If you are a professional nurse with solid experience in informatics, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is interested in talking about an opening it has for a Chief Nursing Officer.

The Chief Nursing Officer position has been vacant since Judy Murphy left ONC last fall to become CNO at IBM Healthcare.

Also See: More Personnel Changes as Murphy Leaves ONC

ONC has posted the job vacancy online. The GS-15 position, located in ONC’s Office of Clinical Quality and Safety, has a salary range of $126,245.00 to $158,700.00 per year and carries with it a term appointment not to exceed two years—which may be extended for an additional two years. And, the successful candidate may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

“Qualifying experience for GS-15 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-14 grade level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position,” states the job posting. “For this position specialized experience is experience with health information technology standards, metrics and policy; analyzing and researching a variety of complex health information technology issues, and conferring with state and local officials concerning public health concerns.”

The duties of the CNO position include:

*Providing leadership for comprehensive initiatives that focus on nursing practice, administration, research and community partnership in support of health IT enabled patient care.

*Establishing relationships and where appropriate serving as a liaison providing support to medical centers, the developer community, healthcare organizations, and government (Federal, State, tribal, and local) agencies with health-related responsibilities.

*Being responsible for keeping pace with industry wide changes in nursing informatics as they emerge; and, developing, implementing, and supporting innovations in the design and evaluation of health IT as it relates to clinical nursing practice requiring the exercise of independent judgment and resourceful policy and technical and operational solutions as needed to support healthcare providers.

*Providing written response to draft legislation and ensuring expert nursing opinions and input on key proposals and inquiries.

Qualifying candidates must have a degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant, and must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

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