The ThedaCare Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) is a transformative leader accountable for creating a cohesive nursing vision and strategy and overseeing the practice of nursing across the ThedaCare system. The CNE is responsible for alignment of nursing care across the system’s clinical settings through appropriate standardization, and the identification and adoption of evidence based clinical guidelines, and consistent management of standards to reduce variation in practice. The CNE will work in a dyad relationship with the ThedaCare Chief Medical Officer (CM0) sharing responsibility for meeting patient needs and for the planning, organizing and directing of patient care in all clinical aspects of our integrated system. The clinical dyad will be critical in helping ThedaCare achieve our objectives in Safety and Quality, Employee Engagement, Financial Stewardship and Customer Loyalty. Under the collaborative direction of the ThedaCare CEO and operational leaders, the clinical dyad will provide strategic direction, executive and clinical leadership, system-wide planning, organizing and resource management for all aspects of nursing practice across ThedaCare.
In order to ensure these deliverables, the CNE will place a strong emphasis on creating an engaged, loyal nursing workforce. The CNE will build an effective nursing culture across the ThedaCare system to instill an unwavering sense of pride and professionalism in this clinical discipline. The CNE will work with other organizational leaders, employees and medical staff to develop and strengthen relationships that help achieve ThedaCare’s Mission, Vision and Strategy.
Participate as a member of the System Leadership Team (SLT) in the development, revision, dissemination and implementation of the ThedaCare strategic plan.
Develop, articulate and deploy/execute a vision and strategic direction for the practice of nursing in all enterprise clinical settings.
Share joint accountability with CMO for achieving ThedaCare strategic goals and objectives specific to clinical quality and high reliability.
Collaborate with other accountable leaders to achieve all ThedaCare metrics.
Create effective system nursing leadership structure
Enhance and support the ThedaCare system philosophy of nursing.
Develop, recommend and implement guidelines, policies and procedures designed to improve the delivery of safe, efficient, and effective nursing care and reduce practice variation.
In partnership with divisional nursing leadership, direct the strategic development, deployment, continuity, consistency and delivery of nursing care across the system.
Direct the development of strategies to promote recruitment, retention and recognition of excellence in nursing.
Assist in the continuous readiness for regulatory inspections, like the TJC, particularly as it relates to nursing practice.
Instill a Just Culture nursing mindset devoted to creating the safest environment for patients and staff. Participate, and co-lead when appropriate, STOP for Safety initiatives in nursing areas.
Work with the CMO, SLT and medical staff leaders to implement and execute operational plans in order to achieve and system objectives.
Create and implement, in collaboration with divisional nursing leaders, a process to ensure efficient and effective day-to-day functioning of nursing operations, including best practices and efficient use of the EMR.
Create an environment for effective recruitment and retention of staff that promotes professional growth, development and accountability.
Identify and develop leadership talent and skills of nursing staff.
Communications and Relationship Management
Serve as the senior nursing executive spokesperson for and within ThedaCare, and coordinate and collaborate with operations and quality leaders in advocacy efforts at the local, state and national level.
In collaboration with key stakeholders and constituents, responsible for overseeing the development of a collaborative and coordinated inter-professional approach to patient care delivery inclusive of fostering proactive and positive relationships with physicians, allied health and other medical professionals and organizations.
Act as coach and mentor, while promoting professional growth and accountability within nursing leadership, staff, students and colleagues in order to promote and build the pipeline of future healthcare professionals.
Personal Professional Development
Seek out new knowledge regarding nursing practice and the roles and functions of patient care team members.
Engage in lifelong learning and acquisition of new skills by developing and/or participating in enterprise wide education programs and activities.
Be visible in the community through participation in high profile Boards and various civic organizations, and serve as a spokesperson for ThedaCare and nursing as a profession.
Represent ThedaCare and system nursing in the community through active participation and engagement.
Establish and maintain relationships with business, civic and government entities to position the care continuum within the system as an important component to the economic and medical health of the communities served by ThedaCare.
Possess a proven record of nursing leadership with a minimum of 7 years of executive leadership experience in progressively responsible positions in large, national or regional systems that are similar in size and complexity to ThedaCare, both in terms of revenues, number of facilities, bed capacity and market competitiveness.
Experience creating and implementing a nursing vision for aligned clinical practice and nursing care across a healthcare system is required.
Graduate of accredited school of nursing. A master’s degree in healthcare administration, nursing or related field is required; Doctorate is preferred.
Licensed (or be eligible for licensure) as a registered professional nurse in State of Wisconsin
Experience in QI process improvement methodologies, e.g., lean, six sigma..
Both for-profit and non-profit background will be considered.
Magnet implementation/experience desired.
Prior experience in a community hospital with academic ties is also preferred.
Why ThedaCare? ThedaCare is a community health system consisting of several hospitals, numerous clinics and related services. We are the third largest health care employer in Wisconsin and the largest employer in the state's second largest economic market - Northeast Wisconsin - with approximately 6,800 employees. Through our 100-year history, ThedaCare has woven itself into the very fabric of the... communities we serve. For our employees, ThedaCare offers an environment that not only welcomes but also encourages innovative thinking and fresh approaches to today’s health care challenges. We’ve improved the health of thousands of individuals. We know this because we track our quality and constantly seek to improve our care and services for the members of our communities.