• Requisition Number: 26881
  • Department: DUKE HOSPITAL
  • Location: Durham
  • Type of Position: Regular
  • Shift: Full Time
  • Specialty: Nursing Leadership
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Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.


Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.


In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.


Duke Nursing Highlights:


  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognizedeach year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!


Clinical Operations Director – Duke University Health System – Duke University Hospital Perioperative Services


Duke University Health System seeks to hire a Clinical Operations Director, Perioperative, who will embrace our mission of Transforming Lives Transforming Care.


The Clinical Operations Director will have 7 Nurse Manager Direct Reports and clinical oversight of our eight specialty service line teams and Perioperative platform with 52 ORs, our Preoperative platform, PACU, Short Stay and Surgical Care Units. This position will work closely with our Clinical Operations Director of Ambulatory.  The position reports to our Associate Chief Nursing Officer. This COD will have the opportunity to work on key initiatives in multiple areas, joining a dedicated team of high-functioning units with strong clinical outcomes/metrics.  


Duke Nursing Highlights:

* Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet®organization

* Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.

* Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.

* Duke University Health System has 6000+ registered nurses

* Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!

* Relocation Assistance!

* Nurse Loan Forgiveness!!

* Generous Tuition Assistance Programs!!!


Duke North /DMP Surgical Services includes eight specialties offering new and exciting opportunities in both adult and pediatrics using the latest technological advancements including two intraoperative MRI suites and two intraoperative CT suites. Our Eye Center operating rooms provide highly specialized surgery for all ophthalmology including; glaucoma/corneal transplant, cataracts, vitreo-retinal, Neuro-ophthalmology and pediatrics.


•        General Surgery

•        Cardiothoracic

•        Orthopedics

•        Plastics

•        Neurosurgery

•        Otolaryngology Head & Neck (ENT)

•        Gynecology

•        Urology

•        Robotics

•        Transplant


Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to manage multiple organization missions. Facilitation, consensus-building, and negotiation skills. Sensitivity for and understanding of clinical disciplines and issues.

Understand cost containment and managed care systems.

The ability to work with all types of individuals in multiple settings and locations and to promote diversity in the workplace.

Knowledge of necessary regulatory bodies including North Carolina Nurse Practice Act.

Expert communication skills


Job Summary:


As a Clinical Director of Perioperative Services, you will direct and coordinate work of designated employees, manage personnel activities to meet CSU/Departmental, Hospital and Health System objectives related to the provision of patient care within designated clinical areas.
In collaboration with other administrative leadership, develop strategic and operational plan for assigned clinical area(s). Communicate plans and continuously evaluate plans.
Develop and communicate vision for unit care delivery models and facilitate ongoing refinement of such models.
Provide developmental opportunities for direct reports.
Serve as clinical operational liaison with administrative and professional personnel concerning unit and/or departmental, Hospital and Health System policies and procedures, personnel administration and budgetary preparation and control.
Maintain interface with departmental personnel to coordinate clinical operational activities to ensure adequate staffing, space and facilities, coordination of purchasing, maintenance and renovation activities for the operational areas, administer a program of property management and accountability.
Determine and recommend necessary space, equipment, supplies and support systems to ensure effective functioning of unit/department.
Ensure safe environment of care for all staff, patients, and families.
Ensure effective processes for staff development, recruitment and retention.
Develop and support unit, shared governance structure.
Assure staff participation in departmental and Organizational Nursing Structures.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Provide overall direction and leadership for assigned clinical areas on a 24 hour basis; ensure the effective administrative management of clinical functions related to personnel and policy in order to meet the mission of patient care, education and research within a fiscally responsible organization.


Knowledge, Skills, Education, and Experience Required:


Previous work experience (5+ years) as a clinical nurse including OR experience is required. At least 2 of the years of nursing experience must be in a management role.
 Graduation from an accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (or higher), and a MSN completion required upon date of hire.

Licensure, Certification or Registration Required:
Current registration with North Carolina State Board of Nursing as a registered professional nurse OR current compact RN licensure to practice in the state of North Carolina required.
BLS (or higher) certification required.


Nurses hired into leadership positions must obtain a nursing leadership certification within one year of hire.
New nurse leaders who are ineligible to sit for an exam because they have not been working in a leadership role for the minimum amount of time required must complete their certification within three months of becoming eligible.


Candidate will be required to complete the following:
NE-BC or NEA-BC certification
CENP certification
Professional specialty certification (preferred).



Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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