Chief Nursing Officer in San Jose, CA at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 1/11/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) oversees the clinical nursing staff and processes for our behavioral health adolescent and adult units. The CNO is responsible for creating, developing, and implementing the strategic plan for areas of responsibility, consistent with the organization’s strategic plan. The CNO works collaboratively with leadership and other departments and is responsible for the delivery of quality care to patients.

The CNO will partner with Human Resources in developing effective recruitment and retention strategies. The CNO must lead and engage employees to provide optimal patient care in ways that are consistent with San Jose Behavioral Health's Mission, and support the achievement of the organization’s goals. The CNO ensures policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and implemented effectively throughout all areas of responsibility. The CNO ensure regulatory compliance for areas of responsibility.


Serve as a member of the leadership team and on committees as required.

Manage the daily operations of nursing services.

Ensure nursing services are provided in compliance with the laws and regulations of federal, state and local governmental agencies.  Standards are met for accrediting agencies.

Integrate nursing functions with clinical and programs, ensuring efficient and effective operations.

Provide effective and efficient budget management that ensures the best utilization of resources.

Evaluate service needs and staffing requirements to ensure needs of patients are met.

Provide effective staff management (hiring, development, training, performance feedback, etc.) that ensures utilization of personnel to best meet the needs of the patients. 

Develop and implement health care related training that assures the best possible delivery of health related supports and services. Review training at least annually and makes modifications as needed. 

Develop and maintain documentation systems for continuity of care and record storage that assures compliance with local, state and federal regulations, as well as facility policies and procedures.

Monitor unit/floor functioning by making frequent rounds.

Intervene in crisis situations and investigate incidents.

Develop and implement tools to measure, assess and improve quality of nursing care, treatment and service.

Actively participate in strategic planning and budget development.

Oversee nursing services documentation to ensure it meets all standards.


Perform other functions and tasks as assigned.


Master’s degree from an accredited program and at least three years of psychiatric/behavioral health experience with two years’ progressive managerial experience required.


Current state RN license is active and in good standing.

CPR and de-escalation/restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility).

First aid may be required based on state or facility.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)