Oregon Health & Science University

Specialty Practice Leader

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Digestive Health Center-Dept of Surgery
Salary Range
$95,841 - $139,022 commensurate with qualifications, experience, and equity
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Digestive Health Center (DHC) is a high volume multi-disciplinary center offering services in the ambulatory setting for specialty surgical services, gastroenterology, hepatology, bariatrics and nutrition.
The ambulatory practice is supported by a clinical care model of 19 care coordinator registered nurses (RNs). The Specialty Practice Leader will support this strong RN centered clinical team, working within a dyad management team, including a Medical Director and Practice Manger.

Function/Duties of Position

The Specialty Practice Leader (SPL) is a Professional Practice Leader (PPL) who is the identified clinical role model and content expert for a program or defined area of nursing practice. They provide leadership in the integration of new knowledge and innovation within a specialty area(s) and they facilitate excellence in the provision of nursing care through the implementation of evidence-based standards of care and the Professional Practice model.

The SPL demonstrates a strong knowledge base in specialty practices and systems theory and they utilize their specialized knowledge and skill to positively influence outcomes within the following spheres: individual patients, populations, nurses, other multidisciplinary team members, and the organization/system.

They lead programs and initiatives that are congruent with OHSU and Patient Care Services strategic plan and they contribute to the advancement of nursing practice at the unit/system, regional and national levels.

The SPL partners with the Assistant Nurse Managers, Managers, Professional Practice Leaders and the interdisciplinary care team to ensure the delivery of safe, quality patient care and compliance with administrative and clinical policies and procedures. They adhere to regulatory standards, bargaining unit agreements, hospital and clinical standards of performance, and human resource management. The SPL implements quality and safety initiatives, engages in process improvement and conducts patient care consultation while role modeling transformational leadership behaviors. The SPL ensures a patient care environment that supports a safe, knowledgeable, compassionate, productive, and engaged staff.

Specific duties include:

• Mentor and coach nurses to self-reflect on their practice and self-direct their ongoing professional development
• Partner with clinic management to develop, implement and oversee a preceptor program
• Implement quality and safety initiatives
• Evaluate staff competency and intervene to optimize performance and ensure safe, quality, effective and efficient patient care
• Engage in process improvement among clinical teams

Required Qualifications

  • External applicants:
  • Master's of Science in Nursing or
  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) and in the process of receiving a Master's of Science in Nursing.
    Internal applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing (Bachelor's degree preferred) 

Preferred Qualifications

3 years of experience as a RN in GI Medicine or Surgery
Experience in Ambulatory / Clinical Setting
Recent management experience in a clinical setting

MSN in nursing or related field or in the process of obtaining

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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