CNO title ‘noticeably absent’
Iwas reading the Aug. 13 edition of Modern Healthcare and was surprised by the article by Ashok Selvam (“Keeping executive compensation in check,” p. 22). Because of the nature of my business, I have reason to check such data. I was really confused by the selection of what titles composed the C-suite executives. Those that are listed seem most appropriate and yet the leader of the largest service within hospitals is absent. Chief nursing officer is a title noticeably absent.
I recognize that some healthcare organizations, especially smaller and more rural, often use titles that do not convey the “Csuite message.” However, most major healthcare organizations have used the title for CNOs long before adopting the title for the CMOs. Because these positions are critical to the success of an organization, not listing one of them creates concern as readers review the data.
As you publish subsequent reports, because such reports are exceedingly use- ful, would you be willing to indicate to prospective authors that the full C-suite representation must be included in the data? As you might surmise, I am a registered nurse and I want to refer people to solid sources of information where the data reflect the real world of practice. This article did not reflect what I believe you want reflected about today’s healthcare organizations. Patricia Yoder-Wise President The Wise Group Professor and dean emerita Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock