Dir Psychiatric Nursing Svcs

Reporting to the Senior Vice-President for Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer the Director of Psychiatric Nursing Services is accountable for the strategic planning program development patient care quality and safety and evaluation of care and services delivered to patients with mental health disorders.


Oversees clinical and administrative operations for the adult in-patient psychiatry service. Through collaboration with colleagues establishes and ensures that the standards of care for psychiatric and mental health services are consistently applied throughout the organization wherever psychiatric care is rendered including pediatric in-patient services psychiatric emergency services adult and pediatric partial programs electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the constant observation program. Ensures that nursing is practiced in accordance with regulatory requirements organizational policy and standards of professional practice. Submits annual reports to the Department of Mental Health Retardation and Hospitals the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others as required by regulation.

Develops short and long-term goals for psychiatry services in the adult in-patient units and across the organization in collaboration with physicians colleagues other leaders and staff ensuring alignment with Lifespan�s mission values and key business objectives. Identifies resources required to achieve goals and advocates for them. In collaboration with unit leadership develops recommends implements and monitors capital and operating budgets for the psychiatry service.

Facilitates the effective utilization of resources (people financial material and equipment) to meet established goals and objectives. Accountable for operating priorities to ensure activities support the system�s strategies while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

Coordinates and manages administrative and nursing processes through nurse managers for the assigned areas. Conducts clinical rounds to assess quality safety and professional practice standards and provides feedback and follow up on areas of noncompliance. Evaluates patient care needs across multiple units and ensures staffing utilization meets patient requirements. Meets with physicians nursing staff and other members of the health care team to discuss and resolve patient care problems.

Encourages innovation and facilitates the development implementation and evaluation of programs and services to consistently meet or exceed customers� needs. Monitors patient satisfaction nurse-sensitive and service-specific quality indicators and implements plans to achieve top decile rank. Conducts internal audits/tracers to evaluate compliance with standards and policies. Accountable for compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards. Ensures systems to assess patient family and community needs for services and programs.

Participates in the strategic planning for the department of nursing facilitates and supports initiatives to meet goals and monitors performance metrics. Articulates to staff the Department of Nursing�s Mission Vision and Values and Professional Practice Model to guide nursing practice. Supports and facilitates manager and staff participation in Shared Governance councils.

Develops and implements policies and procedures consistent with evidence-based practice and organizational standards. Initiates and participates in quality improvement activities and supports research activities.

Promotes a culture of safety and a positive work environment for patients families and staff. Maintains current knowledge of and compliance with labor and employment laws collective bargaining contracts and human resource policies. Creates effective labor and employee relations to promote employee engagement.

Maintains and displays current knowledge of professional/clinical issues and practices through participation in professional organizations self-study and continuing education. Demonstrates and role models principles of ethical professional practice. Fosters an awareness of the diversity that exists within the organization and promotes an environment that is sensitive to the needs of the diverse population.

Recruits and selects managers and professional and support staff who support the philosophy of the department. Provides coaching and opportunities for leadership development to managers. Ensures the provision of ongoing educational opportunities and skill development for staff. Creates an environment that fosters teamwork and continuous learning promoting recognition of behaviors and performance which positively impact patient departmental or organizational outcomes. Fosters the development of succession plans for key clinical education and leadership positions within the organization by seeking out leaders and staff who demonstrate actual or potential skills desire and commitment to advance.

Establishes and maintains collegial relationships with community agencies professional affiliations schools of nursing and area nurse educators etc. as appropriate. Serves as a consultant/ resource to committees and groups internal and external as requested. Participates in or leads various committees task forces and quality improvement teams as needed.


Other information:

Bachelor�s Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university.
Master�s Degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. At least one degree in nursing at or above the baccalaureate level is required.
Current license to practice professional nursing in the State of Rhode Island is required.
National certification in psychiatric nursing and/or nursing administration is required within one year of hire.


A minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible related experience in psychiatry/mental health preferably gained in a similarly diverse and operationally complex healthcare environment. Must be able to demonstrate competence to participate in interdisciplinary formulation of individual treatment plans; to give skilled nursing care and therapy; and to direct monitor and evaluate the nursing care furnished. Must possess a very high level of written and verbal communication skills; the ability to conceptualize develop and effect quality patient services; effective leadership/management skills; and commitment to a culture of quality and safety. Thorough knowledge of the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Rhode Island and state mental health laws is required.


Supervisory responsibility for up to 150 FTEs.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: Shift 1


Union: Non-Union