Director of Nursing Inpatient, Aurora Kenosha Medical Center

Director of Nursing Inpatient, Aurora Kenosha Medical Center

Position: R82030 

Title: Director of Nursing 

Organization: Aurora Medical Center Kenosha 

Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin 

Relocation: Company relocation package provided 


A 5 star quality, 74-bed hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people we serve  in Racine, Kenosha and Northern Illinois. A nationally recognized health care provider, we offer a wide  range of medical specialties in a culturally affirming and compassionate way to help all people live well. 

74 Beds~376 Nurses~769 Physicians~59  


In this role, you will be supported by a Chief Nursing Officer who is a tenured leader that is  supportive, encouraging and a great mentor. AMCK is the first step to all your professional goal  desires; opportunity is bountiful

ABOUT AURORA HEALTH CARE (Now under Advocate Health): 

One shared purpose brought us together. With our dynamically inclusive workforce and strong  connections to the places where we live and work, we’ll touch more lives and contribute to stronger and  more vibrant communities. 

One of the most exciting shares, we are now a joint partnership with Atrium Health. We are now the Top 3rd Health System in the US. 

This new combined system will boast: 

6 States~67 Hospitals~148k Teammates~1k plus sites 


The Director of Nursing is responsible to define, develop, and implement hospital initiatives and  strategies to ensure that quality patient care is provided in a cost-effective manner, utilizing continuous

quality improvement techniques. This position includes ED, ICU, Telemetry, Med-Surg and Women’s Health under its scope. 


• Coordinates and manages all resources necessary to provide optimal nursing care. This  includes the availability of staff resources, patient care supplies and automated patient care  systems. Also responsible for effectively managing resources through systems management,  carefully coordinating system issues to assure optimal patient care. 

• Responsible for using innovative and effective recruitment and retention strategies and coaching  staff in recruitment and retention behaviors. Also responsible for establishing successful  relationships and links with nursing instructors and students. Responsible for optimizing the work  environment by effective use of all data, which includes but is not limited to employee feedback  and the employee engagement index to enhance the retention of staff. 

• Responsible for providing input, direction and expertise in the development, application, and  evaluation of orientation and continuing education programs. Coaches staff to assist in  identification of their goals to advance practice and career advancement. Develops a plan with  employees for achievement of identified goals. Assists staff in areas where deficits are identified and in the identification of areas for growth. 

• Responsible for evaluating the quality of patient care provided by all department staff by using  the Standards of Practice and patient outcomes and other quality indicators to include peer  review, incident reports, use of policy and procedures, evaluation of equipment, supplies and  products. Responsible to ensure that appropriate resources are available for Performance  Improvement initiatives on the department. 

• Develops service strategies and monitors service levels against indicators to demonstrate  improvement in customer and patient satisfaction. Coordinates and integrates services with  other areas. Holds employees accountable for meeting department, facility, and Aurora Service  Standards. 

• Maintains and promotes effective relationships with and between patients, families,  department staff, other departments, medical staff and their support staff, other health care  facilities and vendors. Participates in problem resolution as needed. Acts as a liaison between  medical and nursing staffs as necessary. 

• Facilitates evidence-based nursing by creating an environment that encourages the utilization  of evidence in practice; uses evidence in decision-making to maintain quality, cost and  customer service; and ensures the integration of evidence in congruence with departmental,  organizational, regional and Aurora strategic goals. 

• Responsible for making recommendations for changes in nursing practice to shared governance  councils and promotes new approaches and concepts. Responsible for participating in shared  governance councils as a management representative, as a work group member, or by  providing feedback as requested to the councils. Responsible for supporting shared governance  in the department by holding staff accountable and by monitoring and counseling the  department representative(s) to ensure role compliance.

• Responsible for achieving care management targets in area(s) of responsibility. Responsible  for achieving patient loyalty targets. Responsible for achieving target improvements in  employee engagement. Plans for staffing needs appropriately meeting established  productivitybenchmarks. 

• Responsible for attaining and maintaining department’s compliance with the Joint Commissionon Accreditation, and other regulatory bodies. 

• Performs human resources responsibilities for staff which include interviewing and selection  of new employees, promotions, staff development, performance evaluations, compensation  changes, resolution of employee concerns, corrective actions, terminations, and overall  employee morale. 

• Develops and recommends operating and capital budgets and controls expenditures within  approved budget objectives. 

• Responsible for understanding and adhering to the organization’s Code of Ethical Conduct  and for ensuring that personal actions, and the actions of employees supervised, comply  with the policies, regulations and laws applicable to the organization’s business. 

• Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the  age of the patients served. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and  development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s  status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as  described in the department’s policies and procedures. Age- specific information is developed  further in the departmental job standards. 


Licensure, Registration, and/or Certification Required: 

Registered Nurse license issued by the state in which the team member practices. 

Education Required: 

Bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

Experience Required: 

Typically requires 7 years of experience in nursing leadership that includes experiences in the  management of multiple, large, complex acute care departments. Includes 3 years of management  experience in managing staff and budgets. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required: 

• Demonstrated business, financial, and clinical skills to manage the operations of assigned  departments to ensure high quality, patient focused care.

• Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills with the ability to develop and coach staff as  well as the ability to delegate appropriately. 

• Strong listening and critical thinking skills. 

• Strong skills in the management of human  

resources. Ability to handle multiple demands  

simultaneously. Strong oral and written  

communication skills. 

• Strong planning and organization skills. 

• Demonstrated experience in the use of personal computers, productivity software and  nursing information systems 

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: 

• Must be able to operate all equipment essential in performing the job. 

• May be exposed to hazardous conditions and thus must wear protective clothing as  needed. Working atmosphere may contain fumes and odors. 

• Must be able to walk the majority of the workday. 

• Must have functional speech, vision, smell, and hearing. 

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not  designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of  the incumbent. Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties. 

Advocate Aurora Health is committed to diversity and inclusion every single day and in everything we  do. Diversity lives in the differences, great and small, that matter to us and make each of us unique – from our age and the color of our skin, to our abilities and the things we believe in. We know that  empowering our differences inspires creativity that leads to innovative solutions – for our team  members, consumers and communities. And because health care is built upon relationships, it’s  important for the people we serve to be able to trust us to meet their unique needs. By cultivating an  atmosphere of acceptance and compassion, we create a welcoming environment where our patients  can heal, our team members can thrive and our business can grow. As a team member, working in a  diverse setting allows you the chance to grow in ways that will broaden your perspective to deliver the  best possible patient care.

Interested candidates, don't hesitate to get in touch with Rukiya Caldwell (AHC Talent Acquisition) directly at: