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Chief Nursing Officer






Full Time


Job Summary:

As a member of the Hospital's senior leadership team, the CNO will participate in functional decision-making processes necessary to create and sustain a healthy culture, set a compelling and comprehensive strategy, align people and process, cultivate talent, and sustain financial performance. In addition, the CNO will play a key role in the successful attainment of the hospital's mission, vision and legacy in addition to maintaining an awareness of changes in healthcare clinical matters that could have an impact on the success of the hospital. The CNO will oversee multiple departments within the hospital. This position reports directly to the hospital Chief Executive Officer.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborates with hospital leadership and medical staff to identify and develop new patient care programs, policies and procedures.
  2. Develops and implements a program to measure, assess and improve the quality of nursing care provided by the organization.
  3. Works with nursing and medical staff to develop policies, procedures and practice standards for the nursing department.
  4. Ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations related to nursing services and healthcare.
  5. Provides leadership to guide the use of current technologies and is a recognized thought leader for the use of future technologies supporting nursing practice. Collaborates on selection and implementation of information systems at all levels of the organization.
  6. Analyzes nursing turnover and retention rates. Implements strategies to enhance retention and reduce turnover.
  7. Ensures cost effective patient care across the system. Oversees nursing capital and operating budgets. Acts as a mentor for subordinates to achieve fiscal targets.
  8. Promotes use of evidenced based practice, research and performance improvement to guide decision-making. Ensures use of evidence and research to guide clinical and managerial decision-making.
  9. Manages resources to support quality patient care, services and patient/associate safety. Utilizes available data/metrics to allocate resources appropriately. Develops analytics to predict future resource/program needs.
  10. Develops and implements a succession planning strategy for key site and specialty nursing leaders. Supports development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs in alignment with the nursing system and assures formal education, certification and career development through annual goal setting.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Standards & Expectations

  1. Personal Behavior: The Mission/Vision/Legacy (MVL) Statement and Core Values defines the culture of VVRMC and each employee is expected live MVL and adhere to the behaviors defined in the six (6) Core Values. This agreement is reinforced annually. All employees are to understand and actively support MVL and the Core Values. Managers are expected to be active role models and intervene when appropriate. Attached as a part of this job description is a copy of the MVL and Core Values.
  2. 2. Compliance to Regulatory and/or Administrative Rule: VVRMC is a County Hospital District operating in compliance with the rules, regulations, and policies established by Federal, State, County and hospital authorities. Employees and manager are expected to understand the limitations of their role and responsibilities and to act within their scope of work. Each is expected to ask for assistance from competent leadership when in doubt.
  3. Job Competency: All positions in the hospital require competency assessments each year. Each employee and manager is expected to satisfactorily complete the appropriate testing and/or assessment required within the time frame established.

Minimum Entry Level Qualifications

Experience and/or level of competency:

  • Requires a minimum of 7 years leadership and management experience in nursing and hospital operations and most recently at least 3 years of leadership in a Senior/Executive nursing leadership role in an acute care hospital.
  • Computer knowledge with Microsoft Office tools and other nursing systems such Paragon/Meditech/Cerner, acuity, productivity, and scheduling systems.
  • Must possess a strong background in quality, process improvement and evidence based practice.
  • Thorough understanding of all elements of health care delivery including process improvement, strategy, business planning, operations and finances.
  • A thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, including CIHQ, CMS Administrative Code, HCAHPS, and the Texas Nurse Practice Act.
  • Must possess detailed knowledge of hospital nursing operations.
  • Must be proficient in written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with hospital staff, physicians, patients, and patient's families.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information concerning personal, financial, or medical matters.
  • Must possess the following leadership attributes; People Centered, Communicates Effectively, Disciplined, Passionate, Innovative, Coaches and Develops.

Academic Preparation:

  • Licensed Registered Nurse
  • Must possess a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Master's degree in Nursing (MSN), Business (MBA) or related healthcare field is required.