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University of New Mexico Hospitals Enlists B.E. Smith to Recruit Chief Nursing Officer

March 12, 2019

University of New Mexico Hospitals Enlists B.E. Smith to Recruit Chief Nursing Officer

Build a strong culture and continue to progress patient care as the new Chief Nursing Officer for University of New Mexico Hospitals in Albuquerque, NM.

The Chief Nursing Officer will oversee all administration and leadership of the inpatient and clinical programs and services within University of New Mexico Hospitals, Children’s Hospital of New Mexico, and Carrie Tingley Hospital, while supporting the UNM Health System and UNM Health Sciences Center. 

This role will provide leadership for Nursing and shared governance councils within the Clinical Enterprise to ensure the establishment and maintenance of nursing goals and objectives. The leader will also act as a liaison between internal and external consultants/experts, redesign teams, and senior management to ensure that strategic and project goals are met, opportunities are maximized, and barriers are removed.

Main responsibilities include initiating and participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of new and revised operational and procedural arrangements for staffing resources affecting the delivery of patient care. Additionally, the CNO will collaborates with the Chief Medical Officer to lead the implementation of medium- and large-scale clinical operational initiatives as identified within the strategic and operating plans.


  • Master's degree in related discipline
  • DNP or PHD in Nursing (preferred)
  • Minimum ten years of progressively increasing administrative experience

You can find the complete job posting for University of New Mexico Hospitals’ CNO on the B.E. Smith website.  

The UNM Health System is the clinical arm of UNM Health Sciences Center, New Mexico’s only academic health center. Their hospitals and clinics:
• Provide care for more than 200,000 New Mexicans each year.
• Serve as training sites for students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health professions.
• Play an important role in the University of New Mexico’s community-based health research.

At the UNM Health System, you’ll find the state’s only Level I trauma center, only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, a comprehensive stroke and neuro-trauma service, a comprehensive burn center, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program, advanced women’s care, adult and children’s psychiatric services, bariatric and orthopedic programs, and dozens of other specialty lines that they are uniquely equipped to deliver.

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert with a modern Downtown core that contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, five museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.

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