Director of Nursing (Adolescent/Specialty Populations)

$81,530 - $125,501 yearly
  • Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH)
  • 309 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605
  • Oct 26, 2023
Full time Director of Nursing (DON/DNS)

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The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH), a state-of-the-art facility under the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), is actively seeking a dynamic and visionary Director of Nursing (DON) for our Adolescent Continuing Care Units (ACCU). This role specializes in Adolescent/Specialty Populations and performs a pivotal role in shaping the nursing practice, education, and professional development within this critical department. Your leadership will drive the implementation of evidence-based practices, ensuring strict compliance with DMH, Joint Commission, and CMS standards. Emphasizing a Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Recovery-Oriented approach, you will lead efforts to minimize the use of seclusion and restraint.

Working in collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), you will lead recruitment efforts, ensuring optimal staffing levels are maintained. Additionally, your expertise will be instrumental in addressing workforce development and labor-related challenges, interfacing with EOHHS human resources to uphold the principles of Bargaining Unit contracts. In moments of acute patient care events, your guidance will provide the necessary support and debriefing required for staff members.

"Salary may be adjusted above the range for qualified applicants"

Please note (requirements): This position requires the selected candidate to be a Registered Nurse (RN) licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Oversee the administration and management of the Adolescent/Specialty nursing practice, setting and monitoring professional standards.
  • Supervise and evaluate nursing staff, ensuring professional implementation of nursing practice at all levels.
  • Collaborate with department heads, coordinating efforts with DMH Adolescent Services and DESI/DYS/DCF.
  • Coordinate with key committees and medical management structures, including pharmacy & therapeutics, medical records, infection control, QMPCA, EOC, and other required hospital committees.
  • Manage staff to ensure patient safety and direct overtime effectively.
  • Lead recruitment efforts for nursing in conjunction with CNO, maintaining adequate staffing levels.
  • Address workforce development and labor-related issues in collaboration with the CNO, interfacing with EOHHS human resources for fair application of Bargaining Unit contracts.
  • Provide oversight of acute patient care events, facilitating staff debriefing.
  • Develop and recommend policies to ensure nursing practice meets Joint Commission, CMS, and DMH standards.
  • Foster a Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Recovery-Oriented approach in care delivery, minimizing the use of seclusion and restraint.
  • Implement evidence-based practices and maintain compliance with DMH, Joint Commission, and CMS standards.
  • Partner with the CNO in protocol development, including hiring and conducting comprehensive performance evaluations for the Nursing Department.
  • Contribute to staff development through engagement in ongoing educational initiatives and professional growth opportunities.


Job Requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Nursing or a related field demonstrates a high level of expertise and knowledge in nursing leadership.
  • Extensive experience in clinical nursing practice, particularly in specialized areas such as Adolescent/Specialty Populations and psychiatric settings.
  • Ability to organize, manage and supervise others in the provision of quality patient care across several psychiatric patient care units.
  • Proven track record of successful leadership in a healthcare setting, including overseeing nursing practice, education, and professional development.
  • In-depth understanding of Joint Commission, CMS standards, and a demonstrated ability to ensure compliance within a healthcare environment.
  • Strong commitment to promoting a Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Recovery-Oriented approach in care delivery.
  • Experience in policy development and implementation to meet and exceed industry standards, especially those set forth by the Joint Commission, CMS, and DMH.
  • Proven ability to lead recruitment efforts and effectively address staffing and labor-related issues, including knowledge of Bargaining Unit contracts.
  • Capacity to handle sensitive situations and resolving conflicts, particularly in high-pressure healthcare environments.
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Teams, and Outlook.
  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

About Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH):
Located on over 20 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient, and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations.

WRCH provides inpatient services to 290 adults and 30 adolescents, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service program for 10 patients.

Learn more about WRCH:

DMH Mission Statement:

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.


Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form

For questions, please contact Sharon Henrickson, Human Resources, at 508-368-3407

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the (A) required experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the (A) required experience.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: License requirement: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.


COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title : Program Manager Specialist VI
Primary Location : United States-Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street
Job : Medical Services
Agency : Department of Mental Health
Schedule : Full-time
Shift : Day
Job Posting : Oct 18, 2023, 12:59:26 PM
Number of Openings : 1
Salary : 81,529.95 - 125,501.44 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator : William Herbert - 6173488473
Bargaining Unit : M99-Managers (EXE)
Confidential : Yes
Hybrid Work Eligible : No