The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for the provision of safe, effective and appropriate patient care through efficient human and fiscal resource management, consistent with the mission, vision, and values of this organization. Functions in the role of administrator in his/her absence.

Departments that report directly to the Chief Nursing Officer are: Med/Surg Unit, ER, Surgery, Infusion Services, Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services, Education, Dietary, Employee Health/Infection Control, Rehabilitation Services (PT, SLP, and OT), Quality, and Pharmacy.

Job Title: Chief Nursing Officer

Type: Full Time, Exempt

Department: Administration

Immediate Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics

Education/Experience/Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: BSN from an accredited college/university. MSN preferred.
  • Experience: Five years of nursing experience and a minimum of two years in senior nursing administration role.
  • Job Knowledge: Knowledge of advanced nursing theories and practices. Knowledge of management/leadership theories and skills, nursing standards, and organizational skills.
  • Required Certification/Licensure: Current RN license in Washington State, Current BLS certification
  • Continuing Education: Study in the area of management leadership and other position related fields including changes in administration of nursing care.
  • Resides within 30 minutes driving distance of the hospital.
  • Completes all licensure and/or certification requirements.

Performance Responsibilities:

Refer to Nursing ADL’s. To include but not be limited to:

1) Clinical Practice/Patient Care: The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for all care rendered to patients.

  • Assure nursing practice is consistent with laws governing nursing practice in Washington State and/or prescribed by CMS or other governmental entity with jurisdiction.
  • Ensures the department/areas comply with regulatory requirements. Responsible for Washington DOH Survey readiness.

2) The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for the organization, direction, control, and functioning of patient care areas throughout the organization.

  • Oversees the development of department goals and objectives, and establishes policies, procedures, and protocols for department operation.
  • Coordination of specific committees within the hospital.
  • Oversees the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and evaluating personnel.
  • Develops standards of performance and initiates or makes recommendations for personnel actions.
  • Responsible for the readiness for the WA. Department of Health/CMS survey

3) Administration/Communication: The Chief Nursing Officer provides input to the CEO relating to patient care concerns or opportunities. Participates in various assigned hospital tasks as needed.

  • Serves as liaison for patient care areas with other departments, medical staff, and Administration.
  • Participates in hospital/medical staff committee meetings as required.
  • Assists managers in the preparation of hospital/departmental budgets and allocation of funds.
  • Directs the preparation and maintenance of department reports. Prepares periodic reports for top management, as required.
  • Responsible for Quality assurance programs, initiatives, and activities.

4) Education: The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for creating an environment conducive to personal and professional growth for all staff.

  • Attends and serves on professional/civic organizations as hospital representative.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.
  • Maintains current license.
  • Meets management expectations as outlined.
  • Maintains a neat, professional appearance.
  • Promotes guest relations philosophy in interaction with patients, their families, physicians, visitors, and staff.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned by the CEO.
  • Employees are required to complete all training on time.
  • Contributes to a culture of Patient Centered Care.
  • Contributes to a safe work environment.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the team and serves as a mentor to co-workers.
  • Employee maintains practices of financial stewardship.

5) Personal Characteristics:

  • Relaxed, confident manner that exhibits self-assurance and good self esteem.
  • Exemplifies a professional viable model both in action and appearance.
  • Organized, systematic approach to problem solving and goal setting as it relates to the delivery of quality patient care and the mission, vision and values of OBHMC.
  • Exhibits and fosters a positive, supportive, enthusiastic attitude.


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