Assistant CNO of Operations - FT - Days - Nursing Admin.

Directors and Executives (Nursing and Non-Nursing) Edinburg, Texas


Position at DHR Health


The Assistant Chief Nurse Officer (ACNO) Supports the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) in the development of nursing leadership, clinical practice models and the development of evidenced based nursing practice. Further supports the CNO in the design and delivery of nursing care including development of policies/procedures and protocols. Collaborates with other healthcare leaders to support hospital, division and corporate care initiatives. Serves with the CNO to meet clinical practice indicators and reach best practice metrics. Serves on and or leads interdisciplinary teams to plan, develop, implement and study process improvement activities. Assists the CNO in meeting the organizational strategic initiatives for patient satisfaction, employee engagement, financial responsibility and clinical/safety practices.


  • Bachelors in Nursing required
  • Masters Science Nursing (MSN)or other related discipline
  • Must be a Registered Nurse (RN) with a current Texas license
  • Current BLS/ACLS/PALS certification is required
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Computer skills required with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Good written and verbal communication skills required
  • Bilingual – English / Spanish




  • Six (6) years of professional nursing experience with proven progressive management experience and abilities.
  • Five – Ten (5-10) years leadership (prefer previous Director or ACNO experience).
  • ACNO assumes nursing leadership in absence of the CNO.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and assures compliance with established Joint Commission Standards and federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Reviews and/or revises the Hospital’s Nursing Department Policy and Procedures and facilitates review on Interdisciplinary Policy and Procedures.



  • Promotes the facility mission, vision and values by effectively communicating them to others. Considers mission, vision and values in developing services, standards and practices.
  • As a member of the Hospital's senior management team, the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer (ACNO) will participate in functional decision-making processes necessary to the successful attainment of the hospital's mission in addition to maintaining an awareness of changes in healthcare clinical matters that could have an impact on the success of the hospital. 
  • Assist the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in providing leadership to nurse employees that will enroll their support, create ownership of goals, and have them actively participate in decisions that impact the hospital.
  • Assist the CNO in maintaining necessary regulatory and compliance approvals and quality accreditations.  
  • Assisting in planning new services that generate additional sources of profitable revenue.
  • Creating an environment that will encourage recruiting and retention of clinical employees.
  • Assisting the CNO in managing costs by continually seeking data that will identify opportunities and take action to eliminate non-value costs.
  • Assisting the CNO in establishing standards for nursing practices and maintain authority, accountability and responsibility for nursing services.
  • Developing organizational patient care programs, policies and procedures that describe how nursing care is assessed, delivered and evaluated.
  • Assisting the CNO in developing and managing the nursing services budget and ensuring sufficient number of qualified staff to assess patient needs.
  • Planning and providing nursing care interventions and prevent complications, promote improvement and patient comfort and wellness.
  • Analyzing areas in planning, promoting and conducting organization-wide performance improvement activities.
  • Representing the nursing services at meetings as deemed necessary; participates with department heads in designing and providing patient care and services.