Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Rutherford Regional Health System in Rutherfordton, NC at LifePoint Health

Date Posted: 3/10/2020

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Rutherford Regional Health System has an opening for the role of Chief Nursing Officer. Founded in 1905, Rutherford Regional Health System is a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare and serves Rutherford County and the surrounding region. It provides a full array of inpatient and outpatient services at its 143-bed acute care facility and a number of physician practices. It is a four-time recipient of the Thompson Reuters Top 100 Performance Improvement Leader designation and has been recognized as one of America's Top 100 Community Hospitals by Becker's Hospital Review.
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Has ultimate administrative responsibility for nursing standards and practice regardless of the practice area or reporting relationship of the nurse. Directs hospital nursing activities within context of hospital policies and procedures.

Ensures continuous and timely nursing services to patients. Ensures nursing standards, practices, policies and procedures, in accordance with all applicable laws, regulatory and accreditation requirements are consistent with current research findings and national professional standards. Directs nursing service Performance Improvement activities. Actively participates in hospital leadership functions. Collaborates with hospital leaders to design and provide patient care and services, including availability of sufficient, qualified nursing staff. Develops, presents and manages budget for nursing services.




Develops and implements overall nursing plan consistent with hospital policies and objectives, to provide continuous nursing care and services.  Develops, implements and interprets nursing and patient care policies, objectives and standards for measurement and maintenance of quality nursing care.  Develops, implements and administers nursing services budget and expense control system.  Prepares master nursing services staffing plan.  Organizes, directs and supervises daily nursing service to assure adequate hospital coverage and quality care.  Recruits, interviews, evaluates and hires qualified personnel to meet patient’s needs.  Participates in the development, implementation and maintenance of the hospital quality assurance and improvement program through evaluation of services rendered, quality improvement, audit of medical records, patient visits and counsel with hospital staff.  Maintains communications with medical and administrative staff through participation in regularly scheduled staff meeting and involvement on hospital medical services committees. Evaluates long and short-range equipment and supply requirements for nursing care by forecasting service levels and quantity of materials on hand.  Directs, plans and implements orientation and educational programs to promote staff training and development.  Recommends and participates in development of new patient care programs for expansion of nursing care services.  Represents hospital in health care programs and professional organizations of associates to serve in a public relations capacity and to stimulate professional growth. 

Job Requirements

Education:Master’s Degree Required (MSN or MHA).

Experience:Minimum of 3-5 years of CNO experience in an investor-owned healthcareorganization. Prior experience in JointCommission preparation and survey process.

Licenses:Licensed Registered Nurse with knowledge of nursing principles, theories andpractice standards with verbal interpersonal and quantitative skills acquiredthrough completion of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing


TravelRequirements: None



The physical demandsdescribed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee tosuccessfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performthe essential functions.

Requires prolonged sitting and some bending, stooping, andstretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient tooperate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and other officeequipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare,and communicate appropriate reports. Requires lifting papers or boxes up to 50pounds occasionally. Work is performed in an office environment and involvesfrequent contact with staff and the public.


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EOEMinorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled


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