Associate Vice President,Chief Nursing Officer

University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center   •  

Dallas, TX

Industry: Hospitals & Medical Centers


11 - 15 years

Posted 27 days ago


The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) will be responsible for nursing practice throughout the hospital organization including inpatient, outpatient, operative and emergency departments. Provides overall direction for the delivery of nursing and patient care at the University Hospitals.


Identifies and articulates the vision and strategic direction for the discipline of Nursing and collaborates on the implementation of strategies to achieve them.

Provides guidance for the development of strategies to promote the recruitment, retention, and recognition of excellence in Nursing; including recommendations regarding compensation and benefit programs for nursing staff.

Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical programs and services, assuring appropriate resources for the delivery of care.

Serves as the senior spokesperson for Nursing in University Hospitals. Advises the senior leadership and individual clinical facilities other groups (including the medical staff) by providing input about the implications of decisions and change on the quality of patient care, on nursing practice, and on nursing care providers.

Promotes and fosters a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, and the coordination of care among disciplines.

Assures that the patient care delivery model(s), clinical and staffing standards for nursing are consistent with current research and professional standards and with the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

Assures continuity and consistency of nursing care across individual organizations by assuring that all nursing services are provided in compliance with all applicable standards and requirements of the JCAHO, the State Board of Nursing, and all other applicable regulatory bodies; promotes and actively seeks recognition beyond the regulatory requirements, for patient care services and for nursing.

Collaborates with the local nursing schools to maximize recruitment while ensuring an effective learning environment for students.

Fosters a patient-care culture that emphasizes patient safety and excellence in all aspects of care working collaboratively with the medical staff and medical staff leadership to ensure the highest quality patient care.

Performs other duties as assigned.



Masters degree in healthcare administration, nursing, finance, business, or a related field with a minimum of ten (10) years progressive leadership experience in a large, complex health care system. PhD preferred.


  • Work requires ability to ensure adherence to all policies and procedures of university.
  • Work requires ability to effectively interpret and apply organizational policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Work requires proven supervisory, customer service, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Work requires ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise work of employees as necessary to ensure desired results are achieved.
  • Work may require telephone and personal contact with all levels of internal and external personnel and organizations.
  • Work may require ability to monitor and maintain budget.

  • The following is the acronym, "PACT", and is fundamental to all non clinical positions at UT Southwestern Medical Center:

  • P-Problem Solving: Employees take ownership in solving problems effectively, efficiently, and to the satisfaction of customers, or managers. They show initiative in addressing areas of concern before they become problems.
  • A-Ability, Attitude and Accountability: Employees exhibit ability to perform their job and conduct themselves in a professional and positive manner reflecting a professional environment readily assuming obligations in a dependable and reliable manner.
  • C-Communication, Contribution, and Collaboration: Who are our Customers? Anyone who requests our help, needs our work product, or receives our services. Employees focus on customer service with creative solutions while improving the customer experience through clear, courteous, and timely delivery and communication. Sharing ideas with others helps expand our contribution to department goals.
  • T-Teamwork: Employees work to contribute to the departments success by supporting co-workers, promoting excellence in work product and customer service, and in maintaining a satisfying, caring environment for each other.