Quick Leonard Kieffer has been retained by WakeMed Health to conduct the search for the Vice President Nursing for WakeMed North and WakeMed Cary hospitals. Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health care organization founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of the community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all. The 941-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, delivering health and wellness services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center. WakeMed’s team of more than 9,400 employees, 2,000 volunteers, 1,300 affiliated physicians, and the more than 300 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices use the most advanced technologies along with the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health. Specifically, WakeMed Cary is a 178-bed, full-service community hospital that provides care to the citizens of Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and surrounding communities in southern and western Wake County and beyond. WakeMed North Hospital is operated by WakeMed Raleigh Campus and is a 61-bed, full-service hospital. The only women’s hospital in Wake County, WakeMed North features a tranquil luxury atmosphere surrounded by features that promote healing while conserving nature’s resources.
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is searching for a proven, practice-excellence focused nursing executive to join the leadership team as Vice President of Nursing, Community Hospitals. This is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished, patient & family-centered nurse leader to play a key role in the ongoing success of a fiscally-sound, mission-driven health care organization in a growing and vibrant community.
The primary responsibilities of the vice president, Nursing, Community Hospitals, include planning, facilitating, coordinating and evaluating nursing and patient care services, personnel and budgetary processes to ensure highest quality, safest care at the 178-bed Cary Hospital and 61-bed North Hospital locations.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, the VP of Nursing will work in a triad partnership with the Senior Vice President & Administrator, Community Hospitals, and the hospital Chief Medical Officers to accomplish facility goals in alignment with system strategic priorities and plans. Committed to evidenced-based practice and improving patient- & family engagement, this senior leader will create and nurture a work environment that engages staff through shared decision-making principles, elevating quality and safety, promoting healthy work environment attributes and celebrating success at all levels.
The VP, Nursing, Community Hospitals, is a highly engaged and visible nursing leader driven to mentor, develop and build strong, accountable nursing staff/leaders and interprofessional teams. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, empowering, results-oriented leader who models and champions the patient experience and sets the bar for the highest level of clinical nursing and respiratory excellence.
A member of the System Nurse Executive Committee, the VP of Nursing serves on numerous system-driven councils, committees and task forces. They will support a unique and talented workforce by embracing AACN standards for a healthy work environment, promoting the ANA Code of Ethics and utilizing the ANA Nursing Administration standards of practice to understand and respond to the needs or organization.
A minimum of five years of executive-level nursing experience (VP or CNO title)
National nursing certification and RN credential
Clinical practice oversight
A matrixed environment (preferred)
A minimum 250-bed facility
A multi-campus environment (preferred)
A progressive health system
A high-growth environment
Demonstrated success in driving quality and safety outcomes, including Leapfrog, CAUTI, CLABSI, C-Diff, falls, and Person and Family Engagement
All nursing functions/departments
Clinical practice rollouts for new services
Staff and leadership development
Studer training/experience is preferred
Professional recognition is preferred
Additional Salary Information: bonus available
About QLK Search
Quick Leonard Kieffer (QLK) is a retained executive search firm with unparalleled experience and expertise in finding leaders for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, health care associations and professional societies, life sciences and insurance companies as well as non-profit organizations and foundations. QLK is composed of Founder and Chairman, Roger Quick, and is led by President and CEO, Steve Derks. QLK boasts a talented team of managing partners and principals -- all supported by an excellent research and production team. To learn more about the search consultants who can best suit your needs, please visit their individual biographies.
The company was founded in 1999 by a group of experienced executive search consultants, committed to creating a niche firm helping clients find and recruit great leaders for critical health care and non-profit organizations and missions. From the beginning, QLK has focused on understanding client needs, being nimble and responsive as well as ensuring quality execution of searches. These are key reasons our partners choose to work for QLK.
As a privately held firm, our only responsibility is to be responsive to the needs of ...our clients. Because of our choice to remain privately held, clients and candidates receive our undivided attention.
In fact, 75 percent of our assignments come from repeat clients, while 90 percent of our follow-up client surveys rate our work as "superior to other firms they have used in the past." We attribute this success to the dogged determination, market knowledge and depth of experience and networks of our executive search professionals. Our goal is to serve our clients beyond their immediate recruitment needs. We strive to be partners for long-term success, based on our ability to build trusting and lasting relationships. We view our clients and our candidates as partners in search…for exceptional leaders ™