Assistant Nurse Manager - Center for Surgical Optimization

Job Requisition #: JR60822

End Date: 1/24/2022

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Management/Executive, Nursing

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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ChristianaCare, a healthcare organization with 1100 beds between two Magnet® recognized hospitals (Christiana and Wilmington) and the only Level 1 Trauma service on the East Coast corridor between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Honored repeatedly as "One of America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report!

We are seeking an Assistant Nurse Manager to support the Nurse Manager in the overall administrative direction for the clinical practice of nursing and the delivery of high quality and efficient care for all patients and families associated with this patient care unit. Shares 24-hour responsibility and accountability for all aspect of daily operations with the Nurse Manager.


  • Step onto the leadership tract!
  • We offer competitive pay, robust healthcare benefits, 403b, tuition reimbursement and generous paid time off.
  • You will have an opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of people in our community.


In this role you will assist the Nurse Manager and support service delivery to the presurgical patient which includes surgical scheduling, preoperative evaluation, and optimization areas of service.

Functions as a highly visible role model, demonstrating quality expertise and professional behaviors which support professional development of staff and the strategic goals of ChristianaCare.

Identifies and develops strategies to improve the overall knowledge base and professionalism of staff.

Performs routine rounds with caregivers within the department to establish visibility, partnership, and monitoring of practice.

Participates in staffing as a caregiver based on needs of the clinical area and patient volume.

Analyzes administrative and operational functions; implements appropriate changes and improvements.

Develops, implements, and monitors performance improvement and patient safety initiatives.

Assures cost-effective utilization of resources, caregivers, supplies, and equipment.

Coordinates daily assignments according to patient volume and caregiver skillset and reassigns caregivers as needed

Supports and facilitates a culture of nursing professional governance and while mentoring unit committee/council chairs.

Directs, mentors, and supports all level of staff.

Participates in hiring, promotion, salary adjustment, and termination decisions.

Identifies potential future leaders and engages in succession planning.

Facilitates cooperative and collaborative relationships among other ChristianaCare departments, inpatient care areas, physicians, and others as needed.

Participates in preparation of annual capital and operating budget. Supports the department leadership team in organizing and prioritizing capital needs.

Assists in the analysis of monthly expenditures and develops plans to offset variances in partnership with manager.

Identifies new program and service opportunities for the department.

Acts as a liaison with other hospital departments to enhance program development and improve clinical excellence.

Develops and maintains methods to ensure patient, employee and physician satisfaction.

Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices. Reports to the appropriate personnel, in a timely fashion, any unsafe activities, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employee, patients, and visitors.

Performs other related duties as required.


  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Completed Bachelor's degree in Nursing.
  • Master's Degree in a nursing, healthcare or business management field required or currently enrolled to be acquired within 5 years of promotion into position.
  • If no BSN, Master's degree in nursing is required.
  • 5 years appropriate clinical and leadership experience in area or specialty
  • BLS Certification
  • Professional certification in a related nursing specialty required
  • Current nursing licensure in the State of Delaware or compact state

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

Why do WE offer careers full of possibilities?

For the Love of Health.

Inclusion & Diversity

At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

Our Values

We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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