Skip to content

Tenet Health

Search Jobs

Current Employees

Job Details

Chief Nursing Officer, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama

  • Job ID 2005026204
  • Date posted 08/11/2020
  • Facility Tenet Executive Search

The Chief Nursing Officer provides strategic leadership as the senior executive position responsible for all nursing and other designated patient care functions and services within the hospital organization. The role assumes responsibility for assessing, planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating nursing practice on a facility level. The role assumes 24/7 responsibility and has accountability to ensure high quality, safe and appropriate nursing care, competency of clinical staff, and appropriate resource management related to patient care. The Chief Nursing Officer represents nursing concerns on the governing board and at medical staff leadership meetings.


  • Retaining great people at the facility
  • Collaborate with human resources and other team members to select, on-board, orient, and provide coaching for direct reports.
  • Evaluate and monitor facility level people pillar statistics, participate on related calls as necessary.
  • Consider and/or implement nurse residency programs to ensure pipeline for facility.
  • Collaborate with team members to formulate programs to enhance work life balance.
  • Partner with related team members to promote a safe work environment that is based on a zero tolerance for sexual harassment, workplace violence and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Collaborate with related team members to promote an effective facility level competency program.

Communication and Relationship Building

Effectively communicate with all internal and external constituents, including staff, colleagues, and physicians.

Communicate and administer human resource programs and procedures in accordance with established policies.

Manage organizational relationships in a manner which builds mutual trust and respect. Establish trusting and collaborative relationships.

Address and manage conflict in a constructive and productive manner.

Give timely feedback and reinforce positive behaviors.

Leadership Influence

Create and communicate a compelling shared vision.

Develop effective strategies for addressing organizational priorities.

Develop, communicate and monitor performance expectations.

Formulate objectives, goals, and specific strategies related to the organization s mission and vision.

Understand effective organizational outcome measures in order to balance cost, quality and service.

Measure and analyze performance from the learning and growth, business process, customer, and financial perspectives.

Promote a results-oriented environment.

Develop succession plan for nursing leadership.

Demonstrate effective change management; able to serve as an organizational change agent.

Coach and mentor aspiring nurse leaders.


Create an environment that recognizes and values diversity.

Develop processes to incorporate cultural beliefs into care.

Design strategies that address the unique needs of a diverse workforce, patient population, and community.

Assess the current environment and establish indicators of progress toward cultural competency.

Shared decision-making/Shared Leadership

Engage staff and others in decision-making.

Promote decisions that are patient-centered.

Provide an environment conducive to opinion-sharing.

Promote systems thinking as a value in the nursing organization.

Consider the impact of nursing decisions on the health care organization as a whole.

Provide leadership in building loyalty and commitment throughout the organization.

Clinical Practice Leadership

Understand and articulate patient care standards reflected in federal and state regulation, TJC, the state Nurse Practice Act, and organizational policies and procedures.

Maintain knowledge of current nursing practice and roles and functions within nursing and other healthcare disciplines.

Maintain current knowledge of patient care delivery systems and innovations.

Academic Relationships

Provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment for nursing students.

Participate in the academic community through advisory and collaborative efforts.

Ensure that the educational system is aligned with organizational needs.

Collaborate with nursing programs to provide required resources; evaluate graduates.

Collaborate with academia in nursing research and incorporate nursing research into practice.

Resource Management

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of organizational revenue, expense performance and capital planning.

Manage fiscal, human and material resources in a cost effective manner.

Design and maintain effective systems for resource management in nursing.

Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management

Contribute to the development and implementation of the organization s performance improvement program. Support the development and implementation of an organization-wide patient safety program.

Monitor and evaluate quality through public reported measure (i.e. core measures, nurse sensitive patient outcomes, infection control, etc) in collaboration with the facility DCQI and ICP, as well as national resources.

Actively participate in facility clinical close calls.

Define quality metrics by identifying the problem/process, measuring success at improving specific areas of patient care, analyzing the root causes or variation from quality standards, improving the process with the evidence, controlling solutions and sustaining success.

Interpret information from research.

