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Chief Nurse Executive - San Jose Medical Center

San Jose, California

At Kaiser Permanente our nurses are leaders, clinicians, researchers, innovators, and scientists who are contributing toward being an industry-leading voice for advancing evidence-based care. Whether supporting the patient directly in our hospitals or clinics, providing care at home, serving our patients through innovative virtual technology, or managing care delivery teams, Kaiser Permanente nurses utilize scientific evidence and our integrated care model to optimize the total health of our members and the communities we serve. We invite nurses who are passionate about nursing excellence, high-quality compassionate care delivery, professionalism, integrity, teamwork and patient and family centeredness to join our teams so that we can continue to sustain and build upon our culture of excellence.

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Job Level: Director/Senior Director
  • Travel: No

Success Profile

We’re looking for Nurse Leaders who possess the following traits.

  • Collaborative
  • Compassionate
  • Flexible
  • Leadership
  • Socially Conscientious
  • Trustworthy


We offer several benefits to our nurses.

  • Medical, Vision & Dental

  • Retirement Plans

  • Educational Opportunities & Tuition Reimbursement

  • Supportive Teams & Resources

  • Career Growth & Development

Our Culture

At Kaiser Permanente, we cultivate an environment of compassion, integrity, trust, and open communication that helps our teams do their best work. We believe that lifelong learning will expand our knowledge so we can better serve our patients. Our practice is rooted in research and evidence-based care. Our nurses reflect the rich diversity of our members and communities and provide culturally responsive and competent care that promotes understanding of our members needs and preferences. At Kaiser Permanente, nurses are highly skilled professionals who exemplify leadership, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving and deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.

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Relief Charge Nurse

Working as a nurse at Kaiser Permanente has allowed me the perfect flexible schedule so that I can volunteer as Girl Scout Leader and room parent for both my children. My kids know that I am a hardworking mother who can provide, as well as a mom who can be present and be there for them – and that means everything to me.


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Quality Coordinator RN

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Chief Nurse Executive - San Jose Medical Center

Primary Location San Jose, California Worker Location Onsite Facility San Jose Hospital Job Number 1278771 Date posted 05/01/2024
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Job Summary:

