CNO ti­tle ‘no­tice­ably ab­sent’

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

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

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