Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Director of Nursing - Milford Cancer Center in Milford, Massachusetts

The Clinical Nurse Director is responsible for nursing practice and care within the medical oncology unit at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) at Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC). The clinical nurse director acts as a liaison between the various areas of patient care to ensure continuity. In collaboration with the Medical Director and Director of Operations, plans, organizes, and directs the operations and quality improvement program for the unit. This is accomplished by employing interdisciplinary teams to design, implement and monitor systems that will provide for the highest quality patient experience while maximizing provider time and space utilization. The Clinical Nurse Director oversees nursing personnel and provides direct patient care as needed. The Clinical Nurse Director is a critical thinker, who uses theoretical, evidence-based, and experiential knowledge to advance nursing practice, provide clinical nursing leadership and management, and promote professional growth for self and nursing staff. The Clinical Nurse Director demonstrates systems thinking, response to diversity, collaboration, clinical judgment, clinical inquiry, facilitation of learning and advocacy for patients and nursing staff. Serves as a mentor and resource for nursing colleagues at DF/BWCC, MRMC and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) as well as from external organizations. Nurtures leadership potential and promote the career development of others. The Mission, Vision and Core values of the DFCI and MRMC are incorporated into all areas of practices.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The DFCI Nursing Director is the leader of the clinical discipline of nursing with administrative, fiscal, and personnel accountability at the DFCI. The Nursing Director is responsible for creating and maintaining a therapeutic, healing, patient- and family- centered care environment. S/he participates in the development, refinement, communication and actualization of the Department of Nursing (DON) vision, professional practice model, and relationship-based care delivery system. As the clinical leader of the discipline, the Nursing Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining the standards of nursing care and practice. The Nursing Director establishes and maintains true collaborative relationships with nursing staff, all disciplines and departments necessary to foster optimal patient outcomes and a professional practice environment. S/he partners with inter-professional and intra-professional leadership to set mutual goals that advance teamwork, interdisciplinary learning, just culture and the environment of care. The Mission, Vision and Core values of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are incorporated into all areas of practices.


  • Current nursing licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Masters degree required. Either Baccalaureate or Master's degree in Nursing required.

  • Clinical experience will be evaluated on an individual basis by the DFCI Associate Chief Nurse.

  • Previous leadership experience with demonstrated management ability is required.

  • Current certification in specialty area or administration is highly preferred.

  • Hematology-Oncology experience required.


I. Scholarship

  • Creates an environment that supports and celebrates the professional growth of nursing

  • Actively supports the development of new nursing

  • Assures the use of and adherence to evidence-informed practice/standards for nursing

  • Assures the practice environment supports reflective practice, eg. through the use of narratives, and meets the needs of the relevant patient population.

  • Professional development – self

  • Participates in self-performance appraisal process in ongoing

  • Seeks feedback from his/her professional

  • Shares strengths and areas to be developed with DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services and other colleagues as

  • Maintains necessary clinical and managerial expertise through evidence-based

  • Participates in service- and department-wide developmental

  • Demonstrates commitment to life-long learning, g. through active participation in professional organizations.

  • Conducts timely assessments of staff learning needs and assure programs/projects are in place to address them, including collaboration with service-based clinical specialists and the Center for Clinical and Professional Development.

  • Facilitates opportunities for staff to precept and teach

II. Authentic Leadership

  • Serves as a clinical leader/coach/mentor to staff and colleagues

  • Promotes staff participation in annual goal setting for his/her patient care area[s], the department and Institute.

  • Serves as a leader within the community of nursing, in accordance with the standards of the discipline of nursing, including adherence to the ANA Code of Ethics.

  • Assures appropriate personnel to meet the needs of the designated patient oncology population.

  • Designs and implements staffing patterns responsive to a dynamic care environment.

  • Interviews, hires and oversees the orientation of new employees considering departmental, divisional, local and individual employee needs as basis of

  • Provided ongoing formal and informal feedback regarding performance to staff members.

  • Delegates authority and/or responsibility to others as appropriate while maintaining 24x7

  • Demonstrates consistent leadership in the maintenance of a fair and just

  • Assures staff participation in local-based decision making, DFCI Nursing committees and shared governance.

