Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Department/Unit Summary: The Vanderbilt Transplant Center's mission is to provide end-stage organ failure patients an opportunity to lead extraordinary lives. We are one of the South's main providers of kidney, heart, liver, lung, and pancreas with patient outcomes that rank among the best in the country. We offer clinical trials as well as rare state-of-the-art treatment options.
Your Role: Reporting directly to the Administrator of Vanderbilt Transplant Center with responsibility to the Medical Director of VTC and to the Chief Nursing Officer, the Clinical Director, Transplant Services is responsible for non-physician clinical operations and patient care. This individual works closely with the Director of VTC and the Administrator of VTC to maintain and advance the safety, quality, compliance and professional competence of those who provide care to the transplant patient including all nursing, clinical and organ procurement staff. The Clinical Director will directly supervise transplant clinical managers. This individual will interface with their colleagues throughout the hospital, in the operating room, the ambulatory clinics, the blood bank, laboratory, and with the Organ Procurement Organization to ensure coordination and communication of transplant needs and issues. The Clinical Director will be expected to liaison with the transplant program medical and surgical directors and medical staff on clinical issues.
This individual will work closely with the Administrator of VTC to ensure compliance with all professional, governmental and transplant regulatory agencies such as the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), CMS, and JCAHO.
Responsible for a team of 4 people managers and an overall organization of over 50 clinical professionals consisting of nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, preservationists, and medical assistants.
Key Success Factors •Develops and leads an advanced practice operational and strategic infrastructure in alignment within entity, VUMC and system goals. •Ensures the delivery of high quality and cost effective care, based upon competency and evidenced based clinical practice and research. •Demonstrates the ability to lead individuals/teams across disciplines and possesses an ability to work with all levels of staff within a multidisciplinary group, and leads advanced practice providers to contribute to institution-wide initiatives. •Demonstrates knowledge and application of national, state and institutional advanced practice regulations, education, clinical training, licensure, certification and scope of practice. Advocates for top of license practice. •Serves as external expert in understanding advanced practice educational curriculums, guidelines set forth by regulatory agencies such as The Joint Commission; and state and national laws governing advanced practice. •Serves as an internal consultant for institutional regulations such as nursing and medical staff bylaws, credentialing and privileging, VUMC policies and procedures. •Demonstrates experience and mastery as practicing clinician. Serves as an internal and external expert consultant in clinical practice.
•In conjunction with the Administrator of VTC, monitors operating budgets. •Consults with Administrator of VTC on issues of reimbursement, government regulation, finances, and cost control.
•Experience in clinical leadership of solid organ transplant programs will enable this person to provide care needed by patients.
Position Qualifications Required: •Master’s degree in nursing required. A nurse practitioner is preferred. •Required time in field previous to employment: A combined total of 15 years of clinical and leadership/managerial experience •Within that period, the successful candidate will have two to four years of clinical experience in transplant and two to four years of results-oriented hospital, health care or transplant program leadership experience. •Professional membership in administrative and professional organizations must be maintained. •Supervision and leadership experience preferred. This individual will demonstrate career accomplishments of significant clinical acumen and outstanding people skills
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