UnityPoint Health

Director of Surgical Services

Requisition ID
Leadership - Nursing
350 N Grandview Ave
2020 UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital
Surgery Administration
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Salaried Position. Days, Monday - Friday, for 80 hours per pay period.
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


We are looking for a full-time Director to work in our Surgical Services department. This is a salaried position. Work hours will be days, Monday - Friday, for 80 hours per pay period. You will be required to flex to other shifts to accomodate the needs of the departments. 


The Director Surgical Services is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the strategic plan for surgical services and nursing practice within the acute care hospital, consistent with the organization’s strategic and business plans. Operational oversight includes Surgery, Pre/Post Surgery (Babka), Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and Sterile Processing. The Director works with the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and patient care leadership team to create destination nursing departments for patients, families, staff, and providers. The Director provides leadership and positive promotion of the services continuum from pre-procedure to immediate post-procedure programming with linkage to acute and critical care services and post-discharge resources. The Director is responsible for the development, communication, and successful execution of established objectives (financial and clinical) within surgical services. 


Why UnityPoint Health?  

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members. 
  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve. 
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. 
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience. 
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. 


Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org/  




  • Provides leadership in the implementation of patient care delivery strategies.
  • Synthesizes and integrates divergent viewpoints for the good of the organization. Provides visionary thinking on issues that impact the organization.
  • Establishes mechanisms that provide for early identification and mentoring of staff with leadership potential.
  • Represents Finley Hospital on health-related topics and issues through community involvement.
  • Serves as a professional role model and mentor to future nursing leaders.
  • Serves as a change agent, assisting others in understanding the importance, necessity, impact, and process of change. Supports staff during times of difficult transitions.


  • Provides for two-way conversations between associates and leadership.
  • Builds trusting, collaborative relationships with staff, peers, physicians, and administration to advance the core inpatient business strategy.
  • Communicates a shared vision regarding the strategic goal of strengthening the core.
  • Engage staff in shared decision making by facilitating unit practice committees and similar shared governance committees.
  • Builds credibility with physicians as a champion for patient care, quality, and professional practice.
  • Collaborates with medical staff to implement evidence-based practice and process improvement
  • Builds partnerships that support and promote care coordination and case management strategies.

Business Responsibility

  • Develops annual and multiyear capital budget.
  • Develops annual operational budget to support strategic plan.
  • Executes the established plan through measurement, monitoring, and analysis of resource utilization and adjusting direction when needed.
  • Collaborates with the VP of Operations and the CNO to support program/practice changes to continually improve resource utilization.
  • Educates patient care team members on financial implications of patient care decisions.
  • Measures and analyzes performance from multiple perspectives (customer, staff, growth & development, fiscal, etc.).
  • Utilize hospital database management, decision support, and expert system programs to access information and analyze data from disparate sources for use in planning of patient care processes and systems.

Quality of Care

  • Ensures timely patient flow throughout the organization, monitoring the data and contributing to process modifications and changes when needed.
  • Designs safe clinical systems, processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Interprets information from evidence-based nursing literature and research. Use research findings for the establishment of standards, practices, and patient care models in the organization.
  • Leads the development of multidisciplinary rounds for the medical-surgical units.
  • Articulates the organization’s quality improvement program and goals. Sets target outcomes that are evidence-based.
  • Analyzes the root causes of variation from quality standards.


  • Ensures that written organizational clinical policies and procedures are reviewed and updated in accordance with evidence-based practice standards.
  • Ensures compliance with the state Nurse Practice Act, state Board of Nursing regulations, and regulatory agencies’ standards.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





·         Undergraduate nursing degree

·         Master’s degree in nursing, health administration, or business







·         Five to seven years of professional experience

·         Two to three years of leadership experience with evidence of successful change management


·         Active member in a professional organization






·         Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

·         Specialty certification






·         Knowledgeable about patient care and nursing practice across service lines and management principles and practices including performance management and performance improvement

·         Knowledge of Joint Commission, CMS, and state regulatory standards

·         Knowledge of the current healthcare environment and its impact on nursing practice






Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.




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