Chief Nursing Officer


The SVP/CNO of Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) provides the vision, strategic direction and operational leadership for Nursing in all clinical settings in RIH and Hasbro Children’s Hospital which are both academic teaching and Level 1 Trauma Centers. The SVP/CNO will engage nursing leaders and staff in the establishment of a professional nursing culture that advances nursing practice to deliver high quality patient care, attain clinical outcomes, and ensure a positive patient experience. Shared governance and Relationship Based Care are practiced. The dyad model of interprofessional collaboration is promoted from the executive level to the unit level.

Opportunity Highlights:

  • Lead as the key Nursing Executive at Rhode Island Hospital, the flagship AMC/Teaching hospital for the Lifespan System; the largest employer in the state of Rhode Island.
  • Academic medical center affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • $85 M in NIH Research funding – 40% Bench Research
  • Among 34 Healthiest Employers in Rhode Island
  • Healthgrades’ 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Engage staff in achieving a patient experience in the top percentile


Founded in 1863, Rhode Island Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital and is the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The hospital is dedicated to being on the cutting edge of medicine and research. It is home to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the state’s only facility dedicated to pediatric care.

      • 719 licensed beds and 36,912 annual inpatient discharges
      • 338,717 outpatient registrations
      • 152,328 emergency room visits
      • 9,913 inpatient surgeries, 13,685 outpatient surgeries
      • 1,826 physicians
      • Level 1 trauma center for southeastern New England for both adults and peds
  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital – hospital within a hospital model
    • 87 beds
    • 53,000 emergency room visits
  • Jane Brown Orthopedic Center
  • Nationally awarded for a variety of cancer, stroke and cardiovascular care programs
  • Union environment
  • Only Level I Trauma Center in southeastern New England, verified by the American College of Surgeons
  • Only verified Burn Center in Rhode Island
  • First hospital in state awarded advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Center holds the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Center of Comprehensive Care Accreditation

The Position and Team Members

  • Leaders of Medical, Surgical, Perioperative Services (Main, Ambulatory on-site & Whalen Square ASC) Endoscopy (Main and Whalen Square), Pediatrics (Hasbro Children’s), Emergency Services (Main and Hasbro), Respiratory Care/Neuro Services, EKG/EEG, Psychiatry, Critical Care, Pulmonary, Sleep Lab
  • Matrix nursing practice responsibility for Lifespan Oncology, Ambulatory Services, Dialysis Services
  • 2,600 RNs
  • Clinical Nurse Manager and Assistant Clinical Managers lead patient care units
  • Advanced Practice Managers support clinical excellence at the unit level

Education and Experience Criteria

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing, Health Care Administration, Business, or related field. Preferred Doctoral degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process
  • Demonstrated ability to establish inter-professional collaboration and work with highly qualified specialty physicians
  • Ability to work effectively with all clinical disciplines and across
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with increasing leadership responsibility for nursing and nursing practice
  • Experience in managing clinical services including productivity enhancement, new program development, and continuous quality improvement
  • Experience creating a vision for nursing, engaging staff and advocating for professional nurses and staff, while achieving institution-wide goals
  • Comfortable working within a union environment and ability to establish collaborative relationships with multiple unions. 


Providence combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city. The city has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 50 years and boasts a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, a renowned restaurant scene, and so many things to do. Easy accessibility to Boston and New York and beyond via train. National and international airport. Easy commute to rural, suburban and oceanside communities and historic Newport. Providence is a great place to live, work and visit.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Livonne Engebrecht, Search Associate, or 707-921-5008

Judy Hayes, MSN, RN NEA-BC, VP Search Services, or 508-202-1723