III. Meaningful Recognition

  • Provides formal and informal opportunities for staff to develop personal career goals and plans for their

  • Provides ongoing formal and informal feedback regarding professional development to staff

  • Encourages and recommends staff participation in unit-based decision making, DFCI Nursing committees and organizational

IV. Primary Nursing/Relationship Based Care

  • Creates an environment that celebrates the professional growth of nursing practice.

  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a caring, therapeutic, healing, patient- and family-centered care

  • Assures the presence of interventions to promote/assure a patient and family centered healing

  • Assures appropriate staffing plan to meet patient care needs on a continuous

  • Promotes an inclusive environment supportive of a patient- and family- centered care for a diverse community.

V. Outcome Focused Measures

  • Serves as a leader of the clinical discipline, committed to excellence in nursing care and positive patient outcomes

  • Accountable for contributions to planning, implementing and evaluating the DFCI Nursing Quality Plan, inclusive of nurse sensitive indicators and patient satisfaction

  • Actively participates in DFCI’s quality improvement programs, assuring clear articulation of the quality agenda by all staff in the DFCI Hospital.

  • Develops local-based quality agenda using performance improvement methodologies in collaboration with department and hospital-based quality leaders assuring an environment of continuous quality improvement, improved patient and systems’

  • Actively translates quality improvement findings into daily operations and strategic planning for the clinical

  • Communicates and translates outcomes to staff and interdisciplinary colleagues, assuring staff’s active participation in addressing quality improvement

  • Serves as a resource on clinical matters to assure an environment that promotes the desired patient outcomes

  • Assures all staff members are in compliance with regulatory [For example, required licensure, orientation, ongoing education and annual competencies and screenings for ongoing employment].

  • Provides leadership in developing quality-driven and cost-effective plans to deliver patient care, including participation in strategic planning as requested by the DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services.

  • Assures the accurate attainment and review of data (complexity, volume, acuity, etc) in relation to staffing

  • Develops and participates in creating systems to monitor the patient care environment, knowledgeable about and mindful of relevant regulatory compliance.

VI. True Collaboration

  • Contributes to nursing as a department/discipline.

  • Seeks and provides peer consultation and feedback.

  • Contributes to strategy, practice and policy decisions assuring all decisions made include perspectives of constituents to be represented.

  • Assures self and staff participation in DFCI Hospital and interdepartmental

  • Represents service/DON as requested on various hospital task forces/committees.

  • Demonstrates leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration, including participation in the development, implementation and evaluation of joint protocols for patient

  • Collaborates in department-wide recruitment and retention strategies and initiatives.

  • Collaborates with HR staff/leadership re: personnel management

  • Seeks resources/serves as a liaison for staff from within the larger nursing and hospital communities.

  • Manages patient flow ensuring collaboration with other patient care areas and/or Patient Access

  • Establishes and maintain open communication with contracted service managers, including managers of Support Services and other resources, as needed to assure clean and safe patient care

VII. Fiscal Responsiveness

  • Accountable to seek necessary information, including active engagement of staff, to establish trends necessary to determine appropriate personnel and supply

  • Manages to budget and articulates any short or long-term variances

  • Collaborates with DFCI VP of Adult Nursing and Clinical Services to be fiscally responsive, e.g managing volume and acuity to hours per workload index (HPWI).

  • Develops schedules/ staffing plans that meet patient care needs on a continuous basis.

  • Collaborates with nurse leaders and other departments to assure adequate supplies, operational, capital resources are available to staff caring for patients


  • Must have demonstrated clinical competence in nursing

  • Must possess analytical abilities necessary to organize, to supervise and to evaluate the work of others; to develop and to administer policies, procedures, budgets, and utilize current concepts of nursing

  • Must possess interpersonal skills sufficient to provide effective leadership to staff, and to interact with patients, visitors, physicians, other clinical disciplines and a variety of hospital

  • Must possess both management and leadership skills to be effective with multiple levels of


Responsible for the supervision of RN’s and clinic assistants. Reports to the DFCI Associate Chief Nurse.

PATIENT CONTACT: Yes, the age of the patients served range from Adult to Geriatric.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Job ID: 2018-11397

Grade: 68

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org