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Assistant Chief Nursing Officer

Job ID: R028371

Duluth, Minnesota

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Job ID R028371
Building Location
St Marys Medical Center
45100 Nursing Administration

Job Description:
In this position you would assist the CNO in executive-level management of resources, strategic planning and development of policies and procedures which ensure congruence with the mission and vision of the organization. As the ACNO has operational and functional responsibility for a group of patient care areas and/or special projects or initiatives. Assisting the CNO in developing and managing the nursing services budget and ensuring sufficient number of qualified staff to assess patient needs. You would ensure that continuous performance improvement initiatives are designed to measure and improve the quality of care delivered and are consistent with the organization priorities. You will work collaboratively with other patient care and support departments, fostering a climate of open communication and mutual problem solving activities. Initiates and participates in joint performance improvement activities. You would assist in managing costs by continually seeking data that will identify opportunities and take action to eliminate non-value costs. Assume primary responsibility for projects or task groups as assigned, keeping colleagues informed of the progress toward desired outcome. Actively participates with others in planning activities associated with design or implementation of renovation or new construction of patient care areas. In addition you will assist in planning new services that generate additional sources of profitable revenue. Develop strong relationships with physician leadership teams including Division Chairs, Section Chairs and Quality Champions. You will foster independence and autonomy in all staff members in areas of responsibility. Actively seek those activities which promote/encourage independent thinking/problem solving behaviors. You would assume responsibility for continuing education and developmental needs. Serve as a positive, professional role model. Regularly round on key constituents (patients, families, employees, and physicians) to enhance communication, ensure alignment, oversee operations, and that the experience is exceptional. Actively be involved in creating a professional practice environment that encourages recruitment and retention of staff in the nursing department. Assist in providing leadership to nurse colleagues that will engage their support, create ownership of goals, and have them actively participate in decisions that impact their practice. Foster a culture conducive to evidence-based practice and clinical research. Ensure follow-up to patient complaints and occurrence reports is thorough and timely. Identify system problems that may contribute to errors and monitors corrective actions to ensure effective resolution. You will collaborate with nursing educators to ensure that identified learning needs of the nursing staff are promptly addressed and that orientees receive the proper preparation to become independent practitioners. Develop and maintain close working relationships with physician colleagues and other healthcare providers in assigned areas. Collaborate with these individuals to set goals for the areas or develops action plans for patient care or system improvement. ***

Education Qualifications:

You will be a part of a team that is greatly evolving!


Bachelor's degree Nursing required.

Master's degree in nursing or another appropriate postgraduate health science degree is required or proof of enrollment with a written plan to advanced degree completion is required.

Doctorate of Nursing is preferred.

Current Registered Nurse license without restrictions required.
Specialty certification in Executive Nursing Practice and/or Healthcare Administration preferred with a written plan to complete within 2 years of hire date.
Membership in American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) preferred.

Work Experience:
10 years of experience in management and supervisory nursing role; most recent 5 years of leadership must have been in a direct leadership role in a hospital setting or direct patient care environment required.


Our Benefits are exceptional and Include:

~Tuition Reimbursement/Assistance Program

~Paid Personal Leave

~401k (with Essentia Health annual match)

~Life and Disability Insurance options

~Adoption Assistance

~Employee wellness program

~Medical & Dental insurance options

Be a part of a Healthcare organization that invests in you and your career.

Apply now and help us continue to raise the bar in patient care!

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Effective December 1, 2019: Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer assessment, including a urine drug screen, immunization review, proof of required vaccinations, and background check. Essentia Health is committed to maintaining a work environment free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol.

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