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Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer

Req #:  111362
Facility:  Lutheran General Hospital
Department:  Management/Supervisory
City:  Park Ridge
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

As part of Advocate Health Care, Advocate Children’s Hospital is the largest network provider of pediatric services in Illinois and among the top 10 in the nation. The two main Chicago Metropolitan region campuses are located in Oak Lawn in the southwest and Park Ridge in the northwest. Additional services are accessible at other Advocate hospitals throughout the state. Advocate Children’s Hospital serves as a major referral center for infants and children. Through a special, wholistic approach, Advocate Children’s Hospital combines some of the country’s most respected medical talent with exceptional and compassionate care. In fact, the children’s hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s leaders in pediatric cardiology and neonatology, and numerous physicians on staff here have been recognized among the Top Doctors regionally and nationally in their field. The hospital is staffed by more than 400 pediatricians and 230 pediatric subspecialists, who offer a wide range of specialized services for children.

Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer

Advocate Children’s Hospital 

Park Ridge and Oak Lawn, Illinois


The Vice President, Nursing Services/Chief Nursing Officer is a key strategic position in Advocate Children's Hospital, providing vision and direction for pediatric nursing throughout the Advocate system. The incumbent is accountable for professional nursing practice for all pediatric and neonatal departments of the hospitals in which licensed nurses practice (inpatient and outpatient settings at the two children's hospital campuses, as well as the community hospital sites, including JV Pediatric Partner sites), fostering staff development and regulating nurse credentialing. This includes responsibility for defining nursing care and establishing a consistent approach to clinical practice, the development and implementation of clinical pathways and departmental policies and procedures that describe how nursing care needs of pediatric patients are assessed, evaluated and met. This position will also have accountability for ensuring high quality patient care with a focus on patient safety, customer satisfaction, nurse education and training, recruitment, retention as well as achieving and maintaining Magnet designation.

Position Requirements:

  • Master's Degree in Nursing required
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in healthcare in a pediatric setting.
  • RN licensure in the state of Illinois
  • NEA~BC issued by ANCC
  • Strong interpersonal relationship and communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Resiliency and flexibility to deal with a complex environment
  • Ability to recognize the needs and behaviors of pediatric age groups
  • Mentoring and coaching skills
  • Financial management and analytical skills
  • Works within and supports a shared governance model


  1. Provides leadership in elevating the practice of nursing services within Advocate Children's Hospital and affiliates through the development of a Pediatric Nursing Strategic Plan, ongoing monitoring of nursing performance standards and by serving as a professional role model and mentor to develop, recruit and retain future clinicians.
  2. Strategically ensures the continued delivery of high quality, state-of-the-art Pediatric nursing care and services in all facets of hospital operations at Advocate Children's Hospital, other Advocate hospitals with Pediatric services and non-Advocate joint venture affiliated hospitals.
  3. Collaborates in the organization-wide healthcare delivery system and process design, including the physical work environment, use of technology applications, workload measurements based upon care needs, clinical and financial projection models, data collection and analysis, outcome identification and measurement, practice innovations, and recruitment and retention initiatives.
  4. Accountable for measurement, assessment and improvement in nurse sensitive patient and organizational outcomes, as well as the assurance of a professional nursing practice environment in which registered nurses, and other professional clinical staff, are autonomous, govern their practice, and are empowered to provide excellent care.


About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago