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BJC HealthCare

System Director, Professional Practice/Clinical Education




Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

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System Director, Professional Practice/Clinical Education


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BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri regions. With net revenues of $5.5 billion and more than 30,000 employees, BJC serves patients and their families in urban, suburban and rural communities through its 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

BJC is the largest provider of charity care, unreimbursed care and community benefits in the state of Missouri. BJC and its hospitals and health service organizations provide $785.9 million annually in community benefit. That includes $410.6 million in charity care and other financial assistance to patients to ensure medical care regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, BJC provides additional community benefits through commitments to research, emergency preparedness, regional health care safety net services, health literacy, community outreach and community health programs and regional economic development.

BJC’s patients have access to the latest advances in medical science and technology through a formal affiliation between Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital with the renowned Washington University School of Medicine, which consistently ranks among the top medical schools in the country.

Preferred Qualifications

Role Purpose

The System Director promotes the professional practice and clinical education of nursing and non-RN clinical staff across BJC. Collaborates with system and HSO leaders to align standards and expectations around clinical practice planning, education, implementation and alignment with physician and other partners. Develops and implements goals and objectives for general and targeted educational, development and practice initiatives align with relevant evidence, research, best practice and regulatory/accreditation/certification requirements. Provides direction to HSO program leaders in the area of clinical education, professional practice, practice excellence (Magnet), professional development programs and other related initiatives. Evaluates and recommends improvement of professional practice systems (standards, policies, procedures, documentation, staff orientation, training, e-learning, and skills/competency testing) to enhance patient care delivery. Provides direction through matrixed reporting with HSO leaders for operational aspects of nursing education and professional practice activities. Assesses HSO management of professional practice and clinical education programs and establishes goals and expectations for continuous learning and improvement based on BJCs culture and values.


Manages individual(s) including but not limited to: onboarding and hiring, training, workload management & performance evaluations, conducting professional development plans as needed. Ensures that the productivity and actions of that group meet/support the overall operational goals of the department as established by department leadership.Develops and adheres to departmental staffing, revenue and/or expense budgets. Responds to changes in the business which may affect the ability to achieve the budget goals.Provides direction and HSO oversight in development of clinical rotations for students, onboarding new graduate RNs and others clinical roles, new nursing orientation, continuing education, competencies and other targeted educational initiatives, such as training for clinical programs (Service Lines) to support safe, high quality, customer-centric care.Provides direction and oversees development, implementation, and evaluation of professional practice and professional development programs across the System. Facilitates integration of professional development into nursing competencies to hardwire culture of excellence and enhance customer experience. Oversees alignment and integration where possible of nursing excellence programs (e.g., Magnet).Leads, with HSO co-chairs, the Professional Development Program to design and implement career ladders and professional pathways for nurses and other non-RN clinical professionals. Leads and/or participates in committees related to education and evidence-based practice to advance quality of care in alignment with organization strategic plan. Collaborates with Academic Partners and coordinates undergraduate and graduate student nurse clinical rotations.Provides direction into the design of measurements and tools to evaluate educational initiatives and impact on clinical outcomes and staff experience. Maintains knowledge of nursing/clinical trends and educational techniques and program evaluation methods consistent with ANPD Scope and Standards. Establish opportunities to acquire input and assess educational needs from stakeholders across areas supported by Nursing Education Department. (e.g., Shared Governance Committees, System Collaborative Practice Council, Quality Council, CNOC and other, Leadership Councils).Applies industry expertise and to drive financial and operational performance within the organization. Responds to changes in the business which may affect the ability to achieve the budget goals.

Minimum Requirements


Master's DegreeMaster's Degree


10+ years

Supervisor Experience

5-10 years

Licenses & Certifications


Preferred Requirements


Benefits and Legal Statement

BJC Total Rewards

At BJC we’re committed to providing you and your family with benefits and resources to help you manage your physical, emotional, social and financial well-being.

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vison, life insurance, and legal services available first day of the month after hire date
  • Disability insurance* paid for by BJC
  • Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan funded by BJC
  • 401(k) plan with BJC match
  • Tuition Assistance available on first day
  • BJC Institute for Learning and Development
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time Off benefit combines vacation, sick days, holidays and personal time
  • Adoption assistance

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The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Equal Opportunity Employer