Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest community hospital, with 412 beds and a medical staff of more than 400 physicians representing nearly 50 medical and surgical specialties. The hospital is an accredited Level II Trauma Center and treats nearly 60,000 patients each year in its emergency department.
As a member of the Hospital's senior management team, the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer (ACNO) 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.
Responsibilities of the ACNO include, but are not limited to:
- Assist the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in 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
- Assist the CNO in 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
- Assisting the CNO in managing costs by continually seeking data that will identify opportunities and take action to eliminate non-value costs
- Assisting the CNO in 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.
- Assisting the CNO in developing and managing the nursing services budget and ensuring sufficient number of qualified staff to assess patient needs
- Planning and providing 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 meetings as deemed necessary; participates with department heads in designing and providing patient care and services
The ACNO will oversee multiple departments within the hospital as assigned. This position reports directly to the CNO and in the absence of the CNO, the ACNO may be required to interpret hospital policy and provide guidance.
- Must possess a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
- Master's degree required
- Must possess detailed knowledge of hospital nursing operations
- Minimum 2 years of demonstrated successful leadership in an acute-care hospital environment (For-profit experiencepreferred)
- Must be a registered nurse (RN) with a current licensure within the state
- 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.