The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Department Manager has responsibility for the administration, organization and professional management of the NICU. Specifically, the position is accountable for the ongoing evaluation of unit operations and quality outcomes; prepares and is accountable for the operational and capital budgets for all areas of responsibility; and ensures that all services meet the needs of physicians, patients, families, and ancillary departments and staff. This position serves as a liaison between Medical Staff and Administration and is accountable to the Country, State and Federal agencies as well as Joint Commission for maintaining compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and standards, and contributing quality patient outcomes while consistently maintaining the highest level of customer service.
AHMC ARMC has a CCS approved Community Level NICU. The responsibilities of the Community NICU nurse manager are clearly delineated in the California Children’s Services Manual of Procedures Provider Standards issued 1/1/99. These responsibilities include, at a minimum, personnel, fiscal and material management and coordination of the quality improvement program for the NICU.
The NICU Department Manager is responsible for managing the clinical nursing practice in the NICU; coordination and assessment of critical care educational development and clinical competency of the nursing staff and for ensuring continued neonatal critical care nursing competency through educational programs for both the newly hired and experienced nursing staff; consultation with staff on complex neonatal critical care nursing issues; oversight of comprehensive parent and/or primary caretaker education activities; and ensuring the implementation of a coordinated and effective discharge planning program.
In addition, this position has responsibility for operational oversight and direction of the following: