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Position’s Location: Lansing, MI

Job Description

General Purpose of Job:
The Department Manager is responsible for unit operations.  Accountable for associate engagement, physician alignment, and patient satisfaction.  Ensures that safe, quality care is delivered according to current evidence based standards of practice.  Promotes and supports shared decision making.  Manages unit resources including scheduling of staff and provision of necessary equipment and supplies.  Responsible for nursing sensitive indicators, core measures, and other identified outcome measures on the unit.

Essential Duties:

This job description is intended to cover the minimum essential duties assigned on a regular basis.  Associates may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by their leader. Leadership has the right to alter or modify the duties of the position. 


  • Empowered to serve as a leader within level of authority.
  • Promotes/supports shared decision making by empowering associates through delegation of clear responsibility, authority, and holding them accountable.
  • Responsible for recruitment, selection, and retention of personnel.
  • Ensures compliance with Hospital State, Federal and accreditation regulations in reference to patient care and the physical environment.
  • Assists in communicating shared vision, mission, and values with department which motivates others to achieve strategic goals

<<Care Delivery System>>

  • Assumes responsibility for staffing and scheduling associates and appropriate utilization of personnel.
  • Develops, implements, monitors, and maintains accountability for budget in defined area of responsibility.·             
  • Responsible for outcomes i.e. nursing sensitive indicators, core measures, HCAPS, patient satisfaction, and associate satisfaction.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates action plans for continuous performance improvement. ·            
  • Provides a safe environment through the utilization of best practices for patient, family, and all other caregivers.

<<Professional Growth>>

  • Creates a learning environment that is open and respectful, and promotes and supports evidence based practice.
  • Ensures appropriate orientation, education, credentialing, and continued professional development of associates.
  •      <<Collaborative Practice>>
  • Monitors Associate performance; providing coaching, recognition, counseling and avenues for  improvement as needed.
  • Develops and maintains a professional relationship with members of the health care team, the patient and the patient’s family.
  • Responsible for ensuring a safe work environment that minimizes work related illness and injury. 

Job Requirements


General Requirements
  • Demonstrates knowledge and maintains and respects patient right to privacy by following the HIPAA Privacy and Security policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to ICARE values and standards of behavior (Innovation, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence).
  • Role model behaviors that value the diversity of our associates, patients and customers and supports creating an environment that is inclusive, welcoming and respectful.
  • Adheres to established best practices (i.e. Rounding, Thank You Notes, AIDET, etc.). 
  • Demonstrates commitment to safety by establishing an environment in which safety issues are promptly reported and appropriate actions are taken.
Work Experience
  • Minimum of one year nursing leadership experience
  • Minimum of two years clinical experience appropriate to specialty
  • Current clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to manage a nursing unit.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Current State of Michigan license as a Registered Nurse·
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Master’s degree in nursing preferred 
  • Professional certification appropriate to practice preferred
Specialized Knowledge and Skills
  • Interpersonal skills for effective communication.
  • Computer literate
  • Accountable for professional development and maintenance of competencies
  • Excellent attendance

 Sparrow Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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