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Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

2023-08-24
  • Organization

  • Lutheran Hospital of Indiana Lutheran Hospital of Indiana

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  • Full Time

Job Description

Lutheran Health Network is a family of more than 6,000 employees, physicians, advanced practice providers and volunteers dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care with the best possible experience, to every patient, every time. As a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region, Lutheran Health Network makes a positive impact on the communities we serve. The network’s access points across northeastern Indiana include acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, physician offices, urgent care clinics and outpatient centers.

Lutheran Health Network is comprised of nine hospitals including Lutheran Hospital located in Fort Wayne, IN. Serving the community since 1904, Lutheran Hospital is a 396-bed tertiary care facility that provides healthcare services to patients in Fort Wayne and throughout northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio. Accredited by The Joint Commission and part of Lutheran Health Network, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care with the best possible experience to every patient, every time, and to making a positive impact on our community.

In addition to traditional healthcare, Lutheran Hospital provides extensive specialized services through:

  • Level II verified adult and pediatric trauma centers 
  • A certified comprehensive stroke center
  • An accredited comprehensive cancer program
  • Northeastern Indiana's only accredited comprehensive bariatric surgery center

Leadership in cardiac care is reflected in the hospital's vast cardiology and cardiovascular services. Recognitions include:

  • The HeartCARE Center TM National Distinction of Excellence (the American College of Cardiology's highest recognition)
  • AFib with electrophysiology services accreditation
  • Chest pain center with PCI and Resuscitation accreditation
  • Cardiac cath lab with PCI accreditation
  • Heart failure accreditation with outpatient services
  • Certificate of Distinction for ventricular assist device program
  • Certification as a ventricular assist device destination therapy provider
  • Transcatheter Valve certification (the first in Indiana)

Since young patients have unique needs, Lutheran Children's Hospital provides care to infants, children and teens in dedicated inpatient, outpatient and ER settings designed entirely for kids.

As a member of the Hospital's senior management team, the CNO will participate in functional decision-making processes necessary to the successful attainment of the hospital's mission 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 and reports directly to the hospital Chief Executive Officer.

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is responsible for:

  • Providing leadership to nurse employees that will enroll their support, create ownership of goals, and have them actively participate in decisions that impact the hospital 
  • Maintaining necessary regulatory and compliance approvals and quality accreditations  
  • Partnering with physicians who use, or will use, the hospital
  • Assisting in planning new services that generate additional sources of profitable revenue
  • Creating an environment that will encourage recruiting and retention of clinical employees
  • Managing costs by continually seeking data that will identify opportunities and take action to eliminate non-value costs
  • Establishing standards for nursing practices and maintain authority, accountability and responsibility for nursing services
  • Developing organizational patient care programs, policies and procedures that describe how nursing care is assessed, delivered and evaluated.
  • Developing and managing the nursing services budget and ensuring sufficient number of qualified staff to assess patient needs
  • Plan and provide nursing care interventions and prevent complications, promote improvement and patient comfort and wellness
  • Analyzing areas in planning, promoting and conducting organization-wide performance improvement activities
  • Representing the nursing services at all meetings including medical staff and hospital board of director meetings; participates with leaders in designing and providing patient care and services

Education:

  • Must possess a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Master's degree required

Certifications/Licenses:

  • Must be a registered nurse (RN) with a current licensure within the state 

Experience/Skills:

  • Must possess detailed knowledge of hospital nursing operations
  • 5+ years of demonstrated successful leadership in an acute-care hospital environment (For-profit experience preferred)
  • 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
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