Assistant Director of Nursing – Medstar Washington Hospital Center – Inpatient Psychiatry

Requisition Number: 2019-3016

Type of Position: Full-Time

Location: Washington, DC


If you have a desire to work in an engaging environment with a team of professionals dedicated to the healing and recovery of behavioral health patients, Diamond Healthcare is the place for you!

It takes passion and dedication to meet the behavioral health needs of our community. You have an exciting opportunity to join Diamond Healthcare to be a part of an extraordinary team, committed to making a difference. Bring your compassion for others, expertise and emotional intelligence.

Our Registered Nurses promote and restore patients' health by completing the nursing process, collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary team members, providing physical and psychological support to patients and families and supervising assigned team members.


Inpatient Adult Behavioral Health & Psychiatry

Our inpatient psychiatric program provides a therapeutic environment through individualized treatment.  The treatment we provide is developed by a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, expressive therapists, discharge planners and CD counselors.

The Assistant Director of Nursing reports to the Senior Director of Nursing on the Inpatient Behavioral Health Units 2K and 2L and the Executive Director of the Inpatient Behavioral Health Services.  This person has accountability for managing resources, (human, material and financial) and to ensure quality, cost-effective delivery of services for the inpatient population. This person is recognized as a professional role model and promotes an environment that supports the goals, mission, vision, philosophy and values of the Division of Nursing and of Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC).


Essential Duties: 

  • Assumes clinical supervision for Units 2K, 2L, Emergency Department (MHTs - Psychiatry Observation Area) and Unit 2C (Behavioral Emergency Response Team MHTs). 
  • Consults, advises or informs Sr. Nursing Director and the rest of the nursing team, concerning clinical issues, unit needs and problems on the assigned shift.  Keeps Sr. Nursing Director informed of department activities during those shifts.
  • Establishes partnerships with MedStar leadership, in collaboration with medical staff, ensures a superior care experience and a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • Ensures policies, practices and procedures comply with administrative, legal and regulatory requirements of governmental and accrediting agencies.
  • Communicates and interprets policies and procedures to nursing staff and monitors staff practices and implementation.
  • Maintains a state of continuous regulatory readiness.
  • Evaluates the work performance of all nursing personnel against objectives; coaches, mentors and develops as needed.
  • Provides in-service education for personnel as needed.
  • Ensures delivery of compassionate quality care and nursing supervision as evidenced by adequate services and staff coverage on units.
  • Conducts unit and patient rounds to ensure delivery of patient care as indicated by Medstar Washington Hospital Center standards of Care.
  • Reviews each unit daily to monitor and ensure timely, effective responses to significant changes in condition, transfers, discharges, use of restraints, unexplained injuries, falls, behavioral episodes, medication errors, and environmental issues. Performs rounds to observe care and to interview staff, patients, families or other interested parties.
  • Collaborates with physicians, consultants, community agencies and institutions to improve the quality of services and to resolve identified problems.
  • Utilizes approaches and strategies that support and optimize patient care outcomes that are based on the interdisciplinary plan of care and absolutes of IMOC and Contemporary Primary Nursing.
  • Utilizes research data to implement clinical changes and the delivery of patient care.
  • Oversees nursing schedules to assure they meet patient needs and regulatory and budgetary standards.
  • Adheres to compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, nursing quality indicators/metrics and other regulatory requirements from the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), The Joint Commission and other agencies. 
  • Resolves patient grievances and complaints.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements/Qualifications

    Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s is strongly preferred.  At least 8 years of progressively more responsible job related experience, preferably in an Inpatient psychiatric setting; at least 3-5 years of management and/or leadership.  Must have a current District of Columbia RN license or be eligible for endorsement.  Certification in area of psychiatric nursing and/or certification in nursing administration by a nationally recognized nursing organization is desirable. 


    Hospital/Program Description

    Medstar Washington Hospital Center

    Is a not-for-profit, 912-bed academic medical center in the center of the nation’s capital.  Every day, hundreds of people in the region depend on us for their care.  It is the busiest and largest hospital in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area and serve as a referral center and the central hub for the region’s most advanced acute medical care.

    The inpatient unit has a capacity of 46 beds (24 on Unit 2K and 22 on Unit 2L). Our services are available to adults (18 years and older) for the treatment of all types of psychiatric, mental and emotional disorders, organic disorders with emotional components; the symptoms of which place the patient at imminent risk of harm to self or others.