VHC Health

ID 2022-9285
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Assistant Patient Care Director, Total Joint


The Assistant Patient Care Director is responsible for direction of the nursing unit (s) in coordination with the patient care director in concert with the goals of that unit according to the philosophy of the Division of Patient care Services. The responsibility includes unit administration, direct nursing care and coordinating activities with ancillary departments. The assistant patient care director reports to the patient care director. An advanced competency level, knowledge of the nursing process, and consistently meeting or exceeding all criteria of the staff nurse performance appraisal tool is expected of assistant nurse manager.


The Total Joint unit, also known as 5a, is a 21 bed unit that provides preoperative and postoperative care to patients age 15 and up. Our population consist of Total Joint patients who have had their hip or knee replaced, orthopedics patients, which includes those with traumatic injuries, general surgery patients such a laparoscopic appendectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, etc.), and a variety of medical patients. We also provide care to patients who are considered class 2 telemetry patients. Our unit is unique, as we work very closely with physical therapy in the care of our joint patients, to ensure early mobilization of patients, which leads to our patients experiencing a sooner recovery and discharge to home.  We also have a very collaborative relationship with the physicians, which enhances the patient’s experience. Most of our patients utilize our outpatient pharmacy, and have their medication delivered to the bedside, and education provided for by a pharmacist. This process aids in patient being compliant in getting their prescribed medications, and potentially being more compliant in using them, due to the ease in getting them delivered during discharge. 


Come join a hospital dedicated to you and your career!


VHC Health is a 453-bed not-for-profit nationally recognized Hospital and teaching facility that has been delivering high quality care to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for over 75 years. VHC health is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network (a national network of independent healthcare organizations), a designated Level II Trauma Center and a recognized Magnet Facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We are proud to announce that the Leapfrog Group has awarded the hospital with an 'A' grade in Hospital Safety for the 19th year in a row, achieved an Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for the 10th year in a row and has ranked Number 2 in “Best Hospitals” in the Washington, DC area by U.S. News and World Report's 2021-2022 rankings. At VHC Health, we are always striving to provide continued excellence and growth for our employees as well as top notch care for our patients.


  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the Virginia Department of Health Professions Required
  • Compact State Licensure in Nursing Required
  • Certification in Area of Clinical Specialty Preferred
  • American Heart Association BLS certifications required


  • Maintain and promote affiliation with professional and schools of nursing by providing preceptors, education, participating in educational conferences, and mentoring. 
  • Collaborates to conduct in-services
  • Develops, monitors, evaluates, and documents Continuous Quality Improvement activities in accordance with hospital, state, and The Joint Commission standards. Implements change according to results in coordination with appropriate leadership. 
  • Identifies potential process improvement deficiencies and actively participates in resolution through communication and education of staff. 
  • Assures quality of care and services by adhering to industry standards and measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and benchmarks established by the organization. 
  • Consistently reviews patient survey results to identify feedback, sustain a high performance environment, and lead targeted improvements to deliver exceptional patient experiences. 


  • Paid Major Holidays
  • Generous Paid Time Off / Vacation
  • Sick Time
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Health Fitness & Education Class Discounts
  • Employee Wellness Benefits
  • Hospital Discount for Employees and Family
  • VHC Retirement Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Free onsite parking
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Career Coaching
  • Family Leave
  • 401(k) + Match
  • and much more!

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