Chief Nursing Officer Opportunity: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking a dynamic nursing executive for a key, strategic leadership position. Required is expertise in all parts of current nursing processes and methods, a demonstrated successful track record in nursing leadership, and an outstanding reputation to guide the growth and development of the Department of Nursing personnel and services in the Integrated Clinical Enterprise at UAMS. This position requires a vision that is transformative of patient care and outcomes to lead UAMS in the delivery and growth of nationally recognized nursing services within an already thriving nursing program.
The candidate must possess skills that translate into a daily work style of collaboration, flexibility and pragmatic implementation. The ideal candidate has excellent interpersonal leadership skills, clinical nursing mastery, financial management and cost control proficiency, record of excellence in initiating and evaluating clinical care quality and patient safety, and ease with customer service while growing talent in a teamwork-driven position of high visibility.
The Chief Nursing Officer serves as a vital partner in framing the strategic direction for UAMS Nursing within the UAMS Clinical Enterprise, through multidisciplinary collaboration with leadership across the campus, as an integral member of the executive leadership team.
The contribution of the Chief Nursing Officer is fundamental to furthering the overarching UAMS health care mission: To improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world.
All inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Chief Nursing Officer are welcome.
About the Department of Nursing: The Department of Nursing has over 1700 direct care nurses with 270 plus nurses in leadership roles and 135 APRNs who work in Arkansas’ only academic medical center, where learning and growing professionally is part of the mission. The Nursing Service Line within the UAMS Integrated Clinical Enterprise provides care to patients and families in the following structure of Service Line groupings: Inpatient Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Perioperative Care, Women and Infants, Cancer, Musculoskeletal, Surgical Specialties, Behavioral Health, Integrated Medicine and Neurosciences.
UAMS was voted ‘Best Hospital for Nurses in 2017’ in the State of Arkansas!
Currently working toward Magnet status in nursing.
The UAMS Center for Nursing Excellence (CNE) was established in 2009 to provide the framework and structures necessary to achieve a professional nursing environment. The CNE provides a variety of resources and supports with an abundance of opportunities for professional growth, development and retention:
Support for Certification Review and Exam (497 nationally certified nurses)
Our “Clinical Ladder” for professional advancement of the specialty at UAMS includes, a required advancement track from RN I – RN III with optional advancement to RN IV clinical/ management tracks and/or RN V – expert track and/or Resources Nurse in several specialty areas
Robust recognition programs including the monthly “DAISY Award” and six additional annual nursing awards
Nursing Research/Innovation support through the UAMS College of Nursing and the UAMS Integrated Clinical Enterprise
Evidenced-based Practice and Quality Improvement projects in the UAMS Nursing Service Line
Nursing Community Outreach Programs
New Graduate RN Residency Program
RN “Refer A Nurse” Program
The UAMS Nurses Face Book page: The only nurse-driven face book page in state of Arkansas with 3.5K followers.
Role & Responsibilities:
Formulate, in conjunction with the faculty, nursing and Integrated Clinical Enterprise leadership, a clear vision and strategic plan of the short and long term goals and objectives of the Department and provide regular feedback on performance - jointly identifying goals and monitoring progress toward goals.
Demonstrate the leadership, management ability, and administrative experience to take the Department to the next level of achievement.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including operational leadership, educational partners, and community stakeholders.
Organizes, directs, and administers the Nursing/Patient Care Services in order to provide the level of care required by current medical and nursing standards.
Responsible for developing and managing nursing services budget to insure maximum effectiveness of funds expended
Assist and develop strategic initiatives to generate additional sources of profitable revenue
Maintains continuing quality assessment and improvement analysis and evaluation of patient care delivery and communicates with senior leadership on the activities/issues of Nursing/Patient Care Services.
Participates in policy decisions that affect Nursing/Patient Care Services in the hospital
Candidate Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
Master’s or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field required, BSN required if Graduate degree is not a nursing degree.
Ten years of progressive management experience in hospital nursing; or, authority and responsibility in a similar size organization, with similar scope and complexity of UAMS.
Evidence of continuing education, having or working toward pertinent professional certifications for an executive administration role at this level and scope.
Current, active involvement within local, regional and national healthcare administration arena is a strong plus.
Proven experience leading a nursing organization to achieve/maintain Magnet designation a strong plus.
Possesses a record for implementing nursing strategic and operational initiatives, achieving measurable key objectives.
Reputation for building a culture of accountability and performance. Record of service as an excellent role model of professional nursing standards and practice.
Experience in operational and financial management and leadership in a hospital or academic health center Leadership as well as organizational and interpersonal skills needed to effectively operate in the complex environment of an academic health center
Ability to effectively represent UAMS to the community to enhance “good will” and advance positive community relations. Experience in developing affiliations with educational institutions for the use of the clinical facilities by students in nursing and allied health professions, is required.
Preferred Professional Experience:
A change agent with start-to-finish change leadership involving demonstrated ability to advance processes/programs. Possesses a management style and philosophy based on enabling, leading and inspiring rather than on hierarchy and directives
Commitment to employee, environmental and patient safety and quality initiatives
Strong commitment to interdisciplinary cooperation and learning
Demonstrated track record of mentorship and evidence of having developed others in their academic careers
Understanding of compliance requirements at the federal and state levels
Computer literate; working knowledge and familiarity with applicable data collection and monitoring systems and packages.
Familiarity with current computer technology, online and offline resources, and technological advances as they relate to clinical education and nursing practice.
Preferred Personal Characteristics:
Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm
Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition
Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
Demonstrated commitment to diversity
Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others
Unquestioned personal integrity
Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590.
Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas. We are the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.
UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and our regional campus in northwest Arkansas.
With our combination of education, research and clinical programs, UAMS has a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in the state. Our assets include:
A statewide network of regional health education centers
Advanced telehealth and telemedicine program
The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
The Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute
The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
The Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute
The Psychiatric Research Institute
The Translational Research Institute