WellStar Health Systems VP CNO Patient Care Services in Marietta, Georgia


At WellStar we all share common goals. That’s what makes us so successful – and such an integral part of our communities. We want the same things, for our organization, for our patients, and for our colleagues. As the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Georgia, this means we pride ourselves on investing in the communities that we serve. We continue to provide innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare.


The Chief Nursing Officer reports to the Senior Vice President and Hospital President for the development,

organization, and ongoing leadership for the nursing division within the identified WellStar Hospital. This

includes strategic planning, financial management, quality, integration of patient services practices,

policies, and procedures.

The CNO provides executive leadership for Patient and Staff Safety; the development of and

implementation of innovative and responsive care delivery systems that achieve excellence in patient care.

This leadership position must maintain knowledge of current and trending nursing practice and the roles

and functions of all members of the health care team which often also reports to this role. This leader is

accountable to articulate and ensure compliance with the Georgia State Nursing Practice Act; State Board

of Nursing Regulation, The Joint Commission, regulatory and accreditation standards.

As a member of the executive team, this leader is responsible for ensuring that all regulatory laws that

govern the health care institution are upheld and represents patient care issues at the highest level of the

institution. The allocation of resources to ensure safe, quality patient care ultimately rests with this leader

as does the monitoring of activities to ensure that the practice environment is conducted in a safe and

trusting setting. At WellStar Health System CNOs must support a shared governance structure to promote

professional nursing practice and support WHS Nursing’s Nursing Professional Practice Model.

This nurse leader ensure competence of the nursing work force in providing care that respects diversity of

all kinds (e.g. ethnicity, age, gender) and provides patient care that is population specific and culturally

competent. Additional responsibilities include achieving quality outcomes and customer satisfaction in a

fiscally responsible manner through deploying Lean Six Sigma thinking and methods.

The Chief Nursing Officer will collaborate with other system leadership and medical staff within the

organization. Other responsibilities include assimilation, analysis and communication of data. The Chief

Nursing Officer is accountable for the achievement of objectives consistent with the Health System’s

mission, values, and operational and strategic plans.

Specific areas of responsibilities may include: critical care, acute care, women’s services, cardiac, emergency, rehabilitation and ancillary services.


Required Minimum Education :

Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from accredited school. At least one degree must be in nursing.

Required Minimum Licensure/Certification :

Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia or hold a privilege to practice in the State of Georgia under the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) Registered Nurse on the first day of employment in role. National certification in nursing administration or clinical specialty preferred (e.g. Nursing Administration, ACHE)

Required Minimum Experience :

Ten (10) years of demonstrated progression in management/leadership experience in a hospital or health system required. Demonstrated success as a CNO in a fast-paced, growing, and competitive market. Includes direct management of large departments or multiple departments, including strategic and financial planning. Experience in a multi-hospital system environment and multiple markets environment is preferred.

Required Minimum Skills :

Should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and relationship building; commitment to patient care excellence in healthcare and has a proven track record of success; strong interpersonal and leadership capabilities; sound performance management skills and experience with an emphasis on change and the ability to develop consensus from independent parties to achieve the goals of the health system; evidence of strong physician and executive collaborative initiatives required; knowledge of strategic and financial planning and management; experience in working with the system-wide direction of patient care activities; commitment to the advancement of nursing practice and the nursing profession; high degree of initiative, is self-directed and independent, and welcomes ideas and input of others; adept at follow-through; knowledge of risk management and various accreditation/regulations/licensing requirements assuring that these are upheld while advancing industry standards through the achievement of goals by effective management and measurement of outcomes. This professional should be active in the profession, member of a professional organization and attends state and national conferences to keep up with the advances in nursing administration and practice of nursing.

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Join us for outstanding benefits and development opportunities. We also offer state-of-the-art technology, professional support and advancement, and colleagues that rank amongst the best in the country. The WellStar culture of caring has also been nationally recognized three years in a row by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”. Step up to your potential. Find out more and apply today.

WellStar is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any status which is protected by local, state or federal law.

Department VP CNO Patient Care Services

Facility WellStar Kennestone Hospital

Category Leadership

City Marietta

Shift Days

State Georgia