Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$57.00 - $86.00 / Hour
La Jolla Medical Center
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Work Schedule:
Eves, 10 hr shifts, Sunday-Saturday

#124509 (RN) Assistant Nurse Manager - NICU

Filing Deadline: Wed 12/6/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/21/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

We are actively seeking a dedicated Assistant Nurse Manager to join our dynamic healthcare team. In this critical role, the Assistant Nurse Manager will demonstrate exceptional leadership by providing unwavering support to our nursing staff, ensuring seamless operations, and delivering exceptional patient care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The position carries significant responsibility and accountability for both administrative and clinical leadership. With a focus on elevating patient care standards and leading with innovation, the Assistant Nurse Manager will play an essential part in our mission to provide top-notch care to our community.

Our ideal candidate is a visionary and results-driven professional with a solid background in neonatal nursing and clinical leadership with a proven track record of success in driving positive change and exceeding organizational goals. With exceptional organizational and communication skills, the Assistant Nurse Manager will be adept at fostering a supportive and motivating work environment while maintaining a sharp focus on achieving operational excellence.

Key Leadership Responsibilities:

Operational Excellence:

  • Develop and implement high standards of care coordination that exemplify excellence in patient care, resource utilization, customer service, and regulatory compliance.
  • Lead and spearhead innovative projects that foster collaboration among multidisciplinary teams, drive improvement, and positively impact patient outcomes.
  • Plan, schedule, and organize departmental work, ensuring optimal distribution of assignments and efficient utilization of personnel, space, and facilities.

Supervision and Staff Management:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills by supervising, appraising, and providing constructive feedback to nursing and ancillary staff.
  • Oversee the recruitment process, including screening, interviewing, and hiring new employees who align with organizational values.
  • Counsel and take disciplinary actions when necessary in consultation with Human Relations/Labor Relations, ensuring adherence to discipline-related action plans.

Staff Competence and Compliance:

  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and professional growth to nurture a skilled and proficient nursing team.
  • Ensure staff competence by monitoring and verifying compliance with licensure and certification requirements.
  • Maintain meticulous documentation of staff credentials and certifications.

Budget Development and Integration:

  • Participate in developing and integrating annual operational, capital, and personnel budgets in collaboration with the Department of Finance.
  • Make well-informed financial decisions to optimize resources and support organizational goals and strategic initiatives.

If you are passionate about elevating patient care standards, leading with innovation, and making a substantial impact on healthcare delivery, we invite you to join our team and contribute to our mission of providing outstanding care to our community.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • Bachelors or Master's Degree in Nursing.

  • Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the state of California.

  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • NRP certification.

  • RNC in NICU Nursing (RNC-NIC) within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Three (3+) or more years of recent Level III NICU experience.

  • Exemplifies qualities of the professional practice of nursing.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage nursing teams utilizing strong professionalism and communication skills.

  • *Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to manage and prioritize multiple levels of information and responsibilities, and to quickly assess complex problems to develop potential solutions.


  • MSN.
  • Two (2+) or more years of nursing leadership or Charge RN experience.
  • Skills in quality management.
  • Experience leading quality initiatives and project management within a shared governance model.
  • Experience precepting staff and students.


  • This position has both clinical and administrative duties.
  • This position requires flexible shift coverage, and is eligible for shift differentials.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $87,000 - $202,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $41.67 - $97.03

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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