Assistant Chief Nursing Officer

United Health Services

$100K — $200K *


3w ago


5 - 7 years of experience

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Job Description

Job Description


Sierra Vista Hospital is seeking an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for the Nursing Department. If you're passionate about working in the behavioral health setting and have the desire to lead a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to serving our patients, we want to hear from you!

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected healthcare management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.

The Sierra Vista Hospital location, a 171-bed psychiatric care facility located in south Sacramento, is a full-service mental health facility and a center of support for patients and their families. Since 1986, we have offered our clinical expertise to those suffering from emotional, behavioral and addiction problems.

The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer will assist the CNO with providing the leadership and strategic planning of the nursing department and nursing programs offered at Sierra Vista Hospital, ensuring programs meet the needs of patients, the community and are in compliance with the facility’s performance goals and objectives. Responsibilities include the overall administrative processes and management systems for all clinical nursing services offered at the facility, promotion and maintenance of a therapeutic environment for patients and staff, and development and implementation of clinical treatment programs.



  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree preferred.


  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in psychiatric/mental health field, with a minimum of three (3) years experience in advanced clinical/management practice.


  • Appropriate state licensure/credentials as a Registered Nurse is required. Valid driver’s license is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • A strong knowledge of The Joint Commission, NAPHS, Title XXII, HCFA, OSHA regulations, and patient rights standards and all other applicable federal and state laws and regulations governing mental health care facilities.
  • CPR & CPI certification



Personnel mAnagement and staffing

  1. Evaluates Program Managers and House Supervisors regarding personnel performance and assist them in counseling nursing personnel to help them meet the prescribed goals of performance.
  2. Maintains and allocates a well qualified core of staff resources.
  3. Assures that hiring, disciplinary actions and termination procedures are conducted in accordance with hospital policies.
  4. Involves appropriate facility management in all decisions, and review these decisions with CEO prior to implementation.
  5. Assures adequate supervision and evaluation processes for all staff members and delegate these responsibilities as appropriate.
  6. Assures adequate orientation for new employees, attending physicians/licensed practitioners and Allied Health Professionals.
  7. Provides training as necessary to meet educational needs and professional development of staff.
  8. Ensures that the staff schedule and configuration will meet the needs and demands of the patient population and census and adjust it accordingly.
  9. Ensures an adequate system of communication and reporting is maintained between all staff members, as well as other departments involved in the ongoing operation of the program.
  10. Creates a structure that best meets the needs of the organization, particularly department organization related to supervision and assignment of staff.
  11. Routinely reviews job assignments and utilization of staff.


  1. Assumes the leadership responsibility for the Nursing department 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  2. Provides support and continuity of effective administrative leadership.
  3. Serves as a role model of quality nursing care for nursing staff.
  4. Demonstrates the ability to assess a situation from a variety of perspectives, considers several alternatives and chooses the most appropriate course of action.
  5. Demonstrates an awareness of personal abilities and limitations; regularly requests assistance in situations that exceed abilities; utilizes supervisory sessions effectively.
  6. Confronts employees who do not abide by the hospital policy and procedures, provides ongoing feedback on technical and behavior performance; uses disciplinary process when necessary if high standards are not upheld by the employee.
  7. Serves as a resource person and role model by demonstrating professionalism and the ability to use the nursing process in problem identification and problem solving activities.
  8. Assists and encourages nursing personnel in professional growth and development.
  9. Holds self and employees clearly accountable for meeting high standards of service towards all customers.
  10. Acts as an example that all staff and the organization can respect and emulate.
  11. Will not tolerate any form of retaliation or hostility between staff within the department. Will not tolerate or support any form of hostility, retaliation or harassment toward peers or subordinates.
  12. Promotes a healthy, collaborative working environment.

professional collaboration

  1. Ensures the Nursing Department supports all other departments and acts collaboratively and professionally as appropriate.
  2. Ensure department will maintain a positive relationship with other departmental staff bringing new admissions on to their respective units for treatment.
  3. Provides services to current referral sources to assure their satisfaction and continued associations.
  4. Allocates and coordinates program resources to support Hospital and other hospital department’s objectives.
  5. Provides for guest relations and ensure the appearance of the facility and manner in which program staff communicate with patients, families, referral sources and fellow staff is effective and professional.
  6. Ensures the implementation of an ongoing system of program orientation for patients, families, professionals and others.
  7. Maintains an awareness of community and market-related activities which includes knowledge of the activities of other providers, needs of local payers and the political climate related to mental health.

Note: The essential job functions of this position are not limited to the duties listed above.

Sierra Vista Offers:

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Drug Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • 401(K) with company match and discounted stock plan
  • Career development opportunities within UHS and its Subsidiaries
  • Education Assistance
  • Challenging and rewarding work environment

Why is Sierra Vista Hospital a great place to work?

  • Dynamic people
  • Team-oriented environment
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Great training program for new grads!
  • Rewarding career opportunities

EEO Statement

All UHS subsidiaries are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. UHS subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers and as such, openly support and fully commit to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion and compensation of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.


At UHS and all our subsidiaries, our Human Resources departments and recruiters are here to help prospective candidates by matching skill set and experience with the best possible career path at UHS and our subsidiaries. We take pride in creating a highly efficient and best in class candidate experience. During the recruitment process, no recruiter or employee will request financial or personal information (Social Security Number, credit card or bank information, etc.) from you via email. The recruiters will not email you from a public webmail client like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.

Pay Transparency:

To encourage pay transparency, promote pay equity, and proactively address regulations, UHS and all our subsidiaries will comply with all applicable state or local laws or regulations which require employers to provide wage or salary range information to job applicants and employees. A posted salary range applies to the current job posting. Salary offers may be based on key factors such as education and related experience.

About United Health Services

Learn More About United Health Services
United Health Services is a healthcare company that provides a range of services including hospitals, surgery centers, and urgent care centers. The company operates in the United States and the United Kingdom. United Health Services was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
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