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Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics Nurse Manager - Medical Unit in Salem, Oregon

Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics are part of a network of state of the art medical facilities located within the heart of the Willamette Valley. At Salem Health, we pride ourselves on being a community centric, diverse organization that has been voted a top workplace by our employees for three years running.

We continually strive to provide innovative paths to learning and growth while maintaining an environment of strategic problem solving objectives through Lean driven principles. We understand that hardworking, conscientious and compassionate team members are one of our most valuable assets and we are always looking for outstanding people to join our team.

Your Role With Us:

The Medical Unit Nurse Manager at Salem Hospital has 24/7 accountability for the Medical Unit with responsibility to manage the day-to-day clinical operations in a fiscally responsive manner, ensuring that resources, including equipment and supplies are available for the staff to care for patients. Scope of responsibility includes, but is not limited to, patient safety and satisfaction, staff competency and education, performance improvement, budgeting, personnel management, and physician relations. This Nurse Leader role works collaboratively and proactively with staff, physicians, other patient care units and hospital departments to facilitate and improve patient care and services. Serves as a professional leader and a management representative of Adult Health Services on hospital-wide committees and initiatives including support of the magnet journey. Assists the Adult Health Services Director on specific projects and other duties as assigned, including organizational strategies, system priorities and overall health care trends. Provides support and direct patient care as needed alongside of the rest of the nursing leadership team.

Core Functions:

Plan Strategically

  • References questions about strategy/tactics with “does it fit our goals and values?” and “what is the end-in-mind?”- Makes decisions based on alignment with organizational goals and strategies

  • Understands organization’s integrated strategic plan and always works to its goals while communicating these to staff

  • Works in collaboration with leadership in a co-management relationship of resources, staffing, and quality of care.

  • Works with an orientation to meeting the current needs of customers as first priority

  • Communicates the importance of the organization’s mission, vision and values

  • Ensures employees understand their role and responsibilities in achieving organizational success

  • Ensures that employees are informed about department and hospital goals, strategies and action plans

  • Participates in development of related business plans.

Staff Engagement

  • Utilize Lean Management principles

  • Demonstrates tenacity to meet organizational goals and encourages others during challenging times - Solicits staffs’ views of the organization: “are we walking our talk? and if not, what can we do differently?”

  • Invites staff input in planning work processes and creates a work context where teamwork is valued.

  • Role models personal ownership of problems.

  • Listens and responds to staff input and concerns, enlisting their help to solve problems or raises to supervisor.

  • Promotes collaboration and teamwork.

  • Involves staff in planning, decision-making and solving team conflicts.

  • Cultivates a work environment that encourages interdepartmental cooperation, problem-solving and service delivery.

  • Implements management policies and practices that support accountability and outcome achievement.


  • Exhibits self-confidence and encourages others to speak openly and with confidence.

  • Demonstrates the capacity to have both positive and “hard” conversations about performance and organizational priorities with colleagues/staff.

  • Demonstrates ability to listen and to influence others toward meeting the organization’s goals and values in one-to-one conversation and in public settings.

  • Takes responsibility to assure personal communication related to work is clear to all members of the team.

  • Establishes and communicates clear expectations.

  • Models open, clear and consistent communication.

  • Demonstrates effective listening – listen to understand.

Reward Excellence

  • Demonstrates a high level of knowledge and skill in her/his professional field - Supports, implements, and rewards innovative approaches to work for self and staff.

  • Encourages all staff to challenge themselves to stretch toward progressive outcomes they will be proud of.

  • Holds others to high standards of accountability.

  • Models holding self to high standards of accountability.

  • Acknowledges and celebrates excellent performance.

  • Ensures that performance management programs for staff are effectively administered and that all staff receives on-going feedback and coaching on job performance, competencies, values-based behaviors and developmental needs.

Learning Environment

  • Works to achieve needed change, applying a framework that learning and change are interdependent.

  • Identifies educational needs with staff and plans actions and resources to support meeting the needs.

  • Models continuous self-development and actively promotes continuing development opportunities for all staff.

  • Supports and contributes to a long-term plan for staff development.

  • Provides ongoing coaching and feedback.

  • Provides timely and thorough performance reviews.

Continuous Improvement

  • Understands and uses performance management tools for staff and work groups effectively and continually.

  • Able to teach how benchmarking works.

  • Teaches the discipline of continuous improvement through example and in all opportunities practices it.

  • Understands and applies Lean principles & improvement methods in ongoing problem-solving.

  • Confronts behaviors that violate values or standards.

  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies and organization as well as adherence to Salem Health policies and procedures.

  • Understands, interprets and consistently applies the organization’s policies and procedures.

  • Utilizes tools, auditing processes, educational programs and decision making bodies to ensure a continuous state of regulatory and accreditation readiness.

Manage Resources

  • Able to staff appropriately and manage staff efforts effectively.

  • Understands and uses information technology.

  • Uses recruitment, motivation, and retention strategies effectively.

  • Able to lead or delegate and complete projects effectively.

  • Able to make input to and implement budgets effectively.

  • Establishes targets and processes to monitor programmatic growth, clinical quality and effective operations within the designated operating units.

  • Maintains the highest integrity for patient, procedural, and organization data.

  • With the assistance of assigned financial staff, reviews periodic financial statements and reports, and makes changes in resource allocation, spending, and other relevant business activity, to ensure the financial viability and budget compliance.

  • Supports and adheres to the financial controls and related policies and procedures of Salem Health and

ensures that administrative and business activities are conducted in support of operational excellence.

  • Develops and assists with budgets; plans, implements, and allocates resources in collaboration with Leadership Team with a focus on operational excellence.

  • Coordinates and monitors capital expenditures. Provides for equipment analysis and recommends modifications and acquisitions.


  • Requires BSN, Master's Degree preferred. Bachelor of Arts in Nursing also accepted. Will consider non-nursing Bachelor’s Degree with MSN.

  • Requires AONE or ANCC Nurse Executive Certification within one year of eligibility.

  • Five (5) years minimum acute care RN experience required

  • Two (2) years minimum progressive management experience required.

  • BLS issued by the American Heart Association required.

  • Current unencumbered Oregon RN license required or eligible for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Oregon.

  • Demonstrates skill in developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders (physicians, customers, managers).

  • Provides evidence of change management skills.

  • Excellent communication (verbal/written) skills.

  • Self motivated, team oriented, and possesses leadership skills.

  • Computer system/business operations

We have many excellent opportunities available! To view all of our openings, please visit our career page at

Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by law. Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

Requisition ID: 2021-9407

Street: 890 Oak St SE

Post End Date: 10/19/2021

Maximum Salary (DOE): DOE

Shift (Please note: this field is external facing to candidates): Days

Work Schedule (Please note: this field is external facing to candidates): M-F

Hours Each Week (Please note: this field is external facing to candidates): 40.00