Associate Chief Nurse Officer

St. Luke’s Hospital is seeking an experienced, contemporary nurse leader to assume the role of Associate Chief Nurse Officer (ACNO). The ACNO reports directly to the Chief Nursing Officer for Southcoast Hospitals Group, Tim Eixenberger. Appointed to his position in early fall 2015, Tim is responsible for Nursing across the three Southcoast hospitals. Tim joined Southcoast from the Pacific Northwest and brings 15 years of senior nursing executive experience. Recognized as a results-oriented leader, Tim has successfully developed cultures of accountability, engagement, safety and empowerment.

The ACNO will have administrative, operational and clinical responsibility for critical care, medical services, surgical services, maternity, pediatrics, emergency services and other clinical areas. There is a matrix responsibility for Perioperative Services as this service is organized on a system-wide reporting structure. Direct reports to this position include Directors and Managers. The ACNO will need to be a strong influencer in order to continue to hardwire several new initiatives including: hourly rounding, bedside handoff, safety huddles, and after hours rounding by managers.

The ACNO will work closely with physicians and leaders of other disciplines to foster a culture of inter-professional teamwork and advance systems to support clinical practice, patient outcomes and patient, family, and community satisfaction. As a member of the nursing executive team, the ACNO will help shape the clinical practice model, promote a culture of professional accountability and excellence of nursing practice and implement programs, systems and processes to achieve the System’s strategic goals. Developing an effective leadership team and supporting the ability of nursing leaders to lead effectively in the evolving culture will be a primary role of the ACNO.

  • RN eligible for licensure in Massachusetts; Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree one of which must be in Nursing.
  • Ten years nursing experience in progressively responsible leadership roles required and a minimum of five (5) years of nursing leadership experience at the CNO or senior level position in a complex acute care setting.
  • Highly visible, accessible leader, comfortable in the clinical setting with the ability to engage and empower others.
  • Contemporary leadership expertise, knowledge of emerging models of nursing care, and initiatives for improving nursing practice, safety, quality and patient satisfaction/outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective nursing leaders, to mentor and coach others, and to delegate appropriately to achieve departmental goals and objectives.
  • Ability to establish strong collaborative relationships with physician leaders and with leaders of other disciplines.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, and conflict management skills.
  • Strong operational leadership ability, fiscal competency, knowledge of resource planning and staffing systems.