Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Network Chief Nursing Officer (Network CNO) is a newly created, system-wide leadership role having key organizational relationships across the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) and within the community. This role will also hold an Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs title at The University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. This position sets the vision and strategy for nursing and advanced practice professional services in all settings across UVMHN. The Network CNO oversees the integration and alignment of nursing care across the system through the identification and adoption of evidence based clinical guidelines and consistent management standards to promote integration, reduce variation, and improve the health of those served. They will be responsible for the overall delivery and management of nursing, to ensure the highest possible standards of clinical effectiveness, patient and staff satisfaction, and cost effectiveness.
The Network CNO is responsible for the advancement of patient care services and clinical technology innovation across the continuum of care with a focus on both strategy and operations. They will have staff accountability for enhancing a clinical practice environment across both inpatient and ambulatory settings that centers on the patient, provides unsurpassed clinical quality and patient safety, focuses on providing significant contributions to education and research, and ensures practice at the highest scope of licensure. They will establish strategic design, execution and support of the network’s strategic priorities through the nursing team. In addition, the Network CNO will champion initiatives to advance care and quality outcomes across the system in an integrated and cost-effective manner and will partner effectively with other network and senior leadership team members.
Participates in the network’s long-range strategic planning activities as a senior member of the executive leadership team promoting excellence in collaborative practice, developing integrated clinical care systems across hospital, ambulatory, and post-acute care environments, and ensuring the continuation of high quality clinical care.
Appreciates that they are an integral leader in a greater enterprise and, as such, will be eager to think and participate in a system context.
Leads the operations of nursing through setting vision and strategy, developing and supporting the implementation of shared goals, and monitoring and evaluating outcomes.
Develops systems which articulate evidence-based standards of patient care and evaluate performance against these standards.
Leads, develops and designs system support for all hospital Chief Nursing Officers and other executives with nursing accountability in the areas of strategic planning and operational leadership.
Partners around the provision of excellence, research and preparation of the next generation of health professionals as well as participates in governance and scholarly activities of the UVM School of Nursing.
In partnership with the Chair of the UVM School of Nursing, facilitates unique interdisciplinary training programs that support the full clinical enterprise.
Works collaboratively with nursing leadership across the network to identify their needs at the various network entities that may involve initiatives around patient throughput, labor management, resource allocation, standards of practice, and clinical informatics.
Appreciates individual cultures of each affiliate organization and creates shared governance necessary to lead and manage high-performing affilaites within an academic health system.
Ensures standardization of quality, accreditation, regulatory, compliance, and patient safety efforts through consistent system-wide implementation and monitoring.
Provides leadership to the organization for the study and development of alternative models of care which increase quality and decrease cost; serves as a content expert for current trends in clinical care, patient safety, and quality to assure UVMHN stays proactive and innovative in clinical care services.
Understands and promotes the adoption and effective use of technology, including information technology, to advance continuity of care.
In partnership with Human Resources, develops a system-wide educational and developmental strategy for the nursing workforce that optimizes clinical outcomes, employee engagement, patient satisfaction, and the internal development and retention of the workforce.
Works to address the professional practice needs of nurses throughout the full continuum of care; develop and promote effective care coordination models to partner with community resources and ensure optimal health for patients outside of the hospital setting.
Translates advances in evidenced based practice and clinical decision making into models of care that fulfill the ability of the practitioner to practice “at the top of their license” in delivering high quality care across the full continuum of care.
Develops effective two-way, system-wide communication strategies and structure relating to key strategic, financial and operational decisions that involve staff nurses and which may impact patient care.
Advances an interdisciplinary shared governance structure that supports effective clinical decision making and high performing teams.
Collaborates with network and local facility leaders to proactively identify strategies that will improve the patient care experience and enhance the value proposition of delivered services.
Acts as a coach and mentor to promote professional growth and accountability among nursing colleagues in order to promote and build the pipeline of future healthcare professionals.
Works closely with the union leadership to affect positive relations, workforce development, and an environment that supports continuous change and adaptability as the health care marketplace continues to
Maintains strong partnerships with The University of Vermont Department of Nursing and other area nursing schools maximizing opportunities for joint clinical and scholarly work.
