Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

How to Apply

Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan has retained Witt/Kieffer to conduct a national executive search for this Chief Nurse Executive position. 
Your resume will be directed to Witt/Kieffer for further evaluation and selected candidates will undergo a formal search committee review.
Questions about this process may be directed to or contact MICHIGAN MEDICINE Nurse Recruitment & Retention at (734) 936-5183 or email us at for assistance.

Job Summary

Basic Function and Responsibilities

The Michigan Medicine Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) is responsible and accountable for all aspects of professional nursing practice and assigned patient care services across all entities of the University of Michigan Health System. The CNE ensures the advancement of the profession of Nursing at Michigan Medicine and ensures the consistency in the standards of nursing practice across all Michigan Medicine entities. 

As an active member of the Michigan Medicine senior executive team, the CNE supports and facilitates an interdisciplinary team approach and partners with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and other senior leaders to provide clinical services throughout the Health System which integrate Michigan Medicine values and principles with a focus on patient and family centered care. Provides direct leadership and management for the corporate Nursing office and oversight for the functions and operational activities within Nursing and patient care services across all areas where nursing is practiced.  In addition to nursing clinical operations, other areas reporting to the CNE include centralized staffing, Nurse and PA Recruitment & Retention, Respiratory Therapy, and Social Work.  System leadership responsibility for Care Management and Capacity Management are shared in partnership with the Michigan Medicine Chief Medical Officer.  All operating unit Chief Nursing Officers across Michigan Medicine report to the CNE with a dual reporting relationship to the President of the Clinical Enterprise. 

Organizational Relationships

• Direct reporting relationship to the President of the Clinical Enterprise.

• Administrative and functional supervision is exercised over Chief Nursing Officers, Associate Chief Nursing Officers, Nursing Services Directors, Clinical Nursing Directors, Clinical Nurse Supervisors, Staff Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Professional/Administrative and office staff, assistive personnel, and other Department Directors, as assigned.

• Partners with the Michigan Medicine CMO and COO to collaborate with Executive Directors, Chief Clinical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Service Chiefs, Associate Hospital Directors and Administrators, Department Chairs and other hospital and Michigan Medicine leadership to effectively execute the Michigan Medicine strategic plan.


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Program & Clinical Management

• Leads all aspects of professional nursing practice across the system to execute the established system, hospital, and nursing priorities in safety, quality, timeliness, financial stewardship, and people.

• Identifies and articulates the vision and strategic direction for the delivery of nursing care and the discipline of nursing across all patient care settings for Michigan Medicine and directs and collaborates on the implementation of strategies to achieve them. 

• Actively participates as a member of the Health System’s Executive team in strategic planning, policy formulation, programmatic development, facility planning, problem-solving, quality and cost improvement initiatives and the implementation of patient and family-centered care.

• Articulates the Michigan Medicine vision and priorities, and is accountable for outcomes for patient care quality and safety in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Quality Officer and other health system leaders. 

• Assures that the Health System patient care delivery model(s) and clinical and staffing standards for nursing and patient care are consistent with current research and professional standards and with the mission, vision, and values of the organization. 

• In conjunction with entity leadership, is accountable for the design, implementation and systems for Michigan Medicine patient care and nursing policies and procedures to assure continuity and consistency of care delivery. 

• Leads the strategic planning, policy formulation, problem solving and management of Michigan Medicine Nursing Services. 

• Actively leads the Health System’s nursing’s quality-related improvements to support Magnet designation.

• Provides leadership for the effective management of change and transition within the Health System’s Nursing community.  

• In partnership with the System Chief Medical Officer is accountable for the evaluation and development of practices and processes of care coordination, care management and capacity management services across Michigan Medicine. 

• Leads the Nursing Executive Council (NEC) and is accountable for all aspects of the Nursing Governance Model and programs which support the nursing profession such as the Professional Development Framework (PDF) and Role –Specific Advancement Model (RSAM), Nursing Orientation Program, and nursing leadership development. 

• Establishes a vision and is accountable for the direction of operational departments as assigned at a hospital or health system level for Michigan Medicine. These include: Nursing Professional Development and Education, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Quality, Research and Innovation, and Nurse Recruitment and Retention. 

• Leads the establishment of standards for nursing practice, and the creation of nursing policies and procedures which support these standards, including quality assurance. 

• Directs the evaluation and improvement of Nursing and other patient care activities focused on the quality, appropriateness and efficiency of nursing care across the system.

