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Chief Nursing Information Officer

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Four-Year Institution

Job Details

•The CNIO works in a dyad with the CMIO to deploy and develop sound, clinically relevant technology solutions that promote standardization and high quality, efficient patient care. The CNIO participates as a member of the Health IT department leadership team and other IT & Clinical groups to align technology and clinical needs of the health system.
•S/he supports management in promoting the use of information technology among Nursing staff members and departments. S/he also is accountable for driving activities to improve clinician EMR utilization, efficiency and burn-out concerns in conjunction with the other leaders within the organization.
•The CNIO works in partnership with Health Information Technology Project Teams to translate clinician requirements into specifications for new clinical systems and communicates change and drives adoption of new implementations. The CNIO works with the CNO and Nursing IT leadership to assure an integrated and effective clinical work flow across disciplines in all clinically related digital systems. The CNIO is also tasked with participating in the collaboration between the Schools of Nursing and Data Science.
•The CNIO aligns with the priorities and strategic plan of the organization as it effects technology and is responsible with the CIO in the execution of the IT portfolio. As a key leader in execution the CNIO assists in planning, strategy and execution of project activities.
•The CNIO supports our Magnet designation and professional governance structure, partnering with nursing leadership and the Magnet Program Directors to achieve and maintain Magnet designation. Supports shared decision-making with professional governance teams to achieve exemplary professional practice and optimize the use of the EMR in nursing’s workflow.
•Assumes other duties as assigned.

  • Chairs (or co-chairs with a Nursing staff designee) nursing advisory groups to provide broad-based input and alignment into the design of the clinical information systems.
  • Chairs (or co-chairs with a Nursing staff designee) nursing advisory groups in the design of clinical systems to support excellence in patient care.
  • This role must maintain positive relationships and be a trusted advisor. Maintaining a relationship and alignment with the Medical Center and Community CNO roles is critical.
  • Is responsible for the development of applications and technologies that provide Clinical Decision Support resources including Clinical Rules, Nursing Clinical Documentation, and clinical applications of work flow engines, AI, and RPA.
  • Develops empathy and understanding of nursing needs and builds relationships with nursing to gain support of IT initiatives. Is highly responsive to users needs, including training, to assure wide spread acceptance and nursing use of the clinical systems.
  • Reviews Nursing informatics trends, experiences and approaches, develops technical and application implementation strategies and assists in the development of strategic plans for clinical information systems.
  • Engages outside of the organization in forums and application user groups to share our initiatives and successes and to be informed of industry trends and leverage the accomplishments of other organizations.
  • Experience in a Magnet organization with involvement in leading aspects of preparation. Clear understanding of requirements and technology expectations.
  • Responsible for creating alignment on tactics between Health IT and both Academic and Community Partners while involving all appropriate areas needed such as cyber security, compliance or quality. Open mindedness to new technologies and processes is a must.
  • Leads development and ongoing review of clinical "rules" used by nursing teams supporting patient care and protocol research as well as the design of clinical system features supporting protocol management and the use of the system to leverage the clinicians' time and maximize communication with affiliates and referring nursing.
  • Leads development and deployment of solutions that cluster information in disease and episodic categories for benchmarking, clinical severity, and variance analysis. Works with Knowledge Management and the Vice President of Quality to design and evaluate collection of data for clinical purposes, including tracking and interpretation of outcomes.
Position Compensation Range: $209,768.00 - $335,628.80 Annual

Educational Requirements, Skills and Qualifications:

  • The CNIO must minimally be masters prepared. Doctorate is preferred.
  • Experience with and knowledge of Nursing informatics, including:
    • Clinical Informatics
    • Health Delivery Systems
    • Clinical Decision Support
    • Evidence-Based Patient Care
    • Clinical Workflow Analysis, Process Redesign, and Quality Improvement
    • Information Technology Systems
    • Clinical Data Standards
    • Change Management
    • Project Management
    • Strategic and Financial Planning for Information Systems
  • Experience in complex healthcare organizations leading clinical technology efforts.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills and can work effectively with a diversity of personalities. Must be approachable, show respect for others and be able to present data with effective communication and presentation skills. Must be an effective consensus builder.
  • Has experience in process improvement methodologies and is skilled in change management.
  • Possesses a strong analytic background.
  • Possesses good grasp clinical work flow in both inpatient and outpatient settings, interest in clinical information systems and outcomes measurement.
  • Must have the ability to develop flexible, transferable models for pathways of care.
  • Is a strong leader with a mature sense of priorities and solid practical experience who can design and implement systems within the framework of technical boundaries?
  • Is politically savvy, has a high tolerance for ambiguity and can work successfully in a matrix management model.
  • Is a systems thinker with strong organizational skills who can pull all the pieces together and deliver on time and within budget.
  • Is a strong manager who is adaptable and has strong collaborative management style, a creative thinker with high energy and enthusiasm, and a team player who promotes the concepts of people working together versus individual performance.
  • Is comfortable holding others accountable for their performance and is practiced at
  • Is a contemporary clinician who understands major trends in healthcare and managed care.

Employees Managed:

  • Nursing Informatics

Budgetary/Fiscal Responsibility: See Other Duties

Organizational Requirements:

  • Consistently demonstrates organizational values
  • Maintains safe environment
  • Consistently demonstrates required organizational behaviors

ADA Requirements:

  • Environmental Hazards - None
  • Physical Demands - Talking and hearing, vision, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling, feeling, fingering.
  • Machines, Equipment, Work Aids which may be representative, but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this type of work - Computer (monitor/keyboard/printer), calculator, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, and other general office equipment

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

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As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


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UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

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The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

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In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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