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Director-Professional Practice and Development, Lake Forest, IL

Organization: Northwestern Medicine
Category: Director
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Date Job Posted: July 20, 2021
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Director-Professional Practice and Development, Full-Time, Days

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


The Director, Professional Practice and Development reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Director oversees leaders and staff including Managers for Professional Practice and Development, Simulation Program Manager, Nurse Researcher/Librarian, Patient Education program coordinator, Clinical Practice Specialists 1and 2, Professional Development Specialists and administrative coordinators. Additionally, this position has oversight for the conceptual model and the following programs:

  • Vizient Nurse Residency Program and PTAP accreditation
  • ANCC Magnet Recognition and other recognition programs
  • NDNQI Quality and Nurse Satisfaction
  • Clinical Staff/Patient Education/Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Competency Program
  • NM Ready/Transition into Practice
  • Leadership/Pathways Development
  • Nursing Annual Report/Nursing Now
  • Academic Partnerships/Summer Extern Program
  • Informatics Education
  • Research/EBP
  • Shared Governance
  • Nursing Peer review



  • Master’s degree in Nursing, Business Administration or Healthcare Administration (or in progress to obtain within three years of assuming this role)
  • Registered Nursing license issued by the State of Illinois
  • Board Certification in Nursing Administration from ANCC or AONE (as eligible after two years in management role) OR Board Certified as a Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) as eligible after five years director level experience.
  • Seven to ten years progressive management roles including management of capital and operational budgets


  • Doctoral degree

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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