or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner credential.

Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Graduation from a Master?s degree program accredited by the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners.
2. Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas (or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact), or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner credential.
3. Five (5) years of experience in direct nursing practice as a practicing registered nurse in a recognized health agency, hospital, health-care facility, and/or clinic setting, preferred.
4. Three (3) years? experience as an administrative nurse with supervisory authority over other nurses.
5. Documentation of Nursing Supervisory/Administrative Experience.
6. Experience working in a setting with other professional disciplines.
7. Experience with computers and/or an electronic medical record.
8. Previous experience working with persons who have severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse preferred

Additional Information:
Req.# 481305

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.


MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor?s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

- Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.



Keywords: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus, Wichita Falls , Nurse Chief Executive, Other , Wichita Falls, Texas

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