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Chief Nursing Officer


CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana




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CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital-10100


524 Dr Michael DeBakey Dr
Lake Charles, LA  70601


Full Time

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Executive Leader responsible for patient care delivery, nursing, and nurse practice throughout the ministry. In alignment with regional leadership and system nursing leadership, provides vision and sets direction for quality evidence-based patient-centered care. Fosters a decentralized participative management style for nursing based on a shared governance approach. Encourages innovative leadership at the department level promoting nurse's decision-making control over nurse practice. Establishes interdisciplinary teams throughout the ministry by supporting nursing care and patient care services. Builds collaborative nurse-physician relationships to provide safe, effective, and efficient patient care while ensuring nurses feel empowered to serve as patient representatives/advocates. Serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team consulting with and advising the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on issues relating to the operation of the ministry. Recommends changes in resource- allocation, policy, facilities, equipment, and programs in order to achieve the established objectives. Provides nursing personnel with leadership, decision-making, and direction in patient care services and defined areas. Responsible for assessing the environment, forecasting trends, transmitting values, communicating ideas, developing and implementing policies, managing, and initiating systems and programs that promote excellence in service and safety for patient care delivery and that create an excellent place to work.


Reports to:

  • Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana
  • Indirectly to Divisional Chief Nurse Executive leader

Direct Reports:

  • Operational leaders for the respective clinical areas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing required from an accredited university, Master's Degree in Nursing or other health-related education
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others in the work environment.
  • Ability to perform in a rapidly changing and stressful working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability for leadership, the use of the nursing process, and emotional maturity. Timely and dependable follow-up on problem resolution.
  • Financial skills


  • Senior level management experience required
  • Must have minimum of five (5) years satisfactory performance as a staff nurse, and five (5) years as a director
  • Must demonstrate competence in management and leadership and successfully complete hospital and nursing management courses. Must demonstrate technical competence in utilization management and have an authoritative understanding of financial management to include operating and utilization factors as well as product line contribution.
  • Must have significant expertise in information technology.
  • Must have experience appropriate for the facilities scope and complexity, position's authority and responsibility, and the scope and complexity of the nursing care needs of the major patient population(s) served.

Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications:

  • Registered Nurse with current state license.
  • Professional certification and education commensurate with peer leaders
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