Located on the main campus, VPH is a 92 bed free-standing facility which provides inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults with psychiatric and substance abuse problems. Services include 24 hour crisis assessment and referral services available on site at VPH or in Vanderbilt's Emergency Departments. Adult patients are treated in programs designed to meet the needs of three populations, dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse, mood disorders and Thought disorders. Care is delivered by a treatment team, led by a board certified psychiatrist and comprised of registered nurses, social workers, nutritionists and other mental health professionals. Vanderbilt Behavioral Health is the only provider of inpatient mental health services for children in Middle Tennessee.
Key Areas of Responsibility
As CNO the chosen candidate will be help to grow the quality of care for the entire service line while raising the bar and continuing to advance the many world class initiatives already in place. They will oversee the nursing strategy and day to day operations of all inpatient and outpatient patient encounters across the continuum of care to include direct VPH, ED triage and admits. These include:
70,000 outpatient visits (across all ages and diagnostic categories)
School-based mental health programs
Multiple community mental health and outreach clinics across the network of VHAN affiliate hospitals and health systems throughout the tristate region
All programs are covered by Vanderbilt physicians and residents alike in a closed staff model to encompass approximately 7 adult teams and 4 adolescent teams. Both the hospital and clinics run at 90% or greater capacity with a LOS of 6.5 days.
Create an organizational culture (both within and across departments) that provides a safe, satisfying and enriching environment for employees and provides a qualified, competent staff to meet patient needs.
Develop goals and objectives for the department based on interpretation of institutional policy and goals
Establish and articulate a philosophy of nursing consistent with the educational, research, and patient care missions of the University's Medical Center.
Review, establish, and revise policies, procedures, and standards related to all aspects of nursing practice. Interpret policies and objectives to nursing staff, patient, and community groups.
Together with senior medical and administrative staff, participate in the establishment of the mission, strategic plan, budgets, resource allocation, operational plans, and policies for the Hospital and Vanderbilt Clinic
Conduct studies and establish procedures to study the effectiveness of nursing practice in relation to its objectives and cost.
Keep the Executive Director informed at all times on status of departments and make recommendations, as necessary, concerning means of reducing operational costs, increasing revenues based on knowledge of market trends, operating procedures and reimbursement matters.
Design, implement, evaluate and market programs to maximize clinical outcomes, functional status, patient/customer satisfaction and reimbursement.
Supervise Associate Director of Patient Care Services and all nursing staff who provide patient care with full responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling the work procedures; analyze and evaluate ongoing department programs to identify areas where adjustments/improvements are needed; provide advice/consultation to others regarding problems.
Define and achieve financial targets in support of business goals of the institution.
Prepare an annual operating budget for Patient Care Services, including direct labor, material and supplies, services, equipment maintenance and replacement.
Present and justify a proposed budget (operating and capital expenditure) to a management review committee.
Use patient/customer satisfaction data to improve systems, processes and outcomes.
Master’s Degree required
3+ years in bed-side, unit nursing in psychiatric/behavioral health with exposure to both inpatient and ambulatory settings, preferably in an academic/teaching environment.
3+ years minimum management experience in psychiatry spanning clinical operations and strategic growth, encompassing ED encounters/admissions.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Our Nursing Philosophy
We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.
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Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.