Oregon Health & Science University

Nurse Manager, Radiation Oncology

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Radiation Oncology
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
HR Mission
Drug Testable
LinkedIn Job Code

Department Overview

The Nurse Manager (NM) is a Registered Nurse (RN) who is responsible for upholding excellence in the provision of nursing care through the implementation of the Profession Practice Model. The Nurse NM is responsible for operational, human resources, quality, and financial management of the assigned department (s). The NM works with the interdisciplinary team to translate and implement organizational and division priorities into the department’s operations.


The NM ensures a patient care environment that supports a safe, knowledgeable, compassionate, productive, and engaged staff. The NM partners with the interdisciplinary care team to ensure the delivery of safe, quality patient care and compliance with administrative, regulatory and clinical policies and procedures. The NM implements quality and safety initiatives, leads process improvement, ensures adherence to hospital and clinical standards of performance, and human resource management. The NM ensures adherence to regulatory standards, bargaining department agreements, hospital and clinical standards of performance, and human resource management. The NM creates and sustains a patient care environment that supports a safe, knowledgeable, compassionate, productive, and engaged staff.


The NM’s decisions and actions are based on the ethical principles outlined by the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nursing. The NM 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 for Nursing, the Oregon State Board of Nursing’s Nurse Practice Act, and within the context of the Nurse Executive Competencies developed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). The NM 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.

Function/Duties of Position

Hiring Bonus and Relocation Package Available


The Department of Radiation Medicine serves over 1,500 new patients per year from the OHSU Hospital and OHSU clinics, the Knight Cancer Institute, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the Portland Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Beaverton Knight Cancer Institute, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Community Cancer Center, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Hillsboro Medical Center and Bay Area Hospital. In addition to the patients cared for from these hospitals, the Department of Radiation Medicine also supports clinical off-site partnerships with seven clinical sites throughout the state. 


The Department offers three primary types of radiation therapy: external beam radiation, internal radiation (or brachytherapy), and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). Within external beam radiation, the Department offers multiple treatment options to treat various types of cancers. Presently, the department employs a variety of external beam radiation treatments, including 3D conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), TomoTherapy, total body irradiation (TBI), total skin electron beam therapy (TSEB), and tumor treating fields (TTF). While brachytherapy is the most frequently utilized form of internal radiation offered at OHSU, the Department also uses selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) and systemic radiation therapy. OHSU was the first center in the U.S to use the hybrid Geneva application brachytherapy and is the only center in Oregon with brachytherapy guided by MRI.


The Department is also proud to offer some of the most advanced technology for intraoperative radiation therapy, such as the Mobetron portable electron IORT device. The Department plans to build on its reputation of offering the most advanced treatment options in radiation medicine to the people of Oregon.


Strategic Planning:

  • Partners with others to develop a department strategic plan that aligns with the division strategic plan and nursing’s vision.
  •  Collaboratively formulates department objectives, goals and specific strategies related to initiatives.
  • Develops short and long-term goals that identify the target conditions.
  • Coordinates the implementation of interventions to meet department-level goals.
  • Communicates, implements, and evaluates the department strategic plan.

Operational Leadership

  • Partners with others to enhance healthcare and, ultimately patient care through interdisciplinary activities, such as education, consultation, management, technological development, or research opport departmenties.
  • Applies systems theory with an understanding that how parts of a system relate to the overall system.
  • Maintains knowledge of current professional practice and roles and functions of care team members (e.g. nursing and interdisciplinary)
  • Evaluates staff’s competency and intervenes to optimize performance and ensure safe, quality, effective and efficient patient care. 
  • Leads and practices patient/family advocacy and promotes patient-centered decisions and outcomes.
  • Maintains visibility and open communication with the staff and department leadership
  • Communicates plans and decisions to department staff and other stakeholders.
  • Asserts view in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Reflects on own method of decision-making and the role of beliefs, values and inferences to develop leadership and performance capacity.
  • Practices within shared-governance structures to distribute leadership and promote decision-making appropriate level within the governance structure
  • Celebrates successes and accomplishments.

Financial Management

  • Achieves financial targets: Manages productive, non-productive and premium pay to optimize performance goals.
  • Collaborates with a Professional Practice Leader to prioritize and allocate resources for department/division level education & practice priorities.
  • Develops innovative solutions and applies strategies to obtain appropriate resources for initiatives.
  • Promotes activities that inform others about cost, risks, and benefits of care, or of the plan and solution.
  • Responsible to build the business and clinical case for additional targeted resources associated with the strategic plan. 

Human Resources

  • Uses evidence-based leadership to promote desired behaviors
  • Develops a high-functioning workforce in collaboration with the department leadership
  • Recognizes and rewards exemplary professional practice
  • Mentors and coaches staff in an ongoing and progressive manner
  • Monitors and evaluates the application of practice standards
  • Collaborates with department leadership to facilitate behaviors that impact safety, quality, patient satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.
  • Collaborates with a PPL to identify individual practice issues, develops improvement strategies, and evaluates performance for all nursing staff on assigned departments.
  • Leads department efforts to recruit & retain highly qualified staff.
  • Develops department succession planning initiatives.

Performance Improvement

  • Develops the department/division quality plan in collaboration with the department’s formal and informal leaders.
  • Utilizes data to identify areas for improvement based on assessment and current states.
  • Monitors and uses data to determine patient care quality improvement objectives.
  • Evaluates the practice environment and designs and implements quality improvement strategies to ensure professional sensitive outcomes meets or exceeds established goals.
  • Engages staff in department initiatives.
  • Evaluates the impact/benefits of organizational, nursing, and department initiatives.
  • Identifies areas of risk and makes suggestions for reducing risk and improving outcomes.
  • Trends and investigates concerns and errors to understand the root cause of occurrences of errors or adverse events and success.
  • Communicates learning to disseminate best practices.
  • Supports workflow processes that builds a culture of safety. 
  • Uses current research findings and other evidence to expand clinical knowledge, enhance role performance, and increase knowledge of professional issues.


  • Evaluates practice in relation to the professional practice standards and existing evidence.
  • Promotes care team members’ translation of theory, scope & standards into practice to exercise autonomy and decision-making authority
  • Advances practice excellence by communicating a clear and consistent message about the the ownership of role and standards -based professional practice.
  • Engages in informal and formal processes of giving and seeking feedback regarding role performance from individuals, professional colleagues, representatives, administrators, and others.
  • Mentors and supports others to access resources for their professional development.

Required Qualifications



OHSU External Candidates: 

BSN or higher degree in nursing and Master’s degree in nursing or related field (e.g. MBA with Healthcare Administration concentration, Public Health)


OHSU Internal Candidates:

  • BSN and Master’s degree in nursing or related field (e.g. MBA with Healthcare Administration concentration, Public Health) or enrolled in nursing or related graduate program within 2 years and completion within 5 years
  • Master’s degree in nursing leadership


  • Five years of experience as a registered nurse in a related clinical area of practice and two years recent formal or informal management/leadership experience
  • Recent formal management experience in the 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-Nurse Executive/Administrator within 3 years of assuming the manager role
  • Unencumbered Oregon RN License
  • BLS for healthcare provided


  • Code of conduct
  • Respect in the workplace
  • Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole

Additional Details

*Bonus Disclaimer: Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Hillsboro Medical Center and current OHSU employees in the same role are not eligible for a hiring bonus.



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.


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