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  1. Gruebling, Nicole DNP, RN, NEA-BC
  2. Beckman, Beth P. DNS, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  3. Reeves, Susan A. EdD, RN, CENP


With the evolution from single healthcare entities to health systems, the role of the system chief nurse executive (SCNE) has evolved. The SCNE leads at the highest executive level in the system and has continuum of care accountability. To effectively support the scope and breadth of the SCNE role, the organizational structure must contain key elements to ensure success. This article outlines the key elements of a system nursing organization and serves to aid in the development, improvement, and sustainability of successful system nursing structures.