Ed­i­tor’s note:

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Our Aug. 13 Spe­cial Fea­ture on ex­ec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion drew a num­ber of re­sponses from nurse ex­ec­u­tives who felt the piece was in­com­plete be­cause it didn’t in­clude com­pen­sa­tion data for the po­si­tion of chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer. Be­low is a sam­ple of those re­sponses. Sul­li­van, Cot­ter and As­so­ci­ates, which pro­vides the ex­clu­sive data for Mod­ern Health­care’s an­nual ex­ec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion re­port, com­bines the “top pa­tient care ex­ec­u­tive” po­si­tion and the “top nurs­ing ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive” po­si­tion into one ex­ec­u­tive cat­e­gory called “nurs­ing/pa­tient care,” which was re­ported in the story. At Mod­ern Health­care’s re­quest, Sul­li­van, Cot­ter broke out the fig­ures for the “top nurs­ing ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive” po­si­tion, which is equiv­a­lent to a CNO. For that po­si­tion at health­care sys­tems, the av­er­age to­tal an­nual cash com­pen­sa­tion rose 4.6% in 2012 to $297,600. For that po­si­tion work­ing at in­di­vid­ual hos­pi­tals, the av­er­age to­tal an­nual cash com­pen­sa­tion rose 2.1% to $213,400. How­ever, given the im­por­tance of the CNO role, we will call out CNO data sep­a­rately in sim­i­lar fu­ture re­ports.

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