Clinical Nurse Manager, TBI & Stroke Unit

Full Time, Clinical, Nursing

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital opened in 1958 as the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Philadelphia. The Hospital has over 600 employees and is nationally recognized for outstanding programs in physical and cognitive rehabilitation, with comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury. Magee serves as the federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley. Only 14 such centers exist in the country. Magee is a founding member of The Christopher Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, which provides state of the art rehabilitation therapy.

The Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) is responsible for implementing the mission, vision, policies, goals and objectives of the organization and nursing services within their area(s). The CNM is the liaison between rehabilitation (rehab) nursing and other disciplines and administration. The CNM promotes the philosophy and goals of the organization, the development of team relationships and congruent rehabilitation practices.

Essential Accountabilities:

 Rehabilitation Care and Services

  • Provides input to the strategic planning process for the organization. Implements strategies and programs for rehab care that is consistent with the mission, vision, policies, goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Develops a plan for the setting that focuses on the provision of high-quality, cost-effective care for the patient that is consistent with the organization’s strategy.
  • Evaluates the quality and appropriateness of nursing care and institutes practice changes based on evaluation and supports interdisciplinary performance improvement efforts.
  • Ensures that current research findings in rehabilitation nursing are incorporated into practice.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends in rehabilitation nursing and assists staff to identify the impact of those trends on nursing service delivery.
  • Promotes rehabilitation among all stakeholders relative to patients’ achievement of independence, maintenance of optimal health and quality of life including preparation for discharge.
  • Encourages all levels of nursing personnel to use the nursing process, critical thinking, and ethical practice in managing patient care.
  • Supports all levels of nursing personnel in performing the clinical roles of educator, caregiver, counselor, consultant and advocate.
  • Supports the interdisciplinary team model within the continuum of care.
  • Collaborates with other professional disciplines in developing and implementing clinical rehab programs. Provides an environment that enables personnel to participate actively.
  • Promotes collegial relationships with all members of the team based on mutual respect and support.
  • Helps team members of the professional team understand and value the unique contributions of each rehab profession.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary committees and other activities within the organization.
  • Encourages an environment that supports rehab nursing, allied health and medical students/staff as they learn and practice rehab skills.

Personnel and Resource Management

  • Holds overall accountability for the management of clinical rehab nursing practice.
  • Provides input into and maintains appropriate staffing levels and skill mix.
  • Is accountable for the management of direct report personnel functions; seeks to select and retain an appropriate skill mix of qualified, competent, patient-oriented rehab personnel with diverse backgrounds.
  • Provides input to performance of personnel by timely completion of performance reviews.
  • Provides for staffing assignments that are commensurate with the level of education and demonstrated competencies of personnel, using available resources effectively and appropriately to provide safe care.
  • Defines and oversees the orientation, education, credentialing and continuing development of licensed and unlicensed staff involved in providing direct patient care in collaboration with the clinical resource and nurse educators.
  • Acts as a role model, mentor and coach to the rehab nursing staff; provides developmental opportunities for staff to acquire clinical rehab skills and expertise; encourages staff to seek advanced preparation and rehab specialty certification.
  • Defines implements and evaluates the care delivery system(s) used in collaboration with its Chief Nurse Executive (CNE). This includes all unique programs for specific patient populations (i.e., behavioral technicians, nurse externs, etc.) and/or programs (i.e., weekend program).
  • Participates and facilitates participation of staff in nursing and organizational policy formulation and decision making.
  • Prepares and monitors capital and operational budgets, including personnel budgets, for the organization of their particular assignment area(s); regularly reviews expenses and revenue and justifies variances as requested by the CNE; fills vacated positions timely and effectively.

Personal Accountability

  • Assumes accountability for remaining current regarding the standards of care established by professions and organizations (Joint Commission, Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF), and governmental/regulatory agencies to determine implications for the rehab nursing setting and its personnel and responds using flexibility, creativity and executes remedial actions to promote compliance and changes in behaviors and performance.
  • Supports research activities in the general field of rehab as well as in rehab nursing.
  • Continues to advance professional rehab management skills and leadership skills.
  • Advocates for persons with disabilities and/or chronic illness through personal involvement in professional and other support organizations and community activities.
  • Is an active member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and American Nurses Association and serves as an advocate for rehabilitation and nursing.



  • Progressive experience in clinical rehab nursing and nursing management.
  • Masters of Science in Nursing required.
  • Strong clinical, leadership, and management skills; good interpersonal and interdisciplinary relationships, a high level of initiative and creative problem solving ability.

Licensure and Certifications:

  • Must be licensed as a Professional Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Certification in Rehabilitation Nursing (CRRN) or as soon as eligible.
  • Certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (Basic Cardiac Life Support); and certification in advanced cardiac life support required within 1 year of employment.

Age Specific/Cultural Competency:

  • Demonstrates knowledge in human growth and development with respect to the specific chronological age, developmental age, or social maturity of the patient.
  • Demonstrates ability to deliver care which is based on unique developmental / age related needs of the patient.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of medication and intravenous dosing considerations for the adolescent and geriatric patient.
  • Adheres to Magee’s standard of care “Age Specific Care” for the adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.


  • Takes proper precautions as outlined in the Hospital Safety Manual, Infection Control Policy and Procedure Manual, and Hospital Safety Plan.
  • Position requires repetitive lifting, pulling and pushing of at minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, stoop and lift in order to effectively treat patients.