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Vice President Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer in McCook, NE at Community Hospital Corporation

Date Posted: 2/18/2019

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Vice President Clinical Services / Chief Nursing Officer
The Vice President Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Community Hospital in McCook, NE serves as a member of the Community Hospital Administrative Council under the direction of the  Hospital CEO. This position also represents the hospital and takes appropriate administrative action as necessary in the absence of the president and CEO.
The VP Clinical Services/CNO is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the nursing and the day-to-day operation of the clinical services of Community Hospital by providing direction and structure to hospital nursing and clinical services leaders.
The VP Clinical Services/CNO has the responsibility, authority, and accountability for the supervision of the departments of nursing throughout the facility along with the supervision of Surgery, ER & Mother/Baby and Pharmacy.
The VP Clinical Services/CNO is responsible for assessing clinical services operations, making recommendations for improvement to ongoing programs and services in areas, and for assessing, measuring and improving the quality of care/services provided in a cost-effective manner while promoting a team approach to the delivery of patient care and services. The VP/Clinical Services also leads all initiatives related to the Strategic Quality pillar - Be the regional leader in providing person-centered care that is safe, efficient, and exemplifies best practices.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing with either a Master's degree in Nursing Administration or Healthcare Administration required.
  • Must possess and maintain current licensure as a Registered Nurse.  
  • Five to ten years clinical experience with management experience.
  • A minimum of three years of progressive senior nursing leadership experience or similar position in an acute care environment is required.
  • Previous CNO experience preferred.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse by the state of Nebraska DHHS Regulation & Licensure.
  • Experience in a Critical Access Hospital environment is preferred.
Skills and Knowledge
  • Possess critical thinking skills
  • Possess sound and accurate judgment and timely decision making
  • Proficient PC skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel or similar products
  • McKesson Allscripts knowledge a plus
Major Responsibilities
  • Compliance: Assures nursing and clinical services compliance with federal, state and local government laws and regulations, accrediting agency standards and hospital policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Training: Provides training for staff and leaders as needed or requested.  Assists in the orientation and onboarding of new leaders.
  • Operations Management:  Collects and analyzes data from internal and external sources regarding current way of doing business and clinical processes.  Conducts needs analysis, identifies and prioritizes needs, applies good problem solving skills. Identifies alternate processes and potential solutions and acts to implement changes to improve operations.
  • Safety and Quality of Care:  Leads and maintains a culture of safety and quality including a safe functional environment.  Provides opportunities for all who work in the hospital to identify safety and/or quality issues, bring issues to management's attention, and participate in safety and quality initiatives and planning.
  • Financial Management:  Participates in the preparation and management of sound operating, project and capital budgets.   Provides stewardship of all financial and physical resources. Understands the principles of productivity management
  • Human Resources:  Advises hospital leaders regarding the availability of adequate numbers of competent staff that are properly credentialed, educated, trained, motivated and engaged.  Advises on performance management systems including policies/practices for providing timely feedback, recognizing excellence and dealing with problem behavior and poor performance.
  • High performance culture:  Conveys values and acceptable behavior to all stakeholders through own actions.  Assist with the creation of an organizational climate that encourages teamwork, builds employee engagement, collaborates, accepts accountability, and produces quality results.  Inspires individual and organizational excellence.
  • Internal Communication and Relationship:  Demonstrates effective interpersonal relations including influencing/persuading at all levels.  Builds rapport and trust with team through frequent/timely communication. Develops and maintains effective medical staff relationships.  Seeks input from stakeholders. Anticipates and addresses concerns. Contributes to the creation of a culture of communication.
  • External Communication and Relationship:  Works with hospital and community leaders as appropriate to assess community healthcare needs, build a positive hospital image and market hospital services.  Demonstrates appropriate political savvy, tack and diplomacy.
  • Talent Development:  Wants people to develop.  Accurately assesses developmental needs and provides frequent feedback, coaching and personal development opportunities.  Faces up to performance and behaviors problems quickly and directly. Does not shy from providing timely corrective feedback.  Takes action promptly to remove talent that is non-responsive to coaching and developmental activity.
  • Accountability:  Sets clear, consistent goals and expectations.  Holds self and others accountable for decisions and actions.  Demands high performance. Is reliable, keeps commitments, and delivers results.  Creates an ownership culture.
  • Champion for Change:  Speaks out for change and helps staff understand reasons for, and benefits from, change.  Makes change real for individuals. Links change to work processes and involves stakeholders in the change process.  Follows through on change initiatives. Communicates constantly with all affected by change.
  • Medical Staff:  Collaborates with Medical Staff to identify and resolve issues affecting the provision of nursing care and overall patient care in the hospital.  Fosters open and effective communication between patients, nursing and medical staff to resolve problems. Promotes harmonious relationships among nursing, medical staff, patients and the public.
Other General and Related Duties
  • Demonstrates behaviors that are consistent with Community Hospital's Mission and Vision and those that reflect the 'Standards of Service Excellence'.
  • Performs job responsibilities in an ethical, compliant manner consistent with  Community Hospital's values, policies, procedures, and code of conduct.
  • Works well with team members toward a common purpose. Reinforces the efforts and goal;s of the work group. Supports the team's decision regardless of individual viewpoint.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in schedules and assignments in order to meet the needs of the hospital.
  • Utilizes, maintains, and allocates equipment and supplies in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Improves productivity through proper time management.
  • Seeks feedback from customers and team members in order to identify and improve processes and outcomes.
  • Maintains compliance with all laws and applicable regulatory requirements.  Acts promptly to comply with required changes.
Community Hospital, McCook, Ne - Overview
Recognized in 2018 as one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country measured by iVantage and awarded by the National Rural Health Association, Community Hospital is known for its friendly staff and advanced facilities. Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska, proudly serves 30,000 people throughout southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas. 
Built in 1974, our 25-bed, not-for-profit, critical access facility excels in surgical care, rehabilitation programs, obstetrics and emergency care. New expansions include a patient wing, surgery wing and the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology.
Community Hospital offers a wide range of family healthcare services at the McCook Clinic on our campus. In addition, Community Hospital's Medical Specialists Center gives more than 30 visiting medical specialists a convenient space to offer specialized services on a regular basis. Our rural health clinics in Trenton and Curtis, Nebraska, ensure patients in neighboring communities have access to care close to home.
The organization has fully embraced a process based management system and is working towards ISO-9000 certification. Processes are managed and improved by groups coming together with the purpose of achieving their vision and mission. This clear correlation between processes and the vision allows the hospital to plan strategies, structure the organization, build programs, and create a culture that leads to success.

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