Chief Nurse Officer-CC-DH

Washington D.C.
Apr 20, 2017
May 01, 2017
Executive, Chief, Nurse
Full Time

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world.  Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation.  For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites candidates with strong nursing research, academic and leadership credentials to apply for the position of Chief Nurse Officer at the NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD.  The NIH Clinical Center is the largest hospital in the world totally dedicated to translational clinical research.  The hospital maintains a 200-bed capacity that supports the intramural research programs of Institutes and Centers across the NIH.  The hospital supports an extensive range of acute care patients who are research participants with long-standing relationships with their care team.  As a senior executive and advisor to the Director, Clinical Center, the incumbent will lead a department of 599 full time equivalents and contract staff providing direct patient care and patient support services on 14 inpatient units, including behavioral health, 20 outpatient clinics and 3 day hospitals. 

The Clinical Center is the epicenter for intramural research and collaboration.  An individual selected for this position will have an opportunity to foster a research practice environment that supports innovation, including scholarly activities that lead to increased patient safety, optimal clinical outcomes, and ensures clinical research goals are obtained.  The incumbent will have opportunities to integrate scientific goals and objectives into the practice of clinical research nursing. 

We seek an individual who possesses exceptional communication skills, a high level of comfort leading, consulting and advising a diverse clinical research nursing workforce and running nursing operations in a complex hospital setting.  The ability to partner and provide sound guidance at all levels within a complex clinical research setting is key in the performance of routine duties associated with this position.  Candidates must be experienced and proven leaders with substantive technical, practice and strategic management skill sets. The ideal candidate should possess a Ph.D. degree in Nursing or another relevant scientific area and demonstrated experience in establishing nursing practice standards, policies and development of nurses in both a medical treatment and academic setting.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized.

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Pre-employment physical may be required.
  • Annual Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Emergency Essential Employee
  • Education: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

    Registration: Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

    In addition to the basic education and licensure requirement, you must possess the following:

    GS-15:  You must demonstrate in your resume at least 1 year of specialized professional nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: Establishes and implements unique and complex programs for nursing services; establishes best practices in nursing and patient care; leads and collaborates with hospital leadership to improve patient safety and to coordinate patient services; leads interdisciplinary teams and external stakeholders to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals; cultivates a strong workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs; and experience managing the interface between Nursing and Clinical Research.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

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    This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education


    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

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