May 07, 2021

Associate Nursing Officer - Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

  • Vanderbilt Health
  • Nashville, TN, USA

Job Description

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Executive Search Team is conducting a national search for an Associate Nursing Officer. The Associate Nursing Officer is an executive level role requires extensive experience working in a highly complex, matrixed health system environment, with relevant leadership experience, at a minimum, in one or more areas of oncology related areas: medical, surgical or radiation oncology. Additionally, management experience, an RN and verifiable medical center leadership experience is required.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is an academic medical center located in Nashville, TN with an integrated 6-hospital system and over 100 ambulatory clinic locations spread throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. VUMC discharges over 60,000 patients from its hospitals, sees over 2 million outpatient visits each year, and is the largest employer in middle TN with over 25,000 employees supporting the organizations tripartite mission of patient care, research, and education. The organization also includes the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The VICC is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of just two centers in Tennessee and 51 in the country to earn this highest distinction and ranks in the top 10 nationwide for cancer research grant support.

The Associate Nursing Officer (ANO) is responsible for the development, management and outcomes for systems and programs which support nursing and patient care, nursing research, education, informatics, quality and patient safety, professional development, Magnet, and shared governance in the ambulatory environment. The ANO is a member of a triad leadership model with an operations officer and an executive medical director to provide strategic oversight of clinical operations along VUMC’s five pillars; people, service, growth/finance, quality, and innovation. The ANO also works collaboratively with inpatient leaders to ensure continuity across the continuum for nursing practice and patient care.

Opportunity Highlights:

  • NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 51 in the nation.
  • Member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  • Nationwide leader in cancer survivorship, with one of the only centers in the country with a comprehensive program for cancer survivors
  • Magnet designation, in 4th cycle for redesignation
  • 180,000 outpatient visits each year, including 7,000 new cancer patients visits
  • Access to over 350 clinical trials at any given time


  • Nursing degree required. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Doctorate in nursing
  • Masters degree or higher education required
  • If nursing degree at Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) level, then masters can be non-nursing degree.
  • 10+ years of senior leadership experience
  • Licensed or eligible for RN licensure in TN
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively and concisely both verbally and in writing with individuals and groups at various levels and various disciplines.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience working in a highly complex, matrixed health system environment, with relevant leadership experience, at a minimum, in one or more areas of oncology related areas: medical, surgical or radiation oncology.

The Associate Nursing Officer shall provide general management for the operations of a Patient Care Center by providing administrative oversight and leadership supporting the mission, credo, and vision of VUMC. In partnership with the Associate Operating Officer, will have strategic and operating authority for large and complex patient care systems. The ANO collaborates with the Medical and Administrative Leaders in determination of functions and processes to achieve PCC goals. This role provides leadership and direction in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities in all PCC areas of responsibility. In keeping with policies and procedures of VUMC and the Adult Clinical Enterprise, the PCC Leadership Team (including the Medical Leader, Administrative Leader, and Nursing Leader) shall have shared generalized duties and responsibilities as outlined below.


