Chief Nursing Officer

Boston Children's Hospital | Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: March 20, 2024
Opportunity Code: 33685


Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston, MA

The Opportunity:

Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is seeking a Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer (SVP/CNO). Reporting to the current Executive Vice President, Patient Care Operations and System Chief Nursing Executive (EVP PCO/SCNE), Laura J. Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, this is a distinct opportunity to lead Boston Children’s senior nursing operations team and patient-care functions within an organization widely recognized for its exceptional and growing nursing and interprofessional practice environment. 

The SVP/CNO will serve as a key member of the leadership team at BCH, responsible for directing nursing and related patient care programs within the organization’s primary acute care, ambulatory care, and satellite settings.

The Position: 

The SVP/CNO will serve as a key member of the leadership team at Boston Children’s Hospital, responsible for directing nursing and related patient care programs within the organization’s primary acute care, ambulatory care, and satellite settings. As a key senior leader guiding nursing operations and care delivery processes, the successful candidate will bring a strong strategic understanding of the discipline of nursing, team-based/interprofessional care models, quality-safety and improvement science, team member well-being and engagement, healthy work environments, staffing and operational effectiveness, nursing/interprofessional education and workforce development, equity-diversity-inclusivity-belonging, optimization of clinical workflows via contemporary IT practices and virtual care strategies, as well as team-based care delivery model innovation.

The Ideal Candidate: 

• Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) and Master of Science degree in nursing practice/administration (MS/MSN) required. BSN degree coupled with a master’s in business administration (MBA) or other healthcare related master’s degrees (e.g., MPH or MHA) degree completion acceptable when coupled with doctoral level preparation completion/near term completion commitment. 

• Completion of doctoral preparation, or commitment to enroll within 24 months of hire via a research-focused degree (PhD or DrPH) or practice-focused degree (DNP) program with timely progression of degree requirements. 

• Educational preparation and prior experience as an advanced-practice registered nurse (APRN) coupled with broad operational leadership capacity is desirable, though not required. 

• Nurse Executive Board Certification (NE-BC / NEA-BC) via ANCC or equivalent bodies e.g., AONL reflecting executive leadership skills and capabilities is required, or commitment to complete within 36 months of hire. 

• Professional licensure as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prior to date of hire. 

• Substantial, progressive system-level nursing operations leadership experience is required, preferably including several prior years’ experience leading in either a Chief Nursing Officer or Associate Chief Nursing Officer capacity within a leading academic hospital/health care system known for nursing excellence. 

• Prior senior nursing leadership experience within a highly matrixed, academic health system with an affiliated physician organization, medical school, and research environment is strongly preferred. Those with experience in a complex, integrated delivery system may also be considered. 

• Prior experience leading in an ANCC Magnet designated organization required. 

• Pediatric-specific nursing leadership experience is considered a strong plus, but not required. 

• Demonstrated business, regulatory, and communication acumen. 

• Proven ability to influence change and to create alignment with other team members and departmental leaders outside of her/his span of control e.g., support services, finance, facilities, IT and others in a manner that advances shared goals and effective relationships. 

• Prior success guiding nursing and improvement science to advance care quality and safety via evidence-based practice, clinical inquiry and research. 

• Demonstrated policy advocacy experience in alignment with Government Relations and organizational priorities. 

• Cultivate continuous learning within a professional practice environment to advance nursing and interprofessional education, team member well-being, and professional growth as antecedents to retention of a highly engaged workforce. 

• Experience leading in a matrixed academic health system, demonstrating prior success to balance inpatient, ambulatory and satellite system priorities. 

• Demonstrated ability to meld a results orientation with authentic leadership skills including genuineness, humility, empathy, and ethical practices. 

• Significant experience contributing to nursing recruitment/talent acquisition and retention strategies in alignment with evolving human resource and nursing leadership models. 

• Demonstrated ability to grow and develop a diverse workforce within the organization and community with associated measurable outcomes. 

• Prior successful experience building academic-practice partnerships with schools of nursing regionally and nationally. 

• Effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to adapt written and in person communication to a wide range of audiences. 

• Demonstrated ability to advance new models of care and to accelerate IT-enabled practice and workflow changes. 

The Organization:

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs, as well as education, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is a 485-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care with hundreds of affiliations throughout the world and ~14,000 employees, including over 3,700 registered nurses (RNs)and 550 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). In addition to the main campus, BCH is comprised of numerous satellite locations, a community health center, numerous community hospitals, and is affiliated with over 400 pediatricians across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston Children’s is recognized among the leading pediatric hospitals in the nation in the current U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” honor roll, ranking second 2023-2024. 

Boston Children’s has a distinguished history of nursing excellence that extends from its inception more than 150 years ago and is currently pursuing its fifth Magnet Program designation. Boston Children’s supports leading nursing and interprofessional programs. Through strong practice and academic partnerships, and a deep commitment to prepare and strengthen the nursing and interprofessional workforce of the future, the organization maintains over 40 clinical affiliations with schools of nursing regionally and nationally.


The Location:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the most populous state in the New England region of the United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Connecticut to the southwest and Rhode Island to the southeast, New Hampshire to the northeast, Vermont to the northwest, and New York to the west. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. It is home to the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region with an important grounding in American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, healthcare and maritime trade.

Please direct all inquiries, applications, and referrals to: 

Richard Heishman

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