Health System, Healthcare, Nurse Leader

Chief Nursing Officer

  • Catholic Health, Good Samaritan Hospital
  • West Islip, NY

This position has been filled.

Catholic Health is an integrated health care delivery system with some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. Catholic Health includes six hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities, a regional home nursing service, hospice, and a multiservice, community-based agency for persons with special needs. Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Health serves hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders each year, providing care that extends from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace, and dignity. Learn more about Catholic Health’s commitment to quality and about the services offered. 

Serving the south shore of Long Island for more than sixty years, Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds) teaching hospital and a member of Catholic Health. With almost 900 physicians on staff, and a level II Trauma Center, they care for well over 100,000 patients annually across the south shore of Long Island. Their reputation for excellence is built on great choices and empowered leadership. The care team is focused on evidence-based practice, continual learning, and exceptional quality of care. GSH has earned the prestigious Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing – reflecting their commitment to patient care and safety. 

Position Overview

Catholic Health’s Good Samaritan Hospital is seeking a Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). The Senior Vice President is the Nurse Executive for the Department of Nursing and a member of the executive management team who is responsible for the administrative and organizational plan for providing nursing care to patients. 

The Nurse Executive collaborates with executive management personnel in fulfilling the hospital’s and Catholic Health’s mission to provide quality care by participating in strategic planning, resource allocation and evaluating patient outcomes.  The CNO is also accountable for developing strong working relationships with members of the Medical Staff, Clinical Leaders, Nursing Management personnel and Department Heads.

The CNO’s major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Participates with leaders from the governing body, management, medical staff and clinical areas in development and ongoing review of the hospital’s mission, strategic plans, budget, resource allocation, operational plans, and policies.
  • Develops a plan for providing nursing care to patients that is in keeping with the hospital’s mission. The plan considers required assessments, interventions, education and respect for patient/family rights and confidentiality.
  • Collaborates with management and clinical leadership to develop mechanisms to ensure seamless integrated patient care systems.
  • Participates with leaders from the governing body, management, medical and clinical areas in planning, promoting, and evaluating quality/ performance improvement activities.
  • Develops, implements, and continuously evaluates programs to promote recruitment, retention, and continuing education of nursing staff members.
  • Develops and implements mechanisms for recognizing the performance of nursing staff members engaged in patient care.
  • Participates directly or by delegation the evaluation, selection, and integration of management information systems for nursing and other clinical areas that reflect efficient use of nursing resources.
  • Provides direction in maintaining compliance with regulations and legislation.
  • Maintains awareness of changing health care requirements, legislation, trends, and community needs.
  • Submits annual goals for the department to the President as well as evaluation of the completed year.
  • Develops and monitors the nursing budget in collaboration with other nursing leaders and hospital personnel.
  • Collaborates with nursing leadership to determine staffing requirements and staff mix to effectively deliver nursing care to patients that comply with clinical and New York State staffing plan requirements.
  • Participates in the introduction of new services and plans nursing requirements/structures to deliver service.
  • Helps lead the hospital admission system to coordinate patient placement requirements for nursing care.
  • Establishes and approves professional care and practice standards for nursing in collaboration with members of the nursing staff:  policies and procedures, nursing standards of patient care and nursing practice taking into consideration patient care services, age of patient population, uniform standards of care, available resources and assessed patient care requirements.
  • Ensures collaboration between nursing staff members, physicians, and other clinical practitioners.
  • Evaluates current nursing practice and researches emerging patient care delivery models and practice guidelines to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.  Monitors acuity, staffing, and productivity reports in collaboration with Clinical Directors.
  • Implements effective Performance Improvement programs for patient care according to mission and priorities of hospital and/or department in collaboration with the Clinical Directors. 
  • Directs and confers with Nursing Education and Clinical Directors to include clinical and/or managerial experiences for personnel.
  • Acts as mentor, teacher and resource and encouraging educational opportunities for staff.



  • Bachelors in nursing, plus Masters in healthcare related field required.
  • Current license (or the ability to obtain it) in the State of New York as a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • Certification in Leadership preferred.

Skills and Experience:

  • Supervisory experience in nursing administration in a Magnet-designated acute care facility required.
  • 10+ years increasingly responsible leadership experience in healthcare administration, management or operations required.
  • Deep knowledge of current concepts for the delivery of patient care. Ability to develop and implement strategies to improve delivery of care to patients.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and professional regulations that apply to the delivery of care.
  • Demonstrated ability to move issues to resolution required. Proven management skills in problem-solving, communication, human resources, and Nursing practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with all levels of staff in an effective and professional manner required.
  • Commitment of own educational growth.
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