  • Leadership
  • Establish the mission, strategic plan, operational/programmatic plans, and practices for the PCC.
  • Lead activities related to performance, improvement, and risk management programs in order to establish and meet clinical quality goals, effective cost management, patient satisfaction, and business goals.
  • Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical programs and services, assuring appropriate resources for the delivery of care.
  • Builds and maintains key strategic partnerships, both internally across VUMC and within the marketplace, that facilitate achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Operations
  • Works within a matrix relationship with leaders to oversee operations of the PCC and collaborates with core service leadership in the management of clinical core functions (i.e. lab, pharmacy, transport, etc.).
  • Identify significant disease conditions relevant to the PCC; Specifically engineer measurable clinical processes and establish appropriate clinical pathways across the continuum Implement cost improvement initiatives to improve value to the patient in the management of the specific disease conditions(s).
  • Demonstrate high level of knowledge of the patient population served and of the requirements for delivery of services.
  • As assigned, represents VUMC in various meetings and organizations where VUMC maintains membership.
  • Design, implement, evaluate and market programs to maximize clinical outcomes, functional status, patient/customer satisfaction and reimbursement
  • Lead and provide feedback to direct reports with full responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling the work procedures; analyze and evaluate ongoing department programs to identify areas where adjustments/improvements are needed; provide advice/consultation to others regarding problems.
  • Leads the transition of care initiatives in the PCC, with a focus on top disease conditions.
  • Define criteria related to the selection and acquisition of equipment, outside vendors, supplies, and support services, subject to the final approval process.
  • Participates in the planning and promotion of community health programs related to the PCC.
  • Support, promote and integrate research activities in the accordance with the Division, Department, or VUMC goals.
  • Promote and monitor the effective utilization of the assigned space in support of the PCC's goals.
  • Ensure the most effective operations of the PCC through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments.
  • Recruitment/Retention/Performance Management
  • Define the qualifications and performance expectations for all staff positions through the Performance Development system, including PCC specific job descriptions and measurable performance standards.
  • Play an active role in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, orienting and retaining high level talent at all levels.
  • Actively engage in processes that develop and reward high performers while addressing performance improvement needs through coaching, accountability plans and disciplinary action.
  • Creates an environment that fosters staff and leader satisfaction and excellence in performance
  • Communication
  • Model behavior consistent with the credo, mission, vision, and values of the enterprise through leading, coordinating projects, innovating, initiating improvement, and developing new programs. Likewise, model appropriate behavior in all interactions with patients, families, and staff.
  • Communicate within and across departments to maximize effectiveness, efficiently and information sharing.
  • Create an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning for all staff.
  • Promotes Shared Governance model throughout the PCC.
  • Attend quarterly PCC Leadership team meetings.
  • Meet at least monthly with the members of the PCC leadership team to review clinical performance data.
  • Compliance and Regulatory
  • Review, approve, communicate, and implement clinical protocols, policies and procedures, in an effort to facilitate efficient and effective practices.
  • Responsible for coordinating and ensuring regulatory compliance with all State/Federal and JCAHO standards as evidenced by successful surveys and inspections.
  • Maintain readiness for internal and external survey/inspections by assuring that all faculty and staff are knowledgeable of regulatory standards applicable to their work and ensuring that standards are met within the PCC to assure Clinical Enterprise accreditation/licensure.
  • Growth and Business Development
  • Develops and coordinates the strategic growth objectives for the PCC to meet the mission for VUMC.
  • Responsible for crafting operational plans to achieve target performance and growth.
  • Evaluates changing demographic, legal and technical developments in the field and initiate new or enhanced programs responsive to such needs.
  • Engage the medical staff, employees, and community to seek innovative program enhancements that benefit the community and financial health of the PCC.
  • Finance
  • Reduce operational costs and increase revenues based on knowledge of market trends, operating procedures and reimbursement matters.
  • Participate in the preparation of the annual operating budget, including direct labor, material and supplies, services, equipment maintenance and replacement.
  • Ensure financial targets are met or exceeded.
  • Evaluate organizational functions and structures to best determine the allocation and utilization of resources.
  • Coordinate capital purchase decision-making within the PCC to align with strategic goals.
  • Performance Development:
  • Coordinates the development of performance standards, objectives, evaluations, appropriate pay and opportunity for growth and development of staff.
  • Adapt and align organizational structures to optimize efficient and effectiveness of services.
  • Quality and Service:
  • Reviews PCC performance in relation to established goals, implementing changes to effect continual improvement in the services provided.
  • Create and exceed service standards utilizing key service dimension and from knowledge of patient/customer expectations and best practice.
  • Monitor patient satisfaction scores for the PCC and collaborates with other leaders to develop and implement action plans to address issues.
  • Standardize services, processes, resources, and practices where appropriate to improve efficiency maximizing continuity of patient care while maintaining professional standards within disciplines and across the PCC.
  • Lead activities related to performance improvement, and risk management programs in order to establish and meet clinical quality goals, effective cost management, and patient satisfaction.
  • Lead the development and implementation of work systems, with a focus on enhancing system reliability.