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Associate Nursing Officer for Cardiovascular and Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Closing date
May 18, 2022

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Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Doctors, Cardiovascular Medicine, Nursing
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Associate Nursing Officer for Cardiovascular and Neuroscience
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Job ExecutivePrimary Location TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)Organization CNO - VUH Hospital 201018Shift Days


Vanderbilt University Medical Center Executive Search Team is conducting a national search for a Associate Nursing Officer, for Cardiovascular and Neuroscience. The Senior Nursing Director will report directly to the Associate Nursing Officer of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital (VUH).The Associate Nursing Officer, for Cardiovascular and Neuroscience partners with an Associate Chief of Staff and an Associate Operating Officer to provide general management for the operations of the inpatient services of Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and Neuroscience VHVI). The ANO provides leadership for all nursing practice and administrative oversight in support of the mission, credo, and vision of VUMC and of Vanderbilt Nursing. In partnership with the Associate Operating Officer and the Associate Chief of Staff, the ANO will have strategic and operating authority for ICUs, step-downs and general care units, cardiac cath and EP labs, telemetry and inpatient neuro diagnostics. The ANO has line authority for staff within the scope of responsibility and is supported by Managers of Patient Care Services and a Senior Associate of Nursing. This role is a critical part of the senior leadership team in Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and will provide leadership and direction in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities within the Heart and neuro segment as well as across the enterprise to ensure the highest level of achievement of goals established for performance in quality, service, people, finance and growth and innovation.

The ANO reports directly to the Chief Nursing Officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital.


  • Establish the mission, strategic plan, operational/programmatic plans, and practices for the PCC.
  • Lead activities related to performance, improvement, and risk management programs in order to establish and meet clinical quality goals, effective cost management, patient satisfaction, and business goals.
  • Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical programs and services, assuring appropriate resources for the delivery of care.
  • Builds and maintains key strategic partnerships, both internally across VUMC and within the marketplace, that facilitate achievement of goals and objectives.

  • Works within a matrix relationship with leaders to oversee operations of the PCC and collaborates with core service leadership in the management of clinical core functions (i.e. lab, pharmacy, transport, etc.).
  • Identify significant disease conditions relevant to the PCC; Specifically engineer measurable clinical processes and establish appropriate clinical pathways across the continuum Implement cost improvement initiatives to improve value to the patient in the management of the specific disease conditions(s).
  • Demonstrate high level of knowledge of the patient population served and of the requirements for delivery of services.
  • As assigned, represents VUMC in various meetings and organizations where VUMC maintains membership.
  • Design, implement, evaluate and market programs to maximize clinical outcomes, functional status, patient/customer satisfaction and reimbursement
  • Lead and provide feedback to direct reports with full responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling the work procedures; analyze and evaluate ongoing department programs to identify areas where adjustments/improvements are needed; provide advice/consultation to others regarding problems.
  • Leads the transition of care initiatives in the PCC, with a focus on top disease conditions.
  • Define criteria related to the selection and acquisition of equipment, outside vendors, supplies, and support services, subject to the final approval process.
  • Participates in the planning and promotion of community health programs related to the PCC.
  • Support, promote and integrate research activities in the accordance with the Division, Department, or VUMC goals.
  • Promote and monitor the effective utilization of the assigned space in support of the PCC's goals.
  • Ensure the most effective operations of the PCC through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments

Recruitment/Retention/Performance Management
  • Define the qualifications and performance expectations for all staff positions through the Performance Development system, including PCC specific job descriptions and measurable performance standards.
  • Play an active role in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, orienting and retaining high level talent at all levels.
  • Actively engage in processes that develop and reward high performers while addressing performance improvement needs through coaching, accountability plans and disciplinary action.
  • Creates an environment that fosters staff and leader satisfaction and excellence in performance

  • Model behavior consistent with the credo, mission, vision, and values of the enterprise through leading, coordinating projects, innovating, initiating improvement, and developing new programs. Likewise, model appropriate behavior in all interactions with patients, families, and staff.
  • Communicate within and across departments to maximize effectiveness, efficiently and information sharing.
  • Create an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning for all staff.
  • Promotes Shared Governance model throughout the PCC.
  • Attend quarterly PCC Leadership team meetings.
  • Meet at least monthly with the members of the PCC leadership team to review clinical performance data.

Compliance and Regulatory
  • Review, approve, communicate, and implement clinical protocols, policies and procedures, in an effort to facilitate efficient and effective practices.
  • Responsible for coordinating and ensuring regulatory compliance with all State/Federal and JCAHO standards as evidenced by successful surveys and inspections.
  • Maintain readiness for internal and external survey/inspections by assuring that all faculty and staff are knowledgeable of regulatory standards applicable to their work and ensuring that standards are met within the PCC to assure Clinical Enterprise accreditation/licensure.

Growth and Business Development
  • Develops and coordinates the strategic growth objectives for the PCC to meet the mission for VUMC.
  • Responsible for crafting operational plans to achieve target performance and growth.
  • Evaluates changing demographic, legal and technical developments in the field and initiate new or enhanced programs responsive to such needs.
  • Engage the medical staff, employees, and community to seek innovative program enhancements that benefit the community and financial health of the PCC.

  • Reduce operational costs and increase revenues based on knowledge of market trends, operating procedures and reimbursement matters.
  • Participate in the preparation of the annual operating budget, including direct labor, material and supplies, services, equipment maintenance and replacement.
  • Ensure financial targets are met or exceeded.
  • Evaluate organizational functions and structures to best determine the allocation and utilization of resources.
  • Coordinate capital purchase decision-making within the PCC to align with strategic goals.

Performance Development:
  • Coordinates the development of performance standards, objectives, evaluations, appropriate pay and opportunity for growth and development of staff.
  • Adapt and align organizational structures to optimize efficient and effectiveness of services.

Quality and Service:
  • Reviews PCC performance in relation to established goals, implementing changes to effect continual improvement in the services provided.
  • Create and exceed service standards utilizing key service dimension and from knowledge of patient/customer expectations and best practice.
  • Monitor patient satisfaction scores for the PCC and collaborates with other leaders to develop and implement action plans to address issues.
  • Standardize services, processes, resources, and practices where appropriate to improve efficiency maximizing continuity of patient care while maintaining professional standards within disciplines and across the PCC.
  • Lead activities related to performance improvement, and risk management programs in order to establish and meet clinical quality goals, effective cost management, and patient satisfaction.
  • Lead the development and implementation of work systems, with a focus on enhancing system reliability.

1. Nursing degree required. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Doctorate in nursing. 2. Masters degree or higher education required. 3. If nursing degree at Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) level, then masters can be non-nursing degree. and 10+ years of senior leadership experience in field

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

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