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Vice President - Chief Nursing Officer - CNO

Grand Junction, CO, USA | SCL Health

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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As the Chief Nursing Officer you bring strong leadership talents to inspire, guide, and grow nursing practice at St. Mary’s Medical Center.As a member of the senior leadership team you will work alongside other leaders who bring the same passion to advancing the ministry of providing the highest quality and value of medical care to the patients in our community. As a servant leader you embody the SCL Health leadership behaviors:

Accountability for results

Engagement and enthusiasm for change

Adaptability and continuous learning

Trust, respect and collaboration

Transparency and candor

Efficient, data-driven decision-making

Drive for execution demonstrated by a sense of urgency and commitment to follow-through


St. Mary’s Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that focuses on person-centered care. Our 346-bed regional medical center is in Grand Junction, CO, one of the most beautiful places on earth.As the largest medical center between Denver and Salt Lake City, we are a Level II Trauma Center with a flight program, Certified Chest Pain Center, and Primary Stroke Center.Serving the healthcare needs of western Colorado and eastern Utah for nearly 120 years, our mission is to bring health and hope to the poor, the vulnerable, our communities and each other.

As Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer you would report to the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for SCL Health and matrix to the President of St. Mary’s Medical Center.You will interface closely with the other care site CNOs across the health system to advance clinical integration, leverage our skill and scale and to promote appropriate standardization and “systemness” of SCL Health.The cornerstone of this role is the development of meaningful relationships and ongoing dialogue and communication with leaders and hospital medical staff, working in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to improve clinical outcomes; the ultimate result being the achievement of the “ideal patient experience” coupled with providing an engaging environment for all to practice cohesively in the provision of care. 

Benefits are one of the ways we encourage health for you and your family. Our generous package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind and social well-being. To that end, we’ve launched a Healthy Living program to address your holistic health as well.The executive package also includes a 401(k) with matching program, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (SERP), and annual incentive plan. To model a balanced life, our executives are encouraged to take time off and receive a front-loaded Paid Time Off allocation each year.

Your Day


As the Chief Nursing Officer for St. Mary’s Medical Center, you will set the vision for nursing practice as you focus on overall quality of care, patient safety, patient and family experience, standards of care, leadership development, succession planning, and fiscal responsibility while adhering to Ethical and Religious Directives. Working within a collaborative and inter-professional environment, you are influential in improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing cost of healthcare.You will consistently and effectively operationalize the competencies outlined by the Association of Nurse Leaders (AONL). These include communication and relationship management, knowledge of the health care environment, leadership and professionalism, and business skills. 

Primary responsibilities of this position will include: 

Identify and lead through operational efficiencies

Employ innovation through leadership of performance improvement activities

Understand productivity management with a finance focus and effective use of resources

Have strong communication skills and build effective relationships with physicians

Encourage and facilitate the professional advancement of employees by affording opportunities for further education and experience.

Promote a positive organizational work environment consistent with the mission and vision of St. Mary’s Medical Center and SCL Health to be the destination healthcare partner of choice for our dynamic community.


Your experience


We expect excellence, which is why we look for: 


Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN)

Master’s degree in nursing, healthcare administration, or business

Minimum of three years of senior level nursing leadership in an acute care environment

Minimum of two years leading large, complex service lines

Current license to practice in the state of Colorado (or ability to obtain license)

Professional certification or willingness to obtain certification within one year

Experience leading in a Magnet or Pathways designated organization, preferred

Experience with performance improvement processes/tools (e.g. High Reliability Organization, Lean, IHI) preferred

Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) or PhD, preferred

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