Health Care Services Executive

University Of Iowa Iowa City , IA 52246

Posted 7 days ago

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics seeks a dynamic and innovative executive to lead with vision transparency as its next Chief Nursing Executive. This is a unique opportunity at one of the most respected academic medical centers in the U.S.

UI Health Care is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and University of Iowa Physicians. The University of Iowa College of Nursing is known for the development of evidence-based guidelines for care that are used throughout the nursing community and is consistently ranked as one of the best nursing programs in the nation. Their innovative Nurse Residency Program began in 2009 as a joint venture with UI Hospitals & Clinics.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is the clinical arm of UI Health Care and provides the full spectrum of specialty and subspecialty care that draws patients from Iowa, the region, and around the world.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer-University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the next CNE will be a strategic and solutions-oriented and serve as a key member of UI Health Care's executive leadership team. The CNE, leading over 3,000 nurses and over 5,000 FTE, will establish a vision for nursing practice and clinical services for UI Hospitals and Clinics and champion initiatives to advance care and quality outcomes across the system in an integrated and cost effective manner; collaboration with the medical staff on these clinical integration initiatives is critical. The CNE will lead and be involved in all aspects of the health mission for the growing $2 billion clinical enterprise and will build a strong internal leadership team to continue to elevate the professional practice of nursing and building strong partnerships across the enterprise.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic and progressive leader. The successful candidate will bring broad executive leadership experience within an academic health system or major teaching hospital and a commitment to academic medicine. The CNE will have a minimum of 10 years of administrative responsibility within a complex, comparable health system with progressive experience in nursing leadership positions at the senior level. A Master's degree in Nursing, Business, Public Health, Public Administration, or other related field is required, a Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field is desired.

To plan, direct and be continuously responsible for the overall administration of the Department of Nursing and provision of nursing services throughout UI Health Care. Scope of authority extends to other patient care areas such as Respiratory Care, Rehabilitation Therapies, Emergency Medicine, and Dialysis.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as a member of the CEO's leadership team and participate in the organization's short- and long-term planning activities. Promote excellence in interprofessional practice, develop integrated clinical care systems across healthcare environments and ensure the delivery of exceptional clinical and patient centered care.

  • As a member of the hospital executive leadership team, demonstrate transparency, integrity, and consistency in all interactions and work collaboratively with peers, supporting them as well as holding them accountable as members of the team.

  • Build upon an exemplary, world-class professional nursing organization and create a vision that is competitive with other national academic medical centers.

  • Define, develop and direct implementation of departmental goals and programs for UI Health Care.

  • In partnership with human resources, develop a workforce plan responding to the growing and/or changing clinical needs of the organization.

  • Interpret federal, state and local governmental, regulatory and accrediting agency programs of actual and potential importance to UI Health Care, ensuring proactive implementation of compliance standards.

  • Establish effective relationships with Chief Medical Officer and medical staff to partner on program development, performance improvement, and operational enhancements.

  • Determine the need for and priority of allocation of human, space, fiscal and material resources within areas of responsibility.

  • Partner with other senior leaders to plan budgets, monitor financial performance and ensure a positive operating margin.

  • Develop systems which articulate evidence-based standards of patient care and evaluate performance against these standards. Such standards must include accreditation, regulatory agency and the American Nurses' Credentialing Center standards for the Magnet Recognition Program and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education/Nurse Residency Program.

  • Integrate the clinical programs of Nursing and Patient Care Services with other programs of UI Health Care, programs of UIHC and medical staff in a manner that facilitates achievement of goals and objectives.

  • In partnership with other senior leaders, lead a quality improvement program that enhances clinical and nurse sensitive outcomes, patient satisfaction, safety, and efficient patient flow and evaluates work intensity in the clinical environment.

  • Confer with the Deans and the faculty of the Health Sciences Colleges to facilitate collaborative relationships and networks that enhance the tri-fold mission of the organization.

  • Partner with faculty of the University of Iowa College of Nursing to develop, identify, and support programs of mutual interest.

  • Utilize evidence based research and management research relating to healthcare organizations, patient care delivery, and Administrative Practices.

  • Develop collaborative working relationships with labor unions, SEIU and AFSCME to provide mutually agreed upon programs and services for the staff as indicated.

Percent of Time: 100%

Benefits Highlights:

Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, IA.

Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.

The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, including 24 days paid vacation per year to start and paid sick leave. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at:

For consideration, applicants must upload resume or CV and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position. Applicants must also send a message of interest to Kerry Quealy at at the search firm of Witt/Kieffer.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master's Degree in Nursing, Business, Public Health, Public Administration or other related field.

  • Must be eligible to obtain a license to practice Nursing in the State of Iowa before starting in this role.

  • 10+ years in a leadership role.

  • Demonstrated track record of positive influence over nurse engagement.

  • Demonstrated record of effective nurse recruitment and retention strategies.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of accreditation and regulatory standards applicable to hospitals.

  • Demonstrated passion for the delivery of the highest level of service to patients and their families.

  • Job-related experience and/or commitment to diversity in the work/academic environment.

  • Proven track record with hospital finances, financial systems, budgeting, optimizing staffing levels, and capital planning.

  • Strong conceptual nursing base with expertise in professional practice models, systems thinking, and quality improvement processes.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A PhD, DNP, or other terminal degree in a field closely related to Nursing.

  • Membership in the Association of Nurse Executives and/or other appropriate associations.

  • Demonstrated experience in an ANCC Magnet accredited organization.

  • A demonstrated commitment to research and evidenced based practice.

  • Able to create a culture of continuous learning through strategic planning, shared governance, innovative best practices, and the promotion of knowledge development.

  • Able to speak the language of clinical transformation and have experience dealing with issues of deployment.

  • Regarded as a highly visible, driven, and charismatic leader who is passionate about the profession of nursing.

  • Ability to coach and mentor staff to optimal personal and professional development.

  • Experience in a unionized environment.

  • Experience leading in an integrated academic healthcare organization.

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Health Care Svcs Executive

  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific

  • Schedule: Full-time


  • Pay Level: 9

Contact Information

  • Organization: Healthcare

  • Contact Name: Pam Johnson-Carlson

  • Contact Email:

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