Participate in studies that provide outcome measurements.

Utilize research findings for the establishment of standards, practices, and patient care models in the organization.

Disseminate research findings to patient care team members.
Support the development of a facility-wide patient safety program.

Support a non-punitive environment and a reward system for reporting unsafe practices.

Design safe clinical systems, processes, policies and procedures.

Information management and technology

Supports and embraces role in the adoption of EMR within facility.

Demonstrates basic competency in technology applications related to business and clinical functions.

Recognizes the relevance of nursing data for improving practice.

Utilizes facility database management, decision support, and expert system programs to access information and analyze data from disparate sources for use in planning for patient care processes and systems.

Participates in system change processes and utility analysis.

Evaluates and revises patient care processes and systems.

Participates in the evaluation of information systems in practice settings.

Uses computerized management systems to record administrative data (billing data, quality assurance data, workload data, etc.).


Monitor and evaluate service indicators in collaboration with related team members at the facility level.

Facilitate education of employees related to service.

Actively facilitate Physician satisfaction survey, monitors results and collaborates with facility team members to develop and implement action plans.

Monitor and evaluate results of annual Employee Satisfaction Survey and collaborate with related team members to develop and implement action plans.

Professional Role Model

Advocate for nursing.

Assume personal and professional accountability.

Follow through on commitments.

Integrate high ethical standards and core values into everyday work activities.

Maintain a professional network of colleagues.

As a leader in healthcare, Tenet is committed to providing the best possible care to every patient, with a clear focus on quality and service. Strong leadership is essential to delivering on this commitment, and we believe that the quality of our leaders can give us a significant long-term competitive advantage. We want to ensure every current and future leader in Tenet is successful, and we support that through our selection and hiring process and by providing coaching and training to our leaders.

In this regard, we have identified core competencies that will enable a leader to succeed at Tenet, and have defined them within the following five areas critical to performance:

Use Astute Judgment

Promotes decisions that are patient-centered (e.g., plans to reduce noise in patient areas at night).

Promotes systems thinking as a value in the nursing organization. Synthesizes and integrates divergent viewpoints for the good of the organization (e.g., implements shared governance councils).

Considers impact of nursing decisions on the healthcare organization as a whole (e.g., reduces falls, pressure ulcers, and other nurse sensitive patient outcomes).

Provides leadership in building loyalty and commitment throughout the organization (e.g., builds career development path for high performing staff).

Assures that the clinical perspective is included in organizational decisions (e.g., leads work that results in successful JC accreditation).

Shape Strategy

Formulates objectives, goals, and specific strategies related to the organization s mission and vision (e.g. participates in preparing the budget with cost improvements in nursing departments).

Promotes a results-oriented environment (e.g., cascades and measures BSC, CQ BSC, and CNO BSC targets).

Represents nursing/patient care issues within the organization s governance and medical staff structures (e.g. actively participates in governing board by presenting a monthly nursing report).

Represents nursing/patient care in strategic planning and quality initiatives with the governing body (e.g., presents new ideas and external and internal benchmarks at board meetings).

Monitors and evaluates quality through public reported measure (e.g. core measures, nurse sensitive patient outcomes, infection control, VBP risk protection, etc.) in collaboration with the facility DCQI and ICP, as well as national resources.

Apply Financial Insights

Allocates nursing resources based on measurement of patient acuity/care needed (e.g. meets JC conditions of participation for nursing services).

Demonstrates sense of urgency in management of labor expense (e.g., meets targets for SWB).

Ensure Collaboration

Effectively communicates with all internal and external constituents, including staff, colleagues, and physicians (e.g., holds weekly staff meetings with Department Directors, routinely rounds with physicians).

Builds privileged relationships with key internal stakeholders (e.g. CEO, RSVP, etc.) and manages organizational relationships in a manner which builds mutual trust and respect. Addresses and manages conflict in a constructive and productive manner (e.g., immediately addresses a conflict situation between a nurse and physician to a positive outcome).

Actively networks and creates peer relationships with other internal and external nursing leaders (e.g. leadership role in industry organizations, actively mentors, etc.).

Drive Organizational Success

Understands and articulates patient care standards reflected in federal and state regulation, TJC, the state Nurse Practice Act, and organizational policies and procedures.

Ensures that the care delivery model, clinical environment of care and related technology is appropriate to needs of caregivers and patients.

Supports and embraces role in the adoption of EMR within facility and successfully implements within SWB budget.

Recognizes the utility of nursing involvement in the planning, design, choice and implementation of information systems in the practice environment.

Monitors and evaluates service indicators (Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Reports) and implements action plans in collaboration with related team members at the facility level (e.g., action to implement formal discharge calls).

Develop Organizational Talent

Participates in workforce planning to ensure an adequate and competent workforce.

Develops succession plan for nursing leadership (e.g., promotion of RN Directors to ACNO and CNO roles).

Assumes personal and professional accountability (e.g. meets or exceeds requirements for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in the state where employed; maintains required CEUs, actively seeks out career development opportunities, etc.).

Supports a non-punitive environment and a reward system for reporting unsafe practices (e.g. improved scores on Annual ARHQ Patient Safety Survey regarding non-punitive environments for reporting unsafe practices).



  • At least five years of progressive management experience in a facility environment as an Associate Chief Nursing Officer or Nursing Director of multiple, complex nursing departments.
  • Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven leadership ability and facility operational expertise.
  • Ability to serve as role model and advocate for the professional discipline of nursing.
  • Strong labor relations background.
  • An individual able to effectively and efficiently organize patient care promoting optimal outcomes, patient safety, and patient, physician and employee satisfaction.
  • An individual with proven success recruiting, retaining and developing staff. Someone effective in mentoring and developing staff, encouraging professional growth and achievement.
  • Takes the lead in complying with regulatory standards, rules and laws.

Professional Attributes

Proven ability to identify the need for change, anticipating, recognizing and creatively solving resistance to change; working with others to view change as a challenge and opportunity for growth. Displays an ability to be a risk taker and assume the role of change agent. However, someone who understands the importance of collegiality, collaboration and team spirit.

A credible nurse leader who utilizes communication, coaching, sponsorship and training to successfully manage the people-side of change in order to realize successful outcomes of a business change.

One who is positive, creative and innovative with a strong understanding of the business aspects of healthcare and the acumen to play a substantive role in developing strategies, budgets and business plans. Financially astute, with a solid understanding of cost issues and initiatives.

Clearly a leader by example, able to articulate a clear vision and expectations for patient care services and other areas of responsibility.

Personal Attributes

An individual of highest personal and professional integrity, principle and knowledge, earning respect and support when making difficult decisions and choices. Able to establish immediate credibility with peers, senior leadership, medical staff, and the Board.

A collaborative and operational manager who will give employees a voice and encourage full participation of all team members.

Excellent interpersonal skills; a dedicated listener, comfortable in a variety of settings dealing with diverse constituencies; a broad thinker. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

A leader who will inspire confidence and establish a sense of common direction and vision for the medical staff.

An academic degree in nursing is required, and a Master s degree in Nursing or related field (Health Administration, Business, Public Health, or Management) is strongly preferred.

Active and current registered nurse license in the state of residence/practice is required.

Current CENP or NEA certification preferred.

A competitive compensation program will be tailored to the selected candidate. Base salary will be supplemented by a performance bonus and comprehensive, well-rounded benefits program, which includes relocation assistance.

Approximately 25 percent.

Job: Executive Search
Primary Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Facility: Tenet Executive Search

Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Tenet will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Tenet participates in the E-Verify program. Follow the link below for additional information.


Sign Up for Job Alerts

Areas of InterestSearch for a category, location, or category/location pair, select a term from the suggestions, and click "Add".

  • Nursing, Birmingham, Alabama, United StatesRemove
  • Nursing, Birmingham, Alabama, United StatesRemove
  • Executive Search, Birmingham, Alabama, United StatesRemove
  • Tenet Executive Search, Birmingham, Alabama, United StatesRemove
  • Facility, Birmingham, Alabama, United StatesRemove

Related Jobs