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THIS POSITION IS LOCATED
IN PEARSALL, TX
Frio Regional Hospital (FRH) is located approximately 50
miles south of San Antonio on IH 35 between San Antonio and Laredo, TX.
Frio Regional Hospital is a small, rural community-based hospital and a
CMS-accredited 22-bed facility, servicing the residents of Pearsall and its
surrounding communities within Frio County. Services include a Level IV,
24-hour emergency trauma center, general acute care, and outpatient, surgical
and obstetrical services.
The hospital has received national recognition from
the National Office of State Offices of Rural Health in both clinical quality
and financial stability. FRH primarily serves the health needs of an
underserved, minority and impoverished rural population. A large
percentage of Frio County’s population are low-to moderate-income Hispanics who
are at risk for many diseases and afflictions, brought on by poverty and lack
of education, preventive care, health insurance, and lifestyle choices.
The citizens of Frio County are among the least economically viable and most
medically at-risk populations in Texas. Quality of life factors rank the
county 236 out of 244 in Texas, with Health Behaviors and Health Factors
rankings of 159 and 201, respectively. We are the only hospital
serving this county.
The Chief Nursing Officer
(CNO) has overall authority for providing leadership, direction, and
administration of direct patient care activities, nursing practice, and nursing
education and development across the organization. The CNO is responsible for driving,
supporting and modeling a culture focused on employee engagement, quality,
patient safety, fiscal responsibility, and the overall patient experience. The role assumes 24/7
responsibility and has accountability to ensure high quality, safe and appropriate
nursing care, competency of clinical staff, and appropriate resource management
related to patient care.
Operations & Outcomes
- Strategizes and drives
process improvements focused on innovative care delivery to improve clinical
services, outcomes, and patient safety.
- Collaborates with other
disciplines for the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures that
address how patient care needs of the patient population served are assessed,
met, and evaluated.
- Ensures patient and
family centered care is comprehensive and coordinated and monitored for
effectiveness through the quality improvement that leads to systematic
improvements over time resulting in outcomes measures that outperform benchmark
statistic of national database used in patient and nursing sensitive
interdisciplinary collaboration with clear expectations and direction to all
practicing nurses about the importance of partnerships with patient, families,
and with all disciplines to ensure a comprehensive care plan.
- Enhances quality outcomes
by partnering with leadership (CEO, CFO, and/or Chief of Staff and/or Director
of Medical Staff) for shared clinical decision making, and also has overall
responsibility for all of patient care.
- Serves as a member of the executive leadership team,
building and supporting effective collegial relationships with applicable
internal and external constituents and stakeholders and ensuring optimal
operating effectiveness and strategic positioning.
- Assumes an active role with the hospital’s governing
body, senior leadership, medical staff, management, and other clinical leaders
in the hospital’s decision-making structure and process. Communicates expectations, develops leaders
and evolves the organization to meet current and anticipated needs and
- Promotes relationships among all types of community
organizations to improve patient outcomes and the health of the communities
- Establishes structures, systematic and equitable processes
and expectations that support lifelong professional learning, role development
and career enhacement.
- Collaborates with directors in hiring, orientation,
evaluation, discipline, and education of all clinical staff.
- Regularly rounds on key constituents (patients, families,
employees, and physicians) to enhance communication, ensure alignment, oversee
operations, and that the experience is exceptional.
- Establishes mechanisms to assure nurses throughout the organization
are involved in shared governance and decision-making structures and processes
that establish standards of practice and address issues of concern.
- Assures the flow of information and decision-making is
bi-directional and horizontal between and among professional nurses at the
bedside, the leadership team, and the CNO.
- Establishes and enhances a culture of evidence-base
decision-making in Approves nursing policies, nursing standards of patient
care, treatment and services.
- Establishes a Professional Practice Model that
illustrates alignment and intregation of nursing practice with the mission,
vision, philosophy, and values that nursing has adopted.
consistent positive interactions that advance the agenda of unparalleled
and adhering to the “Code of Conduct” philosophy and “Mission and Value
other duties as assigned
Vision, Dental & Orthodontia, Prescription Drug Benefits, disability and
- Student Loan Repayment Program (not currently offered at this facility)
- 401k (not currently offered at this facility, instead offer 403b)
degree nursing (Required for new CNOs as of 7/20/11)
degree nursing or related field
years of experience in clinical nurse management
equivalent combination of education and/or experience
Licenses, Certifications, & Training:
- Currently licensed as a registered professional nurse in the state in which he/she practices, in accordance with law and regulation.
- Specialty certification in Executive Nursing Practice or Healthcare Administration.
- Member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
- Member of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
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