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Director of Nursing / Nurse Executive (Hospital)

Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is seeking qualified candidates for Director of Nursing / Hospital Nurse Executive at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia. 

 Plans, organizes, and directs all nursing activities in assigned facility. Responsible for the quality of nursing care delivered in hospitals, public health facilities, and community based programs. Directs subordinate supervisors and staff.

Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards:

  • Coordinates response to disaster and emergencies
  • Develops and manages the budget and makes cost effective decisions
  • Develops policies, sets standards and plans objectives for the nursing program in accordance with established policies
  • Develops staffing patterns
  • Evaluates nursing standards and nurse protocols for all nursing programs
  • Initiates and participates in the development of community wide policy to improve the health status of the stakeholder
  • Interprets policies and communicates changes in regulations and procedures
  • Makes long-range plans and regularly reviews activities, problems and functions of services being delivered
  • Organizes and plans a systematic and continuous quality/performance improvement program for the practice of nursing
  • Oversees the collection of data for statistical records
  • Plans and directs the work of nursing or other professional staff and assures an adequate level of nursing care
  • Provides staff development including orientation, in-service training, workshops and continuing education for all levels of nursing staff
  • Reviews state, federal, and other regulatory standards information in order to direct the quality improvement activities and achieve compliance



Applicants should pay particular attention to the instructions in the "Applying for this job" section listed at the bottom of this posting.  Failure to follow them as directed may prevent or delay consideration for this vacancy.

Job seekers are encouraged to apply without delay.  This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. 

Due to the high volume of applications/resumes received, DBHDD employees are unable to provide information on the status of your application by phone or email.  All qualified applicants will be considered but, will not necessarily receive an interview.  Only selected applicants will be contacted for follow up.  Applicants who are not selected will not be contacted.  


A current Georgia license to practice as a registered professional nurse AND Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university AND Four years of experience as registered professional nurse, including two years in an administrative or supervisory capacity OR Master's degree in nursing, nursing administration, public health or directly related area AND One year in an administrative or supervisory capacity OR Eight years of experience as a registered nurse, including two years in an environment related to the area of assignment and three years of supervisory experience


Preferred Qualifications

Postgraduate degree in Nursing OR with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, postgraduate degree could be in a related field such as Healthcare Administration or Business Administration. 

Five Years or more experience as a registered nurse with at least three years in the management of professional nursing staff. 

Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Demonstrated experience interpreting, communicating and complying with regulatory standards

Demonstrated experience developing and implementing policies in response to regulatory standards, patient care, patient safety and or other initiatives.  


In addition to a competitive salary (Min = $47,280.21 - Mid = $65,121.26 - Max = $82,962.30), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 18 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia.

More than a century ago, Thomasville was celebrated as one of the most fashionable places in the world to visit. During the Victorian era, many wealthy northern socialites and pleasure seekers traveled by rail to enjoy Thomasville as their grand winter resort. Attracted to the genteel life of south Georgia, many made Thomasville their winter home and built "grand winter cottages". Although this era quickly faded in the early 1900s, more than fifty of these grand historic homes still grace Thomasville's streets.

Thomasville, in southwest Georgia and on the Florida border, is home to both the second largest Farmer’s Market in the state and three Fortune 500 companies.

Applying for this job

Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: swsh_hr@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Director of Nursing / Nurse Executive (Hospital) If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.