Chief Nursing Officer

Kirby Bates Associates is pleased to partner with a world class children’s hospital, CHRISTUS Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (CHOSA), to recruit a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

The mission-driven hospital rests on a 100-year tradition of serving the needs of the community and was the first and is currently the only freestanding children’s hospital in San Antonio. The contemporary facility provides primary, emergency, specialty, and sub-specialty children’s services, as well as comprehensive maternal and infant care. CHOSA is actively growing and expanding access to all services and actively developing new programs. CHOSA’s physicians include some of Texas’ top pediatric medical providers from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as community-based practitioners.

The CNO will be expected to develop the strategic vision for nursing based on contemporary trends in nursing practice and the strategic direction of the Hospital and CHRISTUS Health. The CNO will work in a dyad relationship with the chief medical officer and collaborate with interprofessional colleagues to grow the services provided, including initiating new sub-specialty services. The CNO will support a nursing leadership infrastructure that fosters staff engagement, promotes optimal clinical outcomes, and fosters positive patient and family experience. The CNO is a member of the hospital’s administrative team and serves as the nursing clinical expert for pediatrics across the CHRISTUS Health system.

Opportunity highlights:  

  • Reports directly to the CEO.
  • Direct reports: ACNO, administrative nursing directors, pediatric mobile unit, executive assistant.


  • Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree required, one of which must be in nursing; doctorate preferred.
  • Executive leadership experience in a pediatric health care system preferred.
  • Five years of senior leadership experience; knowledge of contemporary nursing practice models, strong financial acumen, and the ability to integrate and interpret data from diverse sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, recruit, and retain nurses, and to sustain a professional nursing practice culture.
  • High energy, accessible, and visible leadership style.
  • Collaborative, with ability to be successful in a dyad leadership model.
  • Ability to achieve national metrics in quality and safety, and to sustain a culture of positive patient and family experience.

For more information, please contact us in confidence:

Wendy Siegel

Senior Executive Recruiter

Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN

Executive Vice President Search Services

Kirby Bates Associates is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our associates.