Sinai Health System – Nursing Unit Administrator

Nursing Unit Administrator, Critical Care (Intensive Care Unit)

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  • Requisition 3266
  • Job Type Full time
  • Vacancies 1
  • Department Critical Care – ICU/CCU
  • Employee Group Non-union
  • Hours (Subject to change) 37.5 Hours per week; additional hours may be required. 
  • Salary To be determined
  • Open Date May 7, 2020
  • Posting Deadline June 6, 2020 

Note: Current employees may apply online at or submit a current resume with a “Job Application Form” to Human Resources either in person at 522 University Avenue (12th Floor) or via the Human Resources Drop Box at 600 University Avenue, located outside Room 301. All applications must be submitted by no later than 4:00 p.m. of the posting deadline date.

In 2015, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Circle of Care, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital, came together to form Sinai Health System – and leverage our collective expertise and create a system that better responds to the changing needs of our patients, families and clients. Sinai Health has a bold vision and strategy for the future: Canada’s leading integrated health system, pushing the boundaries to realize the best health and care from healthy beginnings to healthy aging, for people with complex health needs.

A key enabler of this vision is Sinai Health’s People Plan – which provides an explicit commitment to our people about our commitment to creating a workplace culture and environment that is safe, caring, equitable, compassionate and accountable in order to ultimately provide optimal care to patients and their family caregivers.

To support us on our journey, Sinai Health System is looking for a Nursing Unit Administrator for the Critical Care – ICU.  The role is primarily located at our Mount Sinai Hospital campus.

Position Summary

The Nursing Unit Administrator will be responsible for managing our Critical Care Units; Intensive Care and Coronary Care.  The Intensive Care Unit is currently a 16 bed, Level 3/2 Medical-Surgical ICU which provides care for patients at Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, as well it serves as a major tertiary referral centre for CritiCall. The Sinai Health System (SHS) is undergoing a major renovation project (Renew Sinai Phase 3A) that will result in development of a state of the art new 36 bed- Intensive Care Unit. The Coronary Care Unit currently a separate 6-bed unit.

As a member of the leadership team, the NUA is responsible for the delivery of safe, high quality patient care, fiscal management, human resource management, staff development and advancing professional practice.  As a dynamic leader, you are committed to a philosophy of patient and family centered care and inter-professional collaborative practice. You have the capacity to deliver a high level of patient care and achieve departmental outcomes that are aligned with the Centres of Excellence and the Hospital’s strategic objectives.  You do so by establishing productive relationships with patients, families, the inter-professional team, and organizational and community partners.


  • Maintaining standards of nursing practice and management of patient care by creating an environment conducive to staff development and excellence in nursing practice
  • Interpreting and fostering the philosophy, goals and standards of the Department of Nursing
  • Establishing unit goals and objectives that are consistent with the delivery of safe, high quality patient care
  • Taking a lead role in creating a culture of safety, risk mitigation, quality, and service at the unit level and across the portfolio, to improve practices and service delivery
  • Participating in the programmatic development of the clinical area
  • Responsible for financial management through effective budgetary planning, monitoring, controlling and operations at the unit level
  • Facilitating and providing leadership for resource utilization at the unit and programmatic level
  • Providing leadership in fostering and promoting a collaborative practice environment that is based on mutual respect among all team members
  • Leading, monitoring and evaluating continuous quality improvement and program development initiatives that support departmental goals aligned with the Hospital’s strategic direction
  • Developing, leading and managing program improvement initiatives based on quality data monitoring and utilizing appropriate quality improvement processes
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a valid and reliable workload measurement tool for assigned clinical areas
  • Encouraging staff participation in quality improvement activities for the unit and preparing quality improvement reports
  • Partnering and participating with the Operational Readiness Team & Redevelopment Team for the Renew Sinai Phase 3A  to ensure the patient experience, Quality Aims and Operational Performance of the Critical Care Units are integrated into the Phase 3A planning and implementation
  • In collaboration with the Operational Readiness and Redevelopment Teams, providing guidance, oversight and accountability during the planning, phasing and decanting periods to maintain operations and minimize the impact on patients, families, staff, physicians, volunteers and healthcare partners. 
  • Participating in clinical process redesign initiatives and activities to support the changes and objectives of Phase 3A Renew Sinai.
  • Supporting the Hospital’s strong academic mandate for ongoing staff development and training of students from all healthcare disciplines
  • Recruiting, developing and managing staff; completing regular employee performance appraisals and supporting the development of learning plans
  • Accountable for the quality of care/service and patient safety at the unit level
  • Promoting and maintaining a safe patient care and work environment by assessing for and managing actual and potential risks.  This also includes engaging in safety audits, promoting staff accountability in workplace safety, and ensuring that adequate structures and processes are in place such as staffing, equipment, supplies, physical space, policies and procedures
  • Establishing, promoting and maintaining good public relations through effective communication within the organization
  • Fostering effective labour relations through knowledgeable interpretation and implementation of collective agreements
  • Working with other members of the nursing leadership team to support the implementation of evidence based practice and ensuring the dissemination of research findings to inform nursing practice and improve patient outcomes
  • Participating as a member/leader of departmental and corporate committees and teams
  • Communicating effectively using appropriate lines within the organization
  • Responding as NUA on call as needed
  • Participating in the strategic planning process to drive organizational change and optimization of human resources programming and organizational development
  • Performing other duties related to the position as required

Job Requirements

  • Current certificate of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing required (Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with a Master’s Degree in a related discipline may be considered)
  • Minimum 5 years recent Critical Care experience required
  • Membership in professional nursing and other related organizations
  • Respected and progressive leader with the ability to inspire, motivate and develop a high performance team
  • Significant experience in quality improvement; success leading, monitoring and evaluating process/systems to identify and achieve efficiencies
  • Participation in a redevelopment project that includes changes to space, processes, people, and technology
  • Proven experience in data interpretation and analysis as a means to support strategic decision making
  • Advanced understanding of the value of information technology and experience in the implementation and integration of strategies for systems and technologies
  • Proven experience successfully leading and facilitating change with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent decision making, problem recognition, problem solving, communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Flexible with the ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced, multitasking and dynamic environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; professional, diplomatic and confident with a proven ability to work with individuals across all levels of the organization and external stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the proven ability to manage competing demands
  • Models collaborative, cross-portfolio engagement to build consensus and create solutions to complex issues
  • Experience leading and/or supporting program development initiatives that align departmental goals with organizational strategic direction
  • Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution
  • Program planning and evaluation methodology skills are an asset
  • Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history

Sinai Health is committed to fostering a culture and environment that is safe, caring, equitable, compassionate and accountable in order to provide optimal care to patients and their family caregivers. As such, all employees will follow safe work practices and comply with the roles and responsibilities that are outlined with respect to health and safety policies, procedures and training. In accordance with Sinai Health policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Sinai Health is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at any Sinai Health site. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by Sinai Health’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please call the Accommodation Phone Line at 416-586-4800 ext. 7050 or email

Posted: May 7, 2020/Expires: June 6, 2020