MD Anderson Cancer Center Nurse Manager - Head & Neck/Plastics Main OR Nursing (Day Shift) in Houston, Texas

Nurse Manager - Head & Neck/Plastics Main OR Nursing (Day Shift)

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Nursing at

Perioperative Services 177200

Requisition #: 114938

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation’s top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals.” MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention.

Perioperative Services strives to be the safest perioperative environment in the world, to have the highest quality of perioperative outcomes, and to demonstrate the core values in our vision. Partnered with Anesthesiology and Critical Care, the Division of Nursing and the Division of Surgery, this multidisciplinary team performs more than 15,000 surgical cases each year in more than 30 operating rooms spanning the Main Building and Mays Clinic.

The ideal candidate for the Nurse Manager position in the Head & Neck / Plastics Main OR Nursing will have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and five years of recent RN experience to include one year of supervisory experience in direct patient care activities. Previous experience in OR and/or ICU experience as a charge nurse preferred.

This position is day shift and alternating weekends on call.


Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates individualized nursing care; nursing care management and nursing personnel management for a designated area. Manages nursing administration in identification of purpose and goals of nursing service and nursing education. Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates nursing care. Coordinates staffing. Manages budget preparation toward provision of adequate personnel, supplies and equipment. Responsible for nursing care in assigned area. Counsels and evaluates nursing personnel for optimum performance. Develops and participates in orientation and in-service education programs for areas of specialization. Collaborates with faculty and assists respective area.

Key Functions

  1. Transformational Leadership : Nurse Manager must lead and develop others (co-workers, patients, families, significant others) to where they need to be in order to meet the demands of their future needs.

  2. Implements and monitors unit budget to respond in a cost effective manner to changing patient, staff and multidisciplinary team requirements and strengthen unit.

  3. Assists in preparation and delivery of unit staffing plans considering skill mix, staff and patient care requirements. Analyzes plans for compliance with established budget.

  4. Assures continuity of care as patients’ transition across the continuum through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services.

  5. Practice with autonomy within the scope of professional nursing.

  6. Structural Empowerment: Nurse Manager empowers staff to problem solve in order to meet organizational and unit goals and achieve desired outcomes.

o Helps manage human resource activities for all clinical and clerical staff including recruitment, retention, supervision, evaluation and productivity.

o Participates in identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining top talent through effective communication, performance management, career counseling, and conflict resolution.

o Participates as active member in shared governance model at unit and institutional level.

o Accountable for identifying barriers to patient care and solutions.

o Active in developing strong relationships and partnerships within and across the organization to improve patient outcomes.

  1. Exemplary Professional Practice : Nurse Manager has a comprehensive understanding of the role of professional nursing in the institution and motivates staff to perform at the highest level.

  2. Trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources.

  3. Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area.

  4. Effectively and consistently functions in related roles as required; i.e. charge nurse, clinical coach, preceptor, protocol manager.

  5. Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies.

  6. Assesses patient's needs for nursing care and other services.

  7. Collaborates with physicians, other services, patient and patient's family to plan care and evaluate outcomes.

  8. New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements : Nurse Manager encourages and supports the integration of innovation and research based findings into daily patient care practices.

  9. Actively participates in, assists and / or leads unit, divisional and/or institutional improvement projects. Communicates information to appropriate individuals.

  10. Promotes innovative solutions by encouraging innovation in others.

  11. Improves practice by integrating results and theories of research studies.

  12. Participates in /leads evidenced based practice projects.

  13. Participates in the redesign of care delivery for unit/center patient population.

  14. Empirical Quality Results: Nurse Manager promotes employees to seek solutions to problems inherent in our institution rather than creating work arounds.

  15. Assumes leadership role in managing the quality of services provided at the unit level, across the care delivery continuum and within the larger organization.

  16. Ensures integration of safety and quality standards into practice and delivery of team care.

  17. Recognizes and takes action to prevent at risk behavior i.e., non-adherence to policy, standards of care, practice.

  18. Trouble shoots process issues, equipment/supply conflicts, functioning & availability.

  19. Serves as a resource and coaches employees in troubleshooting problems/obstacles encountered.

  20. Collaborates with others in quality and performance improvement efforts.

And other duties as assigned


Required: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Nursing or related field.


Required: Five years of professional nursing experience, to include one year of supervisory experience in direct patient care activities.


Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN).

Preferred: Certification in oncology or specialty practice area.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.