Job Description

Job Title: Director of Nursing
Job ID: 669644
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, Monday thru Friday
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Nursing Adminstration
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Are you a visionary nurse leader with a passion for behavioral health? Do you have strong negotiation and conflict management skills? Do you thrive on building relationships and collaborating with individuals across a multitude of disciplines? This rare opportunity as Director of Nursing at one of the nation’s leading psychiatric hospitals could be the perfect fit for you!

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) is a national leader in the innovative treatment of mental health and addictive disorders. As part of UPMC, we provide a comprehensive range of behavioral health services, clinical research, education, and training. Considered one of the country’s foremost academic-based psychiatric care facilities, Western Psychiatric houses the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dedicated to providing professionals with state-of-the-art training and assistance, we are consistently ranked as one of the best in America by U.S. News & World Report.

To support our mission to provide outstanding patient care, WPIC actively seeks a strong, dynamic nurse leader to serve as our full-time Director of Nursing. Reporting directly to the Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Operations and Patient Care Services, the Director of Nursing will have oversight and influential leadership of nursing (including clinical management of inpatient units), and clinical and ancillary services. The position will serve to bridge interactions across our specialty services at the executive level and ensure we are delivering quality, excellent patient care within our clinic. The Director should display the highest level of commitment to our mission and vision in his/her daily work and interactions.

As Director of Nursing, you will direct the provision of quality patient care in collaboration with the CNO, Vice President of Operations and Patient Care Services by identifying, analyzing, and refining clinical and system processes and operations to improve and ensure positive patient outcomes. You will actively contribute to the development and continued endurance of a professional practice environment that achieves positive patient care outcomes and staff satisfaction. Additionally, you will have the unique opportunity to assist the CNO, Vice President of Operations and Patient Care Services in the development of policies and goals that address patient care operations.

  • Provide direction and support to the Nurse Leaders and direct reports by identifying, analyzing, and refining clinical and system processes and operations to improve and ensure positive patient outcomes. Effectively communicate and model the shared mission, vision and values of Patient Care Services and UPMC. Assist with the development of the hospital Nursing strategic plan. Demonstrate philosophy of lifelong learning. Facilitate planning, implementation and evaluation of patient flow initiatives to enhance patient care delivery and patient satisfaction. Define programmatic and financial goals consistent with the short and long-term goals of the program, the division and UPMC. Analyze performance from the business and financial perspectives and assist to achieve financial goals and objectives. Identify factors, internal and external to the system that will affect the programmatic and financial viability of the Program and intervene appropriately to optimize desired outcomes. Develop short term, long range plans and budgets based on the division's goals and objectives and presents recommendations. Promote a customer service approach and Ensures patient care outcomes as well as department goals are achieved.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a professional practice environment to achieve positive patient care outcomes and staff satisfaction. Articulate and ensure compliance with patient care and nursing standards established by regulatory agencies (e.g. PA DOH, CMS, and the Joint Commission), as well as hospital patient care standards and standards published by professional organizations. Promote the ongoing development of the Professional Practice Council. Recommend changes to policies and procedures at all levels of the organization Collaborate with professionals across the UPMC to identify and support joint educational opportunities. Support the planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing education program including orientation and continuing education in nursing activities. Role models, encourages, mentors and monitors other to routinely utilize evidence-based data for management and clinical decision making. Participate in professional organizations to enhance personal growth and facilitate collaborate relationships at a regional, national and international level. Coach and advise professional staff in the formulation of their professional development plan.
  • Engage all levels of staff in decision making related to their practice. Develop and evaluate clinical systems and facilitate that delivery of comprehensive patient/family care across the continuum. Recognize the need for a varied leadership style based on the situation and developmental stage of an individual or group. Develop nursing leaders and participate in successful planning activities. Create a structure and necessary support that promotes and allow for staff input and consideration.
  • Utilize hospital data management systems to access information and analyze data in planning for patient care processes and systems. Lead/Form problem solving teams around the clinical improvement issues. Recommend changes in the division as required to positively support the delivery of quality patient care. Serve as a change agent, assisting other in understanding the importance, necessity, impact and process of change. Establish the provision of quality care as a core value, guiding principle and primary accountability in all aspects of Patient Care operations. Recommend changes in clinical care or process improvement based on clinical findings, team recommendations and research literature to promote cost/quality outcomes. Collaborate with nursing leadership to determine patient care quality improvement goals and objectives. Monitor clinical activities to identify unexpected risk and implement patient safety initiatives. Demonstrate initiative to address complex, high risk problems and translate them into opportunities and challenges. Share nursing sensitive quality outcomes in appropriate leadership forums.
  • Participate in workforce planning and employment decisions including selecting talented nursing leaders, mentoring others and applying appropriate corrective disciplinary actions to mitigate workplace behavior problems. Develop relationships and integrate all team members including physicians into the team's work. Establish and maintain good rapport and cooperative relationship with peers, nursing staff, hospital staff, medical staff, management, and other.


  • BSN required
  • Related Masters degree required (not necessarily in Nursing)
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) preferred.
  • 5 years of progressive leadership experience in a health care setting required.
  • Previous behavioral health clinical experience strongly preferred
  • Stellar negotiation and leadership skills strongly preferred
  • Ability to forge strong interpersonal relationships with individuals of various disciplines strong preferred
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Nursing Administration Certification Preferred
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management
  • Registered Nurse
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $0 to $0

Union Position: No

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