This role provides strategic leadership as the patient care executive position responsible for all nursing and other designated patient care functions/services within the hospital organization. The Chief Nurse Executive provides direction, leadership, planning, organization and general management for all aspects of patient care ensuring integration of services and compliance with long range objectives and strategies, including the provision of excellent quality services and responsible fiscal management. This role represents nursing/patient care on the hospital executive leadership team, at the medical executive committee and medical staff committees. The Chief Nurse Executive has oversight for the professional practice of nursing and the provision of nursing care in all licensed or surveyable areas of the medical facility. Oversight is defined as having responsibility for regulatory, quality, service, resources, nursing staff competency and evaluation of the overall delivery of nursing care.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develops effective working relationships with key stakeholders and operational leaders. Manages organizational relationships in a way that builds and maintains a climate of trust and inspires commitment from others to achieve organization goals.
  • Partners to provide for the seamless transition of patients across the continuum of care.
  • Executive level communication, presentation, leadership, analytical and problem solving skills required. Effectively communicates with all internal and external constituents, including staff, colleagues, and physicians. Produces and presents oral and written materials to address nursing, healthcare and organizational issues appropriate to the audience.
  • Communicates effectively as hospitals advocate to members of the community, continually seeking ways to improve and promote the public relations objective of the hospital and marketing services.
  • Actively communicates and embeds the Kaiser Permanente Nursing Vision, Values and Model within the culture in alignment with organizational goals.
  • Creates an environment which recognizes and values diversity and designs strategies that address the unique needs of a diverse workforce, patient population, and community.
  • Participates in the academic community through advisory and collaborative efforts. Provides a supportive and stimulating learning environment for nursing students.
  • Addresses and manages conflict in a constructive and productive manner.
  • Assesses the current environment and establishes indicators of progress toward cultural competency.
  • Provides an environment that engages staff and others in decision making.
  • In conjunction with medical facility leadership groups, determines the most cost effective and efficient levels of patient care clinically and operationally; implements such locally. Participates in hospital strategic planning process and collaborates with facility management team and the medical staff to develop the overall financial plan for the medical facility.
  • Accountable for the efficient delivery of all patient care services for KP members.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, utilization and evaluation of cost effective, medical facility programs, policies and procedures that address the high quality nursing care, treatment and service needs of the patient population.
  • Manages patient care processes to ensure optimal utilization management practices.
  • Assures short and long range financial goals are met by establishing and controlling the budgets. Monitors and assesses trends, external environment and internal practices; makes recommendations to develop/adjust strategy to meet the changing business and market conditions.
  • Accountable for the preparation and review of department operating and capital budgets based upon criteria supported by volume and expense projections, cost benefit analysis, operating processes and other relevant information.
  • Monitors departmental expenses by reviewing variance reports and taking action for adjustments and improvements as needed to ensure optimal productivity standards are met.
  • Demonstrates ability to access information and analyze data to make decisions in planning for patient care.
  • Coordinates activities between departments to reduce duplication, increase efficiency and achieve higher levels of service.
  • Develops and implements quality and utilization standards for patient care services to ensure coordinated plans of treatment, delivery of services that meet members needs, and the cost effective utilization of necessary services. Utilizes and maximizes effective systems for resource management in nursing, including patient acuity and staffing applications.
  • Achieves optimal patient care experience through focused customer service strategies.
  • Participates in developing and implementing recruitment and retention strategies to ensure a sufficient and stable workforce of qualified staff members are available to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Develops a succession plan for nursing leadership.
  • Recognizes the need for change; adapts to, and motivates others to adapt to values, strategies, goals and plans in response to changing business conditions.
  • Demonstrates basic competency in technology applications related to business and clinical functions.
  • Optimize computerized electronic medical record system and utilize relevant data to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Ensures compliance with legal and ethical issues related to client data, information, and confidentiality.
  • Assures that the clinical perspective is included in organizational decisions.
  • Guides the operational implementation of quality improvement initiatives using innovation and evidence based practice. Generates and encourages innovation and creative solutions to issues or problems. Is able and willing to solve problems from various points of view and make difficult decisions.
  • Achieves quality outcomes by utilizing problem identification, process improvement, root cause analysis, and reducing variation to sustain improvements.
  • Implements the organizations performance improvement program, including planning, setting priorities, conducting systematic performance assessments, implementing improvements based on such assessments and maintaining achieved improvements.
  • Ensures a professional development program which addresses the needs of clinical and management staff. Provides for employee development and educational programs to meet needs of patient care staff. Creates a structure to ensure a learning environment that fosters growth and development of self and others.
  • Coaches and mentors aspiring nurse leaders.
  • Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility (Kaiser Permanentes Code of Conduct) by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements (if applicable), and Kaiser Permanentes policies and procedures. In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives.
  • Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers and vendors.
  • Kaiser Permanente is an EEO/AA Employer.
Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum seven (7) years of progressive experience in clinical, management and leadership roles within hospital operations.

  • Academic degree in nursing required (Bachelors or Masters Degree).
  • Masters degree in Nursing or related field required (Health Administration, Business, Public Health, or Management).
License, Certification, Registration
  • Nurse Executive Advanced Certificate within 12 months of hire OR Nurse Executive Board Certificate within 12 months of hire
  • Registered Nurse License (in the state where care is provided)
Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated skills to work in a union environment.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A.
Primary Location: California,San Jose,San Jose Hospital Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: N/A Working Hours Start: 08:01 AM Working Hours End: 05:01 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Worker Location: Onsite Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE Executives|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Director/Senior Director Department: Po/Ho Corp - Rgnl Clrng-Ncal Hospital - 0308 Pay Range: $256500 - $320625 / year Travel: No On-site: Work location is on-site (KP designated office, medical office building or hospital). Worker location must align with Kaiser Permanente's Authorized States policy. At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest

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