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Chief Nursing Officer 
Hospital/Facility: Westlake Hospital
Location: Melrose Park, IL


The Chief Nursing Officer reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Westlake Hospital.

The Chief Nursing Officer provides strategic leadership as the senior executive position responsible for all nursing and other designated patient care functions and services within the hospital organization.  The role assumes responsibility for assessing, planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating nursing practice on a facility level.  The role assumes 24/7 responsibility and has accountability to ensure high quality, safe and appropriate nursing care, competency of clinical staff, and appropriate resource management related to patient care. The Chief Nursing Officer represents nursing concerns on the governing board and at medical staff leadership meetings.

§  Collaborate with human resources and other team members to select, on-board, orient, and provide coaching for direct reports.

§  Evaluate and monitor facility level people pillar statistics, participate on related calls as necessary.

§  Consider and/or implement nurse residency programs to ensure pipeline for facility.

§  Collaborate with team members to formulate programs to enhance work life balance.

§  Partner with related team members to promote a safe work environment that is based on a zero tolerance for sexual harassment, workplace violence and verbal and physical abuse.

§  Collaborate with related team members to promote an effective facility level competency program.

§  Collaborate to promote a robust employee development and education program that responds to the unique needs of employees across the career continuum (novice to expert).

§  Work cohesively with related team members to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies that ensure a qualified and stable workforce.

Ø  Participate in workforce planning to ensure an adequate and competent workforce.

Ø  Support the design of effective and competitive compensation and benefits programs. 


An academic degree in nursing is required, and a Master’s degree in Nursing or related field (Health Administration, Business, Public Health, or Management) is strongly preferred.

Active and current registered nurse license in the state of residence/practice is required.

Current CENP or NEA certification preferred.

At least five years of progressive management experience in a facility environment as an Associate Chief Nursing Officer or Nursing Director of multiple, complex nursing departments.

Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Proven leadership ability and facility operational expertise.

Ability to serve as role model and advocate for the professional discipline of nursing.

Strong labor relations background.

An individual able to effectively and efficiently organize patient care promoting optimal outcomes, patient safety, and patient, physician and employee satisfaction. 

An individual with proven success recruiting, retaining and developing staff.  Someone effective in mentoring and developing staff, encouraging professional growth and achievement.

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