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Chief Nursing Officer, Tucson, AZ

Sonora Behavioral Health

Senior Leadership

Tucson, AZ

March 1, 2018

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Sonora Behavioral Health, Tucson’s largest inpatient psychiatric hospital, is looking for a Chief Nursing Officer providing leadership and oversight to nurses and behavioral health technicians and other nursing administration staff ensuring accountability for the quality of services they provide.


The CNO is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to nurses and behavioral health technicians, and other nursing administration staff, ensuring accountability for the quality of services they provide. The CNO must demonstrate exemplary nursing and business practices; interface with the Chief Medical Officer and physicians and serves as liaison between physicians and nursing and clinical services as needed. The CNO serves as a key member of interdisciplinary treatment teams and promoting the hospital’s strengths-based treatment philosophy; ensuring understanding of services being rendered at all times; maintaining current knowledge of medication management and seclusion and restraint policies and procedures. The CNO must maintain knowledge of and adhere to the hospital’s policies and procedures, and implementing them as needed. The CNO must ensure adequate and qualified staffing is scheduled per shift and adhere to approved budget and regulatory requirements; develop and monitor annual departmental budget; conduct quality assurance reviews; develop and oversee any service contracts; demonstrate current knowledge of contractual, regulatory, funding and accreditation requirements and ensure adherence to these requirements. The CNO must respond to and monitor incidents, errors, and sentinel events; develop and oversee infection control; maintain familiarity with community providers and resources; assist with development and implementation of program components and proposals for funding; provide nursing care on units as needed for patient care and for training and demonstration purposes. Direct reports include RN Supervisors, Infection Control Nurse, Nurses, LPNs, BHTs, and Unit Clerks.


  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing and 3 years of psychiatric nursing administration experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current and valid Arizona Nursing License, Handle With Care Certification, and CPR Certification.
  • Clear TB screening
  • Clear background and drug screen.

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.

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