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VP, Nursing Excellence

Job ID: 968179
Facility: ECU Health
Dept: Chief Nursing Office
Location: Greenville, NC
FT/PT: Full-Time
Shift: Not Applicable
Reg/Temp: Regular
Date Posted: Jan 4, 2024

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Job Description

ECU Health

About ECU Health Medical Center

ECU Health Medical Center, one of four academic medical centers in North Carolina, is the 974-bed flagship hospital for ECU Health and serves as the primary teaching hospital for The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. ECU Health Medical Center has achieved Magnet® designation twice and provides acute and intermediate care, rehabilitation and outpatient health services to a 29-county region that is home to more than 1.4 million people.

Position Summary

Translate strategies into actionable initiatives that enable achievement of results that align with established goals to achieve the vision of ECU Health Nursing to become the national model for nursing excellence, innovation, research and education in rural health and beyond. Lead initiatives to create and sustain workforce pipeline improvement and robust partnerships across the region with academic institutions. Works in partnership with management and nursing leaders in ensuring that plans, operations and patient care are aligned with the Mission, Vision and Values. Oversees nursing policies for the ECU Health System. Ensures that policies, procedures and practices are operationalized to support safe, reliable care and fosters a continuous learning culture. In collaboration with nursing executives, responsible for enterprise-wide efforts around developing, implementing and enhancing conceptual models which drive nursing professional practices at ECU Health including, but not limited to deployment and maintenance of a robust system-wide professional practice model and shared governance structure. Employs methods of change management to advance the organization by using tools, business processes, budget allocations and operational practices to significantly reshape ECU Health. Accountable for a positive organizational culture in conducting business, decision making and performance management to influence work attitudes and enhance job satisfaction. Provides leadership and expertise for any entities within the organization seeking ANCC Magnet or Pathway to Excellence designation. Stays current on quality and performance measures from emerging national and state requirements.


Scope: ECU Health is a mission-driven, 1,708 bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is comprised of more than 13,500 team members, nine hospitals. ECU Health Medical Center (ECUHMC) serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. ECU Health serves 29 counties in eastern North Carolina with a population of 1.4 million people. On an annual basis, it serves 45,000 inpatients and over 170,000 outpatients (including 117,000 ED visits), in addition to a surgical volume of 21,000. Total operating revenue for this system level role equates to approximately $2.5 Billion. In its role as an academic medical center, ECUHMC currently trains 2,500 students in a variety of fields including nursing and allied health.

Minimum Requirements

PhD or DNP Required
NC RN License Required
8 - 10 years' experience is required including 5 years of progressive leadership

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities required:
Demonstrated ability to manage, teach, make independent decisions and assume responsibility

Strong interpersonal communication skills, verbal and written

Ability to communicate and work effectively with all levels of staff

Working knowledge and experience with PC-based applications, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Futuristic approach to the development of programs/systems that support continuous quality improvement and Mission, Vision, and Values

Ability to function as a leader, team member and execute the desired outcomes

Must exhibit creative, positive problem-solving abilities

Ability to foster collaboration between multiple parties

Ability to plan, organize and effectively present ideas and concepts to groups

Ability to think conceptually and apply concepts in a practical application

Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information, and determines a course of action

Ability to consider diverse opinions and incorporate them into the decision-making process

Proven track record of implementing organization-wide projects.

Commitment to a high standard of customer service

Excellent budget and financial management skills

General Statement

It is the goal of ECU Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

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