Chief Nursing Officer

    January 7, 2021
    Seattle, Washington
    Job Type


    We are search for a CNO for a Critical Access hospital located in north central Washington State.

    Our client will consider a Director over multiple service lines or ACNO wanting CNO. Current CNO is retiring and will be leaving end of April. They would like to have replacement start early March.

    Chief Nursing Officer, North Central Washington
    Salary: 120 to 150k+, Relocation Assistance
    Critical Access Hospital
    Current CNO is retiring

    This position description and performance evaluation defines the tasks and responsibilities normally expected of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), but it is not all inclusive and is subject to change by the CEO.


    The CNO plans, organizes and directs the functions and activities of the Nursing Department and other assigned patient care departments. This includes responsibility for professional, managerial and financial development of the department. The CNO is further responsible for the coordination of departmental role with that of the Hospital. The Nursing Department includes the following areas: Emergency Department, Surgical Services Department (includes PACU), ICU, Obstetrics, Acute Care, Med-Surgical, Infection Control, Case Management, Nurse Informatics and Pharmacy.


    The CNO is directly responsible to the CEO. He/she is an integral part of the management team of the hospital. The CNO assists in defining, planning and implementation of Hospital’s mission statement and goals. The CNO assists departmental managers including affiliated clinics, in developing and maintaining the philosophy and professional standards of patient care departments, as well as approving goals of nursing managers have written.

    • The CNO must maintain a positive and productive a working relationship with medical staff members.
    • The CNO formulates and defines departmental organization, policy and procedure and interprets hospital policy as it relates to the patient care departments.
    • He/she assures that departmental policies are consistent with Board, Administrative policies and that they fall in the scope of law under WAC codes and under Washington Nurse Practice Law. Such policies shall be written to improve customer service and support physicians’ needs as well as meet afore stated assurances.
    • He/she identifies trends, or changes in patient care requirements and applies these to future organization plans. He/She analyzes data collection and implements planning to provide cost effective quality care.
    • Serves as Infection Control nurse.
    • Rotates call with other nurse managers


    This position directly supervises the Acute Care Manager, OB Manager, Surgical Services Manager, E.D. Manager, Education Coordinator, Case Management, Informatics Nurse, and Pharmacy


    The major challenge of this position is to be able to plan and adapt to ongoing changes of nursing professionals under health care reform so he/she may enable patient care departments to expand with different horizons utilizing nursing at its fullest potential. It is imperative to the survival of the Hospital that the CNO keep informed of ongoing legislative action that affects health care, especially areas of CMS compliance regulations. Directs infection control activities for the hospital and clinic


    The CNO is in frequent contact with administration, directors, department managers, staff level personnel, physicians, public, vendor representatives and State and Federal Inspectors. This position, when required, will make presentations to the Board of Commissioners and may represent the hospital at other public gatherings. The individual in this position will make every effort to project a professional, positive image of the Hospital when communicating with these contacts.


    25 bed critical access hospital in the mid-Okanogan Valley. Patient care departments consist of the Surgery department, which includes Outpatient, Ambulatory Surgery, Inpatient Surgery, Post Anesthesia, Recovery, the Emergency Department, the O.B. Department which includes Nursery, Post-Partum, the Acute Care, Education, Case Management, Informatics Nursing, and Pharmacy.

    Qualification Requirements:

    • The Chief Nursing Officer must be a registered nurse in the State of Washington or eligibility.
    • A BSN at minimum is required with an MSN preferred.
    • Ten years clinical experience is required, and 1-year management experience is required in providing quality patient care.
    • Additional expertise/ training (i.e., ACLS, Neonatal Resuscitation, TNCC) will be given consideration.
    • This individual must be familiar with departmental financial statements, able to use word processing and spread sheet programs and operate a variety of standard office equipment. This position must deal courteously and tactfully with contacts; be able to establish and maintain departmental policies and procedures; be able to perform work with attention to detail; be able to maintain accurate records; and be able to contribute to a pleasant, positive working environment.


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