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Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville TN


East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) is seeking candidates for Vice President Patient Care Services/ Chief Nursing Officer. The hospital is a not-for-profit, independent pediatric medical center. Designated as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the hospital has full capabilities to care for seriously ill children in a unique pediatric environment and also offers many pediatric subspecialties. Children’s Hospital works jointly with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to ensure that injured children in the region receive the most appropriate trauma care. The Leapfrog Group included ETCH on its 2013 List of Top Hospitals.  ETCH and UT College of Nursing maintain a robust academic-practice partnership that fosters research, collaborative projects and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

The hospital recently celebrated groundbreaking for a 245,000 square-foot, 5-story expansion project featuring a 44-bed single room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, new Operating Rooms, a surgical inpatient unit, expanded services for chronically-ill children, and enhanced family support areas, including a roof garden.

The Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer will be responsible for planning, directing, and implementing progressive models of healthcare;  active participation in hospital-wide strategic planning; developing and attaining goals that support the mission and goals of the organization; and ensuring that the standards of practice and processes are consistent with national standards. The Chief Nursing Officer is accountable, with the Chief Medical Officer, for assuring the highest quality patient care and safety.

The Ideal Candidate for this position will clearly demonstrate the following critical competencies: communication and relationship management; financial/business acumen; ability to inspire; accountability; development of talent; innovative change; strength and focus on strategic leadership. Current and projected initiatives include: Magnet readiness and application; Destination Zero/patient safety; Professional Practice; 20/20 Vision and Strategies; Ideal Patient Care and Experience; Technology advancements; Evidence-Based Practice.

Qualifications include: Master’s degree, along with BSN; Doctorate is preferred;  at least ten years’ experience to include demonstrated increased scope of responsibility; and experience in pediatric nursing. Candidates must have successful experience in program/new service development; collaboration with physician leaders; regulatory compliance; building teams, along with proven ability to develop and mentor leaders; and operational and financial management. Current/eligible professional nursing license in the State of Tennessee is required; Certification in Nursing Administration is preferred.

Knoxville offers a perfect blend of small-town, Southern charm and big-city opportunities, and is known for its hospitality, affordability, and convenience. Nestled at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on the banks of the Tennessee River, the area offers outdoor enthusiasts a wealth of opportunities on area lakes and in the mountains. Cultural activities and college sports abound in this University city. The revitalized historic downtown is abuzz with shows, and offers eclectic shopping, farmers’ markets, theatres, art galleries, and museums.

Bowen & Briggs, Inc., a national search and consulting firm specializing in children’s healthcare, is conducting this search. If you are aware of an exceptional leader who may be interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact us in confidence:

Linnea Nilsen Capshaw, Executive Vice President   Dorothy A Bowen, President
Direct: 202-290-1255 Direct: 843-757-0092