• Serves as a member of the Health System’s Councils, and Committees as requested.  Serves on the University of Michigan, School of Nursing's Councils and on other University Committees as requested.  

• Serves as an active member of the Dean’s Administrative Group and Adjunct Professor in the University of Michigan, School of Nursing and partners with the Dean of the University of Michigan, School of Nursing to support education, research and scholarship activities across Michigan Medicine and the University of Michigan School of Nursing communities.

• Participates in the evaluation, selection and integration of health care technology and information management systems which support patient care needs.  

• Serves as the Senior Nursing spokesperson for the Health System, Hospitals, and the University at local, regional and national levels; serve as a liaison between the nursing community and others to meet the institution's mission.  

• Maintains accountability for compliance with professional nursing standards, regulatory agency standards and federal and state regulations regarding patient care.

• Demonstrates behaviors which are compliant with Michigan Medicine values, goals, policies and procedures, and affirmative action policies.

Financial Management

• Actively participates in the planning of patient activity projections and determine staffing projections for nursing and assistive personnel.

• Actively participates in determining the need for, and allocation of, human, space, fiscal and material resources for clinical/programmatic areas administered, based upon patient care needs.

• Works with interdisciplinary teams to determine and implement improvements in Hospital facilities, including construction or renovation of structures and purchase of major equipment.

• Develop, monitor, and implement, operating and capital budgets of assigned clinical/programmatic areas.

• Develop, implement and evaluate cost-effective initiatives related to nursing service operations and patient care services.

• Maintains accountability for fiscal management of departments as assigned.   

Personnel Management

• Maintains accountability for all aspects of nursing personnel management which include: recruitment and selection, counseling, disciplinary processes, contract management, and mentoring.    

• Provides system leadership in the establishment and oversight of credentialing/privileging policies for nurses and ensures compliance with such policies for nurses who seek to practice and who practice in the Health System. 

• Maintains accountability for the processes and oversight of the processes that support the contractual obligations for all nurses within the University of Michigan Professional Nurses Council (UMPNC) and other institutional agreements.

• Utilizes an interest-based process for problem solving and resolving issues.

Performance Clinical Improvement

• In concert with Michigan Medicine and Nursing Services, establish, monitor, and implement nursing and patient care standards aligned with Michigan Medicine, Hospitals’ and Nursing Service priorities.

• In partnership with the Michigan Medicine CMO ensures consistent clinical standards and accountability in accomplishing designated outcomes in patient care, safety and quality across inpatient and ambulatory care

• Partners with the Michigan Medicine CMO and COO to provide leadership in all programmatic improvements and capacity expansions across the system.

• In partnership with the Michigan Medicine CMO and Chief Quality Officer actively supports quality and patient care initiatives and improvements that support organizational priorities. 

• Effectively meets all goals and performance objectives for Michigan Medicine and Nursing Services.

Professional Development

• Actively participates in the performance planning, competency, and individual development planning process.

• Attends relevant competency training, staff development in-services and conferences to maintain and improve knowledge base, competency and skills.

• Attends relevant professional and/or leadership development opportunities.

• Attends relevant seminars related to Magnet Recognition.

• Serves as an active member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing Adjunct Faculty Network.

• Keep records and documented evidence of attendance.

Nursing Specific Info

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment and Retention at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*


• Doctoral degree in Nursing or a related health care field is required. 


• State of Michigan Board of Nursing license is required upon hire.


• A minimum of 10 years of administrative responsibility within a complex academic medical center, large teaching health care facility or experience working in a comparable complex health system with progressive experience in nursing leadership positions at the senior level or higher, is required.  


• Excellent interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by the ability to work effectively with physician partners, individuals and/or teams, across disciplines, are required.

• Demonstrated skill in change management is required.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

• Strong financial and analytic skills are required.

• Demonstrated experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation is required.

Desired Qualifications*

• Experience in a unionized environment is desirable.

• Recognized certification in nursing leadership or and administration is desirable.

• Experience in facility planning and major building projects, is highly desirable.

• Working knowledge of University policies and procedures is desired.

• Demonstrates the following Michigan Medicine leadership competencies:

  • Creates Value for the Diverse Communities We Serve
  • Creates a Shared Vision
  • Leads Innovation & Change
  • Fosters & Promotes Diverse Teams
  • Collaborates and Builds Inclusive Relationships
  • Coaches and Develops Others
  • Achieves Results
  • Solves Problems

Work Schedule

Hours: Full Time
Location: University of Michigan- Michigan Medicine
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Website: University of Michigan- Michigan Medicine

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.   

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.