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This supervisory nursing leadership position is located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center (CC), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The position reports directly to the Service Chief for Neuroscience, Behavioral Health and Pediatrics and serves organizationally as the Nurse Manager for the inpatient unit and ambulatory clinic providing clinical research nursing services for participants in studies of alcoholism and other addictions conducted primarily by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center (CC), is the 240-bed research hospital and ambulatory care research facility in Bethesda, Maryland that supports the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health. It is the largest inpatient facility in the country devoted exclusively to clinical research, and provides a full range of services from ambulatory care to critical care and special procedures. The focus at the CC on early phase and first-in-human clinical trials and on the study of rare diseases makes it possible to rapidly translate scientific observations and laboratory discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease.


The CC leads the nation in implementing a specialty practice model for Clinical Research Nursing which defines the roles and contribution of nurses providing care to research participants. If you want to play a significant leadership role in implementing a specialty practice model for Clinical Research Nursing, then consider joining our leadership team!  Visit for more information.  


The ideal candidate will possess experience managing an inpatient and ambulatory care addictions program, including designing care delivery systems to meet the unique needs of addiction patients throughout the outpatient and inpatient continuum of treatment, determining resource requirements, supporting a research-intensive practice environment, and interacting beyond organizational boundaries to influence specialty practice development. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a health care related field.


If you are selected for this position your responsibilities will include:

·        Assessing, planning, directing, executing and evaluating a specialized program of nursing activities in administration, practice, education and research within the defined area, providing clinical research nursing care for patients and their families.

·        Overseeing a unit-based clinical management structure to assure continuity in clinical operations and research support.

·        Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing administration and nursing practice for both inpatient and ambulatory clinical areas. Identifying short term and long term program goals in conjunction with departmental objectives, organizational strategic plan and annual operating budget. Supporting the development of policies. Advising nursing executive leadership on clinical specialty issues and trends and implications for nursing unit operations.

·        Continuously managing program performance to assure all requirements and patient care needs are met. Managing critical patient care situations for assigned areas; collaborating and consulting with medical and interdisciplinary staff in problem solving. Monitoring and managing clinical quality, customer service and assuring research support and operational efficiency are within budgetary requirements.

·        Planning, executing, monitoring, and evaluating internal and external education activities and programs designed to educate and inform patient care staff. Providing guidance and counseling to staff for professional growth and career planning.

·        Supervising clinical, administrative and clerical staff, through subordinate clinical leaders, related to research protocols and specialty programs, ensuring competency completion related to program of care. Evaluating and summarizing annual performance. Selecting and hiring unit staff, including team leaders.

·        Collaborating regularly with institutes and branches to review and plan for protocols, evaluate progress of the research and discuss the impact on clinical operations to suggest operational changes as needed.

·        Actively participating in leadership and committee activities at the program and departmental level. Serving as an expert resource on addictions nursing and other health related issues; networking with CC and Institute colleagues to determine the need for organizational changes and improvements and formulating strategies to support these initiatives. Providing consultation and guidance in area of expertise.