Assistant Director-Emergency Dept. (Full-time)

Full Time Job Category: Nursing Shift Type:
Arkansas Heart Hospital Little Rock, AR

This professional staff person has 24-hour accountability for maintaining the day-to-day operations of his/her assigned department(s) with regard to knowledge and adherence to TJC, federal and state regulations. The Assistant Director Emergency Room provides support to the staff by managing, monitoring and evaluating the patient load and ensures that patient care is optimized through the proper allocation of nursing resources. As a member of the interdisciplinary care team, the Assistant Director works collaboratively with the other members to ensure safe and accurate delivery of care. In addition, the Assistant Director serves as the clinical expert for patient care in a cross-functional mode to comprehensively serve patient needs utilizing external resources necessary to provide high quality care. Assumes the leadership role in individual areas of expertise and for projects as assigned.  Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement and equipment maintenance.

Work Schedule

Position has 24 hour accountability for Department(s).  Flexible schedules to cover all shifts and weekends, as hospital needs demands.

Primary Duties

Managerial Tasks:

  1. Assists in the overall operation of the hospital through active participation in projects aimed at achieving the hospital’s mission and incorporates the values of the hospital in day-to-day activities.
  2. Assists in the selection of equipment, supplies and goods with goals of quality and cost efficiency.
  3. Communicates with staff and physicians on administrative issues and follows-up to bring closure to such issues.
  4. Assumes a leadership role in the maintenance of the patient-focused care delivery systems.
  5. Assists in the development and education of staff in collaboration with the Chief Clinical Officer and Clinical Educator
  6. Responds to issues of harassment and discrimination per company policy.
  7. Completes employee performance evaluations and skills competencies in a timely manner per company policy.
  8. Investigates work related issues and assists staff in problem solving and/or plans of action to promote patient safety and a healthy work environment.
  9. Responsible for generation and maintenance of daily staff assignments to coordinate unit operations.
  10. Responsible for communication of pertinent information to staff on daily basis.
  11. Assists the Chief Clinical Officer in facilitation of interview and selection of potential candidates, mentoring, and discipline according to Corrective Action policy and procedure.
  12. Supports a safe, quality environment for patients and staff.
  13. Operates within budgetary parameters.
  14. Responsible for appropriate staffing levels to accommodate patient acuity and volume.
  15. Plans, Develops and Provides annual competency reviews and performance evaluations of staff and assist in staff development collaboration with the Education department.
  16. Supports the multi-skilled worker environment (i.e. cross training).
  17. Assist staff in problem-solving and work issues.
  18. Responsible for hiring competent staff for the department.


  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program required, Baccalaureate degree, or higher, in health-care related field preferred.
  • Licensure/Certification: Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact required. Current BLS, ACLS required within 1 year of employment.  Certifications are to be renewed by recommended renewal date on certification documentation.
  • Experience: Minimum of three years extensive, adult intensive/critical care or ER experience required. Minimum of 1 year leadership experience preferred.