Job Description


Harris Health System is the public healthcare safety-net provider established in 1966 to serve the residents of Harris County, Texas. As an essential healthcare system, Harris Health champions better health for the entire community, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, through acute and primary care, wellness, disease management and population health services. Ben Taub Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (Level 3 Trauma Center) anchor Harris Health’s robust network of 39 clinics, health centers, specialty locations and virtual (telemedicine) technology. Harris Health is among an elite list of health systems in the U.S. achieving Magnet® nursing excellence designation for its hospitals, the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered clinics and health centers and its strong partnership with nationally recognized physician faculty, residents and researchers from Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the University of Houston.

Skills / Requirements


The Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) is the executive leader responsible for implementing nursing's philosophy, vision, and strategic direction within the organization. The CNO is accountable for operational leadership, human resource management, financial control, and quality improvement for nursing within his/her defined areas of responsibility.

The CNO advances and leads professional nursing practice based on the Harris Health System Nursing Professional Practice Model, nursing strategic plan, and the American Nurses Association's Nursing Administration Scope and Standards of Practice. The CNO establishes an environment of professional nursing practice that empowers nurses to provide safe, effective, compassionate, and efficient care. The CNO serves as the moral and ethical compass for nursing, ensuring alignment with Harris Health System's strategic priorities and Nursing's foundational standards of practice including professional and legal regulation. The CNO champions initiatives that improve care and protect patients, including monitoring and reporting quality and safety data and maintaining regulatory and accreditation standards. The CNO maintains high-level communication and productive relationships with physicians and other health care personnel. The CNO serves as a catalyst for change among the healthcare leaders and personnel within the System, and in the community. The CNO partners with affiliated schools of Medicine and Nursing to support academic development, research and practice improvements consistent with Harris Health System's Mission and Vision.


The CNO has a direct reporting relationship to the Health System's Chief Nurse Executive (CNE), and through a matrix design, is responsible to the Pavilion Executive Vice President and Administrator for the execution of all professional nursing services therein.


1. Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:

a. Education:

Graduation from an accredited school of Nursing with a Master's degree in Nursing or related field required. Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field is preferred. Holds at least one (1) of the following in nursing: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.

b. Licensure/Certification:

Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Texas.
Applicable professional certification in administration is to be completed within two (2) years, if not held at the time of appointment.
Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.

2. Work Experience: Ten years plus (10+) of experience as a Registered Nurse.

3. Management Experience: Eight (8) years of progressive nursing leadership experience in complex healthcare organizations.


1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)
Writing /Composing (Correspondence / Reports)

2. Other Skills:
Analytical Design Medical Terms
PC Research Statistical
Word Proc

3. Advanced Education:
Advance Training Specialty: Applicable professional certification in administration is to be completed within two (2) years, if not held at the time of appointment
Bachelor's Degree Major: Nursing or related field
Master's Degree Major: Nursing or related field
Doctorate (preferred) Major: Nursing or related field

4. Work Schedule:
Weekends Holidays Flexible Travel On Call

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