Oregon Health & Science University

Specialty Practice Leader, Pediatric Critical Care

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Doernbecher Nursing Administration
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Typically Monday-Friday, but varies to meet operational need
Typically 8:00am - 5:00pm, but can vary to meet operational need
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview



Function/Duties of Position

Hiring Bonus and Relocation Package Available

Are you ready for that next level in your nursing career? In this role you will work alongside the pediatric Nurse Managers and Assistant Nurse Managers in supporting education, practice assessment, review, monitoring, compliance and training/onboarding activities for our pediatric critical care staff. If this is where you thrive, then this is where you need to be.


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 and populations, nurses and 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.


The SPLs decisions and actions are based on ethical principles as outlined by the American Nurses Association. The SPL practices in adherence with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice for Nurse Administrators, the ANA Code of Ethics, the Oregon State Board of Nursing’s Practice Act, and within the context of the Nurse Executive Competencies developed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). The SPL exemplifies the principles of the OHSU Culture of Safety Position Statement by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, a Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.

Required Qualifications



  • BSN required
  • Master’s degree in nursing or related field, or in process also required.

Three years of experience as a registered nurse in a related clinical area of practice.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Experience in complex organization environments.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple conflicting priorities.
  • Proficient with word processing, computational spreadsheet (e.g., Excel), and presentation software.

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses:

  • Professional certification in nursing leadership or specialty practice area within 3 years of assuming position.
  • Unencumbered Oregon RN License
  • BLS at time of hire and must be issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network branch of AHA (upload documentation with online application)

Preferred Qualifications

Recent formal management experience in the related clinical area of practice

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses:
Current Professional certification in nursing leadership-Nurse Executive/Administrator or Professional Development or specialty practice area.

Additional Details

*Bonus Disclaimer: current OHSU, Adventist and Hillsboro Medical Center employees are not eligible

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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