Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA at Health Support Center

Date Posted: 5/24/2018

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Job Description

Health Support Center


The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) directs hospital nursing activities within the context of nursing standards and hospital policies and procedures.


  • To perform this job, an individual must perform each essential function satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Ensure nursing standards, practices, policies and procedures are administered in accordance with all applicable laws, regulatory and accreditation requirements and are consistent with current research findings and national professional standards.

  • Direct nursing service performance improvement activities and actively participate in hospital leadership functions.

  • Collaborate with hospital leaders to design and provide patient care and services, including availability of sufficient, qualified nursing staff.

  • Develop and implement overall nursing plan consistent with hospital policies and objectives, to provide continu-ous nursing care and services.

  • Develop, implement, and interpret nursing and patient care policies, objectives, and standards for measurement and maintenance of quality nursing care.

  • Develop, implement, administer, present, and manage nursing services budget and expense control system.

  • Prepare master nursing services staffing plan and participate in recruiting, interviewing, evaluating, and hiring qual-ified personnel to meet patient’s needs.

  • Organize, direct, and supervise daily nursing service to assure adequate hospital coverage and quality care.

  • Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of the hospital quality assurance and improve-ment program through evaluation of services rendered, quality improvement, audit of medical records, patient visits and counsel with hospital staff.

  • Maintain communications with medical and administrative staff through participation in regularly scheduled staff meeting and involvement on hospital medical services committees.

  • Evaluate long and short-range equipment and supply requirements for nursing care by forecasting service levels and quantity of materials on hand.

  • Direct, plan, and implement orientation and educational programs to promote staff training and development. 

  • Recommend and participate in development of new patient care programs for expansion of nursing care services.

  • Represent hospital in health care programs and professional organizations of associates to serve in a public rela-tions capacity and to stimulate professional growth. 

Regular and reliable attendance.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Information:

  • Position serves both internal co-workers and external customers, clients, patients, contractors, and vendors.

  • Access to and/or works with sensitive and/or confidential information.

  • Exhibit a comprehensive understanding of healthcare regulatory and compliance (e.g., HIPAA).  Skilled in the ap-plication of policies and procedures.  Knowledge of Business Office Standards and Recommended Practices.


  • Manage the work of others, including planning, assigning, scheduling and reviewing work, ensures quality stand-ards. Responsible for hiring, terminating, training and developing, reviewing performance and administering cor-rective action for staff.

Job Requirements


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing; Master’s Degree Preferred.

Experience: Minimum 15 years’ experience with 3-5 years of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) experience in an inves-tor-owned healthcare organization; Prior experience in Joint Commission preparation and survey process preferred.

Certifications: Registered Nurse (RN) Certification.

Licenses: Registered Nurse (RN) License.

Skills and Abilities:

Business Mathematical Skills -- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rates, ratios, and percentages and to draw and in-terpret graphs.

Moderate Computer Skills -- Frequent use of electronic mail, word processing, data entry, spreadsheets, graphics, etc. Ability to create, maintain and incorporate simple functions into documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations to support business objectives.

Organizational Communication -- Handles broad-based complex information across departments with company-wide impact. Presents to diverse audiences, and can negotiate, motivate and persuade others.

Organizational Business Problems -- Problems are broad, complex and abstract, often involving company-wide is-sues. Must develop solutions using substantial creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, negotiation and diplomacy.

Organizational Impact -- Decisions have significant, broad implications for the management and operations of a division. Job contributes to decisions on the overall strategy and direction of LifePoint.

Organizational Judgement -- Sets direction and vision for major departments or multiple departments. Establishes priorities, develops policies and allocates resources for LifePoint.

Organizational Planning/Organization -- Prioritize, organize, and delegate project assignments company-wide: responsible for project outcomes.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successful-ly perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for extended pe-riods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Repetitive motion of upper body required for extended use of computer. Required specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

Works in well-lit, ventilated and climate controlled office environment with routine office equipment; some equipment has moving mechanical parts.

In hospital environment, may be exposed to hazards and unusual elements, which may include but are not limited to bloodborne pathogens and / or contagious illnesses, toxic chemicals, and biohazardous materials which may require extensive safety precautions and the use of protective equipment.

Noise level in the work environment is typical for an office and/or hospital environment.

Moderate overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.

LifePoint Health is committed to being a place where employees want to work and takes seriously our responsibility to comply with all regulatory and legal guidelines throughout the recruitment and hiring process. The recruiting process with LifePoint Health will always include emails to job candidates from an address ending in “”, as well as at least one phone interview and/or in-person interview prior to hiring.

Equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran


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