Chief Nursing Executive

UC Davis Health has launched a nationwide recruitment for Chief Nursing Executive.


UC Davis is being assisted in this recruitment by the international leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart and welcomes nominations or expressions of interest. To submit confidential comments, nominations, or expressions of interest, please send an email with any supporting materials to the Spencer Stuart team through Maitreya Rich,


UC Davis point of contact:

Patty Covington Fleming
Senior Executive Recruitment Partner

Reporting to the Chief Clinical Officer, UC Davis Health, the Chief Nursing Executive, or CNE, provides strategic direction, executive level leadership, and general management for all aspects of Patient Care Services’ departments and programs, as well as other assigned functions, to ensure the provision of the highest quality patient care services. The CNE is responsible for the professional practice of nursing, including advanced practice providers, across all locations operated by the health system. The CNE monitors best practices, licensure and regulatory requirements, market and community developments and technological advancements to advance the professional practice of nursing at the health system in a compliant and progressive manner, supported by appropriate policies and procedures. As a key member of the senior executive team, the CNE provides collegial and collaborative leadership in developing medical center long-term strategic direction and vision and maintaining positive and productive relationships with all staff members, including the medical staff. The CNE represents the health system in professional societies, healthcare associations, the University of California system, and northern California on issues related to the professional practice of nursing and the medical center’s patient care services. The CNE actively endorses and serves as a role model for the Principles of Community, health equity, diversity and inclusion.

The CNE establishes and supports programs for the recruitment and retention of support staff, and develops personnel management strategies which comply with Federal, State, UC Davis Health, and labor agreements. The CNE establishes and maintains nursing and patient care policies, which focus on the care of the patient and promotes excellence in the practice of nursing. The CNE is responsible for leading best practice work across UC Davis Health as it relates to care management resources/functions, continuity of care, and clinical outcomes. The CNE prioritizes and supports evidence-based practice, promotes and implements successful care management practices across UC Davis Health and creates organizational alignment around care management and care transitions from ambulatory to inpatient to post-acute care. The CNE monitors legislative activities affecting the practice of nursing and healthcare in general. S/he develops processes which result in collegial collaboration relative to patient and program issues in all settings: inpatient and outpatient. The CNE establishes a communication network with executive nursing organizations, The University of California system, and the community to facilitate sharing and to provide a service to the community, which is in connection with the University of California mission.

The CNE participates in the ongoing development and implementation of the UC Davis Health mission, goals, objectives, management strategies and policies as a member of senior leadership. Responsible for all clinical care provided by UC Davis Health as well as responsibility for operations as it relates to care management, the trauma program, and the regional burn center.

The recruitment advisory committee is led by co-chairs Kimberly Bleichner-Jones, Associate Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health and Stephen Cavanagh, Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The complete roster is available as a PDF.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.

See below for the recruitment advisory committee roster.