Chief Nursing Officer
State of Oregon - Salem, OR

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Do you have what it takes to lead people and implement principles of hope, safety and recovery for everyone?

If so, then we invite you to learn more about the guiding principles that make us who we are and ask that you consider joining us in paving our collective path to Oregon's recovery-oriented future.

The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) with current campuses in Salem and Portland, and one in Junction City opening in 2015 is the primary, state-operated psychiatric hospital in Oregon. Operating under the direction of the Oregon Health Authority's Mental Health and Addictions Division, OSH offers a wide-range of services essential to restoring patients to a level of functioning that allows for a successful transition back to the community.

We serve a broad range of adults from through-out Oregon. Person meeting admission criteria, or those civilly or forensically committed, receive high-quality psychiatric and medical care in one of the newest state hospital facilities in the country.

We have a team of dedicated and talented staff providing therapeutic, evidenced-based, person-centered treatment, focused on recovery and community reintegration, all within a safe environment. This includes: comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment planning that incorporates each patient's strengths and needs. A full range of treatment interventions are provided by onsite credentialed professional staff, and an organized medical staff, supported by rehabilitative and peer-delivered services, as well as medical clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, and on-site food and nutritional services.

OSH provides centralized group treatment using a treatment mall model. This allows patients equal access to all services provided at the hospital and more opportunities for health socialization. Monday through Friday, patients participate in 20 hours of active, evidenced-based treatment at their neighborhood treatment mall. Once they have reached a certain privilege level, patients have additional treatment opportunities and spaces, such as art studios, music rooms, classrooms and a training kitchen.

Living units are located within program neighborhoods, and patients are assessed and placed in the appropriate neighborhood where their needs will be best met by the milieu. The nursing establishment and maintenance of this therapeutic milieu with onsite treatment activities is critical to helping patients discover, practice and maintain their recovery skills.

If you share our vision of inspiring hope, promoting safety and supporting recovery for all, and you're dedicated to helping make them a reality for the persons we serve, please consider joining us.

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) directs all activities of the OSH Department of Nursing and delegated support service departments. This is a large department, comprising over 1,000 employees distributed over two campuses and over five distinct programs.

This position reports to the Chief Medical Officer, assuring alignment of nursing services with all other clinical OSH services. The CNO selects, evaluates the performance of key reporting managers, including over one dozen nursing directors, who in turn direct nurse managers in over 30 patient care units. As director of the largest department within the organization, the CNO is a core member of the Superintendent's Cabinet and the Clinical Executives, who together assure the OSH clinically meets its mission, vision and values.

The CNO brings at least eight years of nursing management experience to the position, so that the CNO is a key participant in OSH strategic planning, program development and evaluation, budget preparation and review, regulatory compliance activities and establishment of policies/procedures to guide workplace practices. The CNO also represents the nursing management obligations in crucial meetings, such as labor - management negotiations, and provides expert consultation to high-level officials and the Legislature, addressing professional and citizen's groups to advocate and explain policy and the needs of the OSH patients.

The State of Oregon provides a generous benefit package, which includes family health and dental insurance, optional short and long-term disability and term life insurance - all of which can be tailored to individual needs. Also provided are fully paid retirement program, modest life insurance policy, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

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