• Requisition Number: 4517
  • Department: DUKE HOSPITAL
  • Location: Durham
  • Type of Position: Regular
  • Shift: Full Time
  • Specialty: Oncology
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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.


Occupational Summary

The Assistant Vice President, Oncology Service Line, Nursing, also known as Chief Nursing Officer for the Duke Cancer Institute, is responsible for leading key programs and initiatives that address overall Quality, Safety and Outcomes within an assigned Service Line, or across Duke University Health System (DUHS). Responsibilities may also include leading DUHS Nursing initiatives in Education, Clinical and Advanced Practice, Research, Quality, Recruitment & Retention, Workforce Development, and Administrative Systems.


Work Performed


Collaboration & Partnership: Develop and foster effective collaboration across DUHS / DUHS service line programs, clinical departments, academic departments/divisions, and other affiliated services to ensure an integrated approach to providing clinical care, and fulfilling our clinical, research and educational goals and objectives. Foster productive physician faculty relationships to assure collaborative problem solving and support physician leadership's clinical initiatives.


Management & Leadership: Oversee all facets of human resource management for reporting and ensure that all applicable institutional policies and procedures are effectively managed. Provide administrative direction to management staff within areas of responsibility including supporting plan development, priority-setting, decision-making, and professional development.


Strategic Planning: Participate in the creation and implementation of a visionary strategic agenda for nursing that links clinical practice, education and research, and is tied to the DUHS strategic plan. In collaboration with other entity/DUHS service line leadership, will participate in and oversee the development of the vision/strategic plan and the organizational goals. Partner with key stakeholders across the system to create short- and long-term strategies that will positively impact quality, safety, and the patient experience. Establish systems to ensure appropriate levels of staff and manage budgets effectively.


Finance & Growth: In collaboration with colleagues in the Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) and Finance, responsible for the revenue cycle and billing processes (where applicable) as well as improving fiscal and operational performance. Collaborates with other leaders to ensure adequate financial resources are available to fulfill the vision of excellence for clinical/support operations. Establishes and maintains effective internal controls. Provide significant input and direction with regard to building and/or renovating clinical facilities as needed.


Operational Oversight: Identify areas of potential care or programmatic redesign and lead initiatives to meet DUHS service line or operational objectives of improved efficiencies, effectiveness, and patient experience.


Nursing Practice: The Assistant Vice President, Nursing is responsible for developing, supporting and sustaining a comprehensive, evidence- based nursing professional practice model and will assume accountability for the outcomes of nursing practice across the health system. Create an environment that supports the advancement of professional nursing and advanced practice and the development of a robust workforce to insure the ability of the entity/DUHS service line to meet future needs for professional staff. Standardize, develop, and ensure the appropriate translation of evidence-based practice into daily practice throughout multiple sites. Lead initiatives that advance nursing, advanced practice and interdisciplinary care, resulting in improved patient-care outcomes through the implementation of evidence-based practice and collaborative practice.


Compliance & Regulatory: Maintain compliance with all relevant legislative and regulatory rules and requirements established by state and federal agencies as well as those of voluntary accrediting bodies to ensure continued compliance. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Ability to lead effectively in a matrixed organization requiring high levels of collaboration, sound judgment and significant operational and practice management expertise. Knowledge of physician practice management, clinical operational issues and research practice that contribute to effective and efficient care structures and processes. Knowledge of health care payment systems and sound financial management practices. Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulation. Demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. Build strong performance around quality and patient experience and continually drive for improvement. Assure effective communication of initiatives within and across relevant internal and external audiences.


Minimum Qualifications




Master's degree in nursing in area of specialty required. Doctorate preferred.




Seven years ofprogressive nursing leadership experience including at least 5 years of experience at the leadership level, preferably in the area of assignment.


Degrees, Licensures, Certifications


Must have current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina. Nurses hired into leadership positions must obtain a nursing leadership certification within three months of hire.


Duke University 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 essential job 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.