Mt Gretna, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 84114

Director Psychiatric Inpatient Services - Registered Nurse

Suzanne Wolf
Suzanne Wolf
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May 18 In-Person Hiring Events
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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May 25 In-Person Hiring Events
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Various Locations and Dates

Full time (80 hours biweekly)

Weekdays, daytime hours with flexibility


Lead a team committed to Promoting Hope, Healing and Wholeness by:

  • Transforming the way Behavioral Health is delivered in the United States
  • Finding a Better Way
  • Working Together As ONE
  • Building a Synergetic Team Supporting Educational Achievements for Professional Growth
  • Creating a Safe and Inclusive Work Environment to Make Every Person Feel Welcomed, Respected and Valued


Job Description:

The Director Inpatient Services is responsible to direct the operations of inpatient services in accordance with The Joint Commission standards and regulatory agencies, maintaining high quality and compliance with standards of nursing care. Provides administration and leadership for all inpatient programming. Focuses resources to be fiscally responsible, strategic, and supportive of the overall Mission of WellSpan Philhaven.


Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Represents WellSpan Philhaven at regional focus groups regarding inpatient services as directed.
  2. Develops and recommends implementation plans to meet strategies for inpatient programs in response to market data and trends.
  3. Participates in the broader WellSpan Philhaven organization strategic planning process as requested.
  4. Maintains a team approach with the Clinical Directors, Nurse Managers, charge nurses and Psychiatrists to develop a high functioning leadership team on each inpatient unit.
  5. Provides direction for staffing levels. Works with the scheduling coordinator to maintain staffing levels that support high quality care and the ability to admit to all units on all shifts.
  6. Provides for training and education of staff to support the ability to admit and manage patients with complex symptoms and acute episodes of illness.
  7. Develops processes to maintain a culture of safety and a safe environment.
  8. Serves as primary support for the Access Center regarding difficult admission requests. Provides direction to Access Center staff regarding requests for admission for acutely challenging cases. Works with the Clinical Directors to provide individualized clinical supports specific to the patients’ needs.
  9. Consistently manages the units to support non-traditional approaches to accommodating additional patients. Takes action when needed to restructure patient rooms and staffing as required to support serving additional admissions.
  10. Conducts annual performance evaluations on Clinical Directors and RN Shift Managers, and other nursing care givers as assigned. Responsible for recommending corrective action plans and formal disciplinary action as appropriate.
  11. Consults with Clinical Directors and staffing coordinators to understand the staffing and hiring needs to support the needs of the unit.
  12. Collaborates with the Nurse Managers and Clinical Directors in the hiring process. Responsible for initiating requests for approval of new and replacement positions.
  13. Develops process to support unit specific orientation and training for all new staff.
  14. Assesses ongoing education and training needs of the unit staff and works with the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Professional Development to develop training and education required to support the needs of the program.
  15. Develops a culture of the program staff that is positive and supports the broader organization’s strategic priorities. Conducts exit interviews of terminating staff as deemed appropriate.
  16. Works with the Chief Financial Officer to develop a budget for each inpatient unit.
  17. Develops processes to monitor the daily operational performance of each unit to achieve budgeted financial targets.
  18. Works with the Clinical Directors and Nurse Managers to allocate resources that achieve budgeted financial targets while maintaining high quality of care.
  19. Provides presentations in the community to educate and promote WellSpan Philhaven and support the community.
  20. Serves on community boards and task forces as requested by the CEO.





  • Minimum Experience:
    • Seven years of work experience in behavioral healthcare management
    • Track record of success in managing discharges of complex patients
    • Preferred experience in inpatient operations; two years of management experience
  • Minimum Education:
    • Bachelor’s Degree with current Pennsylvania Registered Nurse licensure
  • Minimum Field Of Expertise:
    • Nursing
  • Preferred Experience:
    • Master’s Degree in Nursing or Health Care Administration
  • Skills:
    • Excellent human relations and oral/written communication skills; effective leadership skills; problem analysis, conceptual and strategic skills, and creativity; management skills; organization and planning skills; competency in continuous quality improvement necessary to design, implement, monitor and standardize performance improvement and process redesign initiatives in the program
    • Knowledge of child, adolescent and/or adult therapeutic modalities, sound judgment and good decision-making skills necessary to develop staff training program.

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