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Job Posting Number:
Job Title:
Director, Professional Practice
Job Category:
Clinical Nursing
Job Type:
Permanent Full Time
Open Positions:
City, Province, Country:
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted:
September 21, 2021
Available Shifts:
Day Shift Monday through Friday
Closing Date:
October 29, 2021
Non Union

As part of the Cornwall Community Hospital you uphold the mission, vision and ICARE values in order to create a safe environment for patients/clients, families, staff, physicians and volunteers, recognizing 'Patient Safety' and our hospital's 'Senior Friendly Strategies' as a top priority in creating a culture of safety and 'The Workplace of Choice'. Cornwall Hospital is committed to providing an accessible work environment. Accommodation are available upon request for candidates taking part in the recruitment/selection process.

Summary of responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice-President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer, the Director, Professional Practice will serve as a senior member of the leadership team and provide strategic leadership and advice on professional practice issues in the clinical, education, and quality domains, as identified by Clinical Directors, Clinical Managers, and Clinical Nurse Educators. The Director, Professional Practice will also establish, foster and maintain a corporate collaborative practice environment by providing professional leadership, structures, and processes for the advancement of professional practice. A key function of the Director, Professional Practice will be to lead the Professional Practice Model management throughout the organization. The Director will also manage and provide leadership to the Clinical Nurse Educators to ensure that clinical core competencies, knowledge and skills are attained and reflective of the most current evidence-based person-centered care. The Director, Professional Practice will also be accountable for understanding, analyzing and developing strategies for resolution of the clinical practice issues associated with nursing at the hospital. In Collaboration with the Vice-President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer, the Director, Professional Practice will assist in policy and standard development to ensure nurses work safely and to full scope according to the standards and guidelines of the College of Nurses of Ontario, evidence-based best practices, and the principles established to guide care delivery at CCH.

General Accountabilities:
• Develops structures and processes which integrate evidence-informed nursing practice in policies, procedures, practice guidelines, standards and nursing performance management.
• Leads the development, management, and maintenance of the CCH Professional Practice Model and components within.
• Provides leadership in the growth and development of a culture of continuous professional and interprofessional development.
• Provides direction and oversight for the coordination and delivery of corporate Nursing Orientation for new nurses and nurses returning from leaves of absence.
• Initiates and participates in knowledge translation activities to ensure that goals, objectives, policies and procedures are integrated and understood by all stakeholders, including nurses, allied health professionals, physicians, and others.
• Engages in ongoing evaluation of the goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the hospital to ensure they continue to meet the strategic direction and professional practice standards of the organization.
• Works with other disciplines and departments to advise on practice issues related to best practice guidelines and regulatory requirements (i.e. narcotic administration, medication administration for physicians and RT’s).
• Works in an advisory capacity to Human Resources for the development of special projects (development of a sustainable learning management system, hospital orientation, corporate education).
• Collaborates with the Quality Improvement & Risk Management department along with the Patient Relations Specialist to improve the quality of patient care and support quality improvement activities.
• Collaborates with the Clinical Informatics team in management of documentation standards and clinical workflows related to practice and the electronic patient record.
• Participates in quality initiatives related to improving the patient experience.
• Participates in the short- and long-term planning of the CCH strategic direction plan.

Requirements of the job

• Master’s Degree in Nursing or a healthcare related stream required
• Holds current Certificate of Competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario
• Progressive leadership experience of at least 5 years in nursing management positions within an acute care environment with professional practice, quality improvement or patient safety experience required
• Proven experience creating & managing organizational projects & initiatives
• Extensive knowledge of the diverse patient populations that experience the various forms of treatment and care
• Ability to critically appraise safety, quality improvement, ethical and clinical issues
• Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
• Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically and persuasively to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various internal, and external stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to manage numerous and diverse activities, organizing and prioritizing appropriately to meet demands and expectations
• Demonstrated ability to analyze, problem solve and make recommendations for change and implement and evaluate
• Knowledge & experience in implementing & sustaining Professional Practice Models and Frameworks
• Knowledge & experience employing adult learning principles
• Proven Ability to lead organizational change efforts
• Proven Ability to organize, coordinate and prioritize own work and that of others
• Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated commitment to collaborative practice and lifelong learning
• Demonstrated commitment to patient safety and continuous improvement
• Knowledge of collective agreements and experience working in a unionized environment
• Knowledge of the Professional Standards of the College of Nurses of Ontario, Public Hospital’s Act, and Regulated Health Disciplines Act


• Functional proficiency in oral French
• Certified Health Executive (CHE)