Chief Nurse Officer : A Reflection

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Will Chief Nursing Officers Hear the Call: A Reflection
The health care system has experienced rapid changes related to patient care and safety practices that had lead to multifaceted shift in patient care models and nursing leadership paradigm. These changes that include “transitioning from a traditional reimbursement models to new and innovative methods” (Patton & Pawar, 2012, p. 320). have greatly influenced the rapid transformation in the leadership role assumed by nursing executives in the healthcare organization in the past decade. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “The Future of Nursing,” discusses the vital roles and challenges chief nurse officers (CNO) faced while serving to bridge the gap between the business acumen and patient care aspect in the health care industry. Heading to the challenges the future present, the IOM (2010) post the question “Will Chief Nursing Officers Hear the Call”. Reflecting to this underpinning, chief nurse officer (CNO) role will be evaluated as based from The Council on Graduate Education for Nursing Administration (CGEAN) three domains of nursing leadership – administration, leadership, and management” (Frederickson & Nickitas, 2011, p345.).
Administrative Role of Nurse Executive
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) identifies that nurse executive leadership position demands the ability to lead comprehensively and be continuously responsible and accountable to all stakeholders and or interlinking programs across multidisciplinary lines (2009). As expected to embody the executive tasks and functions referent to their positions, nurse leaders in the executive roles need to “move up in the reporting structure of their organizations to increase their ability to contribu...

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... Ultimately, direction of nursing the strengthening of nursing profession both clinically and operationally. Highlighting the need for efficient transfer of knowledge and succession planning, CNO training necessitates the ability to balance nursing leadership, “business aspect of management” (p. 351), and health care administrative roles; without compromising the very heart of nursing –patient care (Frederickson & Nickitas, 2011). Responding to this demand and efficiently thriving in the booming healthcare system, nurse leaders redefined their roles. Eventually moving away from traditional clinical bedside nursing to an executive position in the organizational chart, CNO’s strived to be professionally empowered, to create operational decision making, and to attain fiscal accountability (Hughes et al., 2015) equal to the other member of the Chief suites (C-suites).
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