Represents and promotes UVMHN clinical care locally, regionally, and nationally through health care, and professional organizations, and the media through active participation and engagement.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s, Master’s Degrees in Nursing and/or related fields required. Doctoral degree in Nursing preferred.
At least 10 years of progressive leadership experience as a proven nurse leader within a complex hospital and health system. Experience as a CNO in a multi-hospital, complex environment is preferred.
Eligible for RN licensure in the state of Vermont and New York.
Union and collective bargaining experience preferred.
Demonstrated experience with the ANCC Magnet Recognition program/journey.
Strong operational and financial acumen with the ability to lead and partner around a vision for superior patient-centered care that includes continuous improvements in care coordination, quality, safety, and cost-of-care reductions.
Proven ability to build internal and external relationships, with a demonstrated track record of working successfully with physicians and physician leaders, diverse management teams, community, and system leaders.
Experience working in a highly matrixed environment, demonstrating successful partnership with system and entity senior leadership team(s), clinical leaders, and other key stakeholders to advance organizational objectives.
A “systems thinker” who demonstrates innovation and an understanding and appreciation for the nursing practice across the full continuum of care.
Advanced communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to convey complex information in a confident, clear, concise, and compelling way.
An individual who is known to be a highly effective leader; one who can sit at the executive table to both relate and engage with interdisciplinary teams of clinicians, specifically bedside caregivers.
Strong executive presence and political savvy, including communication skills that enables appreciation for other’s perspectives and offers compelling insights and recommendations.
Knowledgeable about the contemporary issues and trends involved with nursing practice, education and research.
A courageous and innovative individual with a “can do attitude” that can inspire an organization to do its best even in difficult circumstances.
A proactive innovator and problem solver regarding the health care economics facing health systems today.
Experience building partnerships with a School of Nursing and collaborating around the generation of new knowledge and education of future practitioners.
About University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN)
The University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) is a $2.1 billion, integrated health care network with six hospitals, a home health and hospice agency and a multi-specialty physician group serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York. UVMHN's hospitals and physicians bring the best of community and academic medicine together, sharing their knowledge and resources to give patients access to leading-edge technology, advanced treatment options and the highest level of compassionate care—the heart and science of medicine. With well over 4,000 health care providers throughout the region, UVMHN partners work together to offer high-quality care more cost-efficiently and as close to home as possible.
The network is anchored by The University of Vermont Medical Center, a 562-bed academic medical center, and includes five community-based hospitals: Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Central Vermont Medical Center, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Porter Medical Center. The UVMHN Medical Group employs more than 1,000 faculty physicians and community physicians to provide high-quality care to patients served throughout th...e network. UVMHN Home Health & Hospice became the newest member of the network (formerly known as Fletcher Allen Partners) when it joined in January of 2018.
UVMHN was created in October 2011 when Fletcher Allen in Burlington, Vermont, and Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont, signed an affiliation agreement. In January 2016, New York partners Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh and Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown joined the affiliation. As of May 2017, Porter Medical Center, located in Middlebury, Vermont, became the sixth affiliate, with Porter’s President citing that joining UVMHN will “improve access to health care and specialized services and allow Porter to continue to fulfill our mission and improve the overall health of our community.” In January 2018, the UVMHN Home Health & Hospice joined the network.
UVMHN's Governance Structure is comprised of a 22-member board which is self-perpetuating. Incoming affiliates have traditionally been granted a single, one-term seat on the Board. The non-representational Board otherwise draws its members from its affiliate’s boards, the communities they serve, and national health care leaders. The CEO of UVMHN and the Dean of the Larner College of Medicine hold ex officio seats on the Board. The UVMHN Board holds significant reserved powers with respect to each affiliate of the Network.
THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The University of Vermont has been in place for more than 80 years and has four main deaprtments housed in the college: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Biomedical and Health Sciences; Nursing; and Rehabilitation and Movement Science. There are 11,000 students total and the Nursing department is the largest with 1,200 enrollees.
Nursing students benefit from an interdisciplinary education that integrates clinical practice through simulation and real-world experience, guided by expert faculty clinicians in a premier academic medical center and facilities around the region. The affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network creates a unique network among medical, nursing and other health sciences professionals that offers unparalleled experience beyond the classroom. The college offers undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees.