Thought Leadership Blog

  • 12/22/17

    Kirby Bates Associates wishes you & yours
    the very best this holiday season.
    Have a happy & healthy New Year! 

  • 12/19/17

    Kirby Bates Associates is honored to conduct the search to recruit the CNO/CEO for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Hospital Association (AHA). As reflected in the title, the role has dual responsibility as the CEO for AONE and as the CNO for AHA. The CEO/CNO serves as a national leader with the AONE Board of Directors and is a member of the AHA executive management team. The CNO/CEO will advance the strategic plan, vision and mission of AONE, the “voice of nursing leadership” on clinical issues, healthcare policy, and nursing practice across the healthcare continuum.  The CNO/CEO also supports the mission and vision of AHA and provides leadership on nursing issues.

    Since 1967, the AONE has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care nationwide.  For more information please visit their website at www.aone.org


    • Bachelors and Masters degrees are required, one of which must be in Nursing; a Doctoral degree is preferred.
    • Executive nursing leadership experience is required as well as the ability to promote the professional development of nurse leaders, clinical research and the advancement of nursing administrative practice.
    • Experience as a board or committee member on national/regional forum for an association such as AONE, AHA, ANA or a state association is required. Prior employment as a leader in a professional association is desirable.
    • Membership in AONE and active involvement in AONE programs is required.
    • Strategic and visionary leadership with strong business acumen and educational program development and evaluation is required.
    • Knowledge of healthcare policy and the ability to influence legislative and regulatory issues to promote nursing leadership/practice and support quality patient care.  
    • Demonstrated excellence in communication, facilitation and strong interprofessional collaboration.
    • The ability to travel 50% of the time.

    The CNO/CEO’s primary location will be in the AONE Chicago office with a regular need to meet with AHA leaders in the Washington DC area. As the leader of a national association, the individual will be required to be visible and accessible to the AONE Board and members and available to participate in numerous regional and national forums.

    Procedure for candidacy:
    Please feel free to send a resume or contact Kirby Bates Associates directly. Nominations are always greatly appreciated:

    Warm Regards, 

    M. Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN
    Executive Vice President, Search Services
    617-514-0050   |   jfitzsimmons@kirbybates.com

    As a prior CNO/COO, Jane brings expertise in executive search, leadership, and consulting. She successfully manages executive and senior leadership searches for healthcare organizations and systems across the country. 

  • Gaining a New Perspective


    There is an old adage that nurses make the worst patients. I recently had the experience of "trading places” by being a patient at a community hospital just south of Boston. With many decades as a nursing and hospital administrator under my belt, I can tell you that this was both a challenging and enlightening experience.


    I received outstanding care from all caregivers, most notably the Nursing Staff. The nurses provided care to me that was responsive, professional, gentle, and competent. However, most impressive to me was that they never seemed rushed and were always looking out for my best interests.

    As a former nursing administrator, this outstanding care begged the question for me, “Why is this team of nurses so overwhelmingly positive, supportive, and great at what they do?”

    I learned that the nursing leadership team at this hospital is very stable and the staff feels supported in all that they do, even in the challenging current hospital environment.

    What would happen?

    It's interesting to ponder what would happen if their nursing leadership team was not intact due to either chronic vacancies or sudden departures of key leaders. The stability they have worked so hard to establish would certainly be adversely impacted. A nursing leadership team with vacancies needs a solution and often cannot just continue to overstretch its existing leaders.  

    Kirby Bates Interim Services is the solution to nursing leadership teams in times of need.

    More hospitals are turning to KBA for their hospital interim nursing leadership needs and it is easy to see why. The highest caliber of interim CNOs, Directors, and Managers come from KBA with added convenience as you can decide how best to suit your needs and budget.

    Kirby Bates Associates offers flexible options as hospitals can choose their preferred method of securing outstanding KBA interim nursing leaders.  

    What is best for you?  

    • Full-Service Model

      • KBA employs the interim leader directly as a KBA employee.
      • Easy all-inclusive one invoice model.
    • Hospital Employment Model

      • The hospital employs the interim leader as a temporary employee.
      • Custom designed, hospital controlled expense model.

    Choose KBA interim nursing leadership, you’ll be glad you did!

    Doris A. Sinkevich
    MS, RN, CENP
    Executive VP
    Interim Services

    Doris leads KBA Interim Leadership Services. She is an accomplished healthcare executive, bringing over 30 years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience to her responsibilities at KBA. Her previous roles as a CNO, COO, and regional senior healthcare executive have encompassed acute care, behavioral health, and long-term acute care settings including public and private hospitals, for-profit organizations and private industry. 

    Contact Doris:

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