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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Stafford, VA

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American Heart Association CPR
RN License
Job Summary:
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a registered professional nurse who demonstrates expertise in a specific area of clinical nursing that has been further developed through Masters preparation in Nursing with Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Using principles of case management, the CNS focuses on improvement of processes, treatments, plans of care and other related interventions and makes recommendations to improve the delivery of high quality care to all patient populations. The CNS functions as a clinical resource, providing clinical, professional, educational and quality improvement consultation to MWH/SH Associates in pursuit of evidence-based care and optimal improved patient outcomes. The scope of practice encompasses the use of the nursing process in: practice, education, consultation, research and administration. This position, must demonstrate a commitment of quality service to our patients, the public, physicians and our Associates. The Clinical Nurse Specialist is responsible for facilitating the development of clinical excellence in respective areas of assignment and will serve as a resource for nurses and other healthcare professionals. The CNS must also serve as a resource throughout the organization for patient populations within their clinical expertise.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
Develops tools to gain information and analyzes information regarding education and instructional needs to promote excellence in nursing practice:
Frequent direct observation of the delivery of care and utilization of clinical practice opportunities to assist nurses:
Providing guidance in nursing care
Evaluating nursing practice
Providing informal education
Participates in patient care advocacy directed toward improving quality of patient care within cost effective parameters.
Acts as role model by integrating the components of the professional role: Clinical excellence, consultation, education, leadership and research/evaluation.
Collaborates with other health care disciplines within the hospital and community to develop effective patient care programs.
Identifies patients at risk and proposes solutions based on evaluation of patient care outcomes.
Evaluates current practice standards in collaboration with the interdisciplinary leadership team.
Participates in the development of practice and competencies to promote quality patient care.
Responds to requests for consultations and offers expert knowledge to nursing team and clinical nursing educators.
Participates in the development of educational programs based and educating nursing team on professional and institutional standards of care:
to assist nursing team in meeting performance expectations
to increase knowledge base of nursing team
Conducts an annual learning needs assessment and educational plan for each department within their area of responsibility.
Make recommendations for the orientation of new staff and assists in developing orientation programs for new services as requested.
Identifies family education needs in collaboration with the nursing team and provides teaching support as necessary.
Participates in hospital-wide educational programs as requested and educational activities outside the hospital as appropriate.
Supports nursing research to promote clinical knowledge development and research based clinical practice.
Conducts formal research to meet identified needs.
Evaluates current research finding for specialty and determines applicability in practice setting.
Communicates and collaborates with nurse managers and colleagues for research-based changes in practice.
Updates policies to reflect current research and evidence-based practice.
Assists nurse colleagues in research efforts.
Obtains and makes available current research pertinent to practice.
Demonstrates leadership abilities and participates in professional activities that support clinical excellence by:
Promoting and supporting the philosophies of Mary Washington Healthcare and their respective departments.
Supporting and promoting department goals and objectives.
Utilizing effective communication techniques with leadership.
Prepares and submits to director a periodic report to include goals, plans and accomplishments.
Assuming responsibility in planning personal work schedule to meet the clinical and educational needs of the department.
Acquiring new knowledge as evidenced by completion of continuing education requirements for relicensure in areas relevant to designated specialty.
Functioning as change agent by introducing practice innovations and conceptualizing new formats for nursing practice.
Participating in departmental committees, appropriate hospital-wide committees and administrative meetings as assigned.
Assuming consultant role to nurses and other professionals from outside organizations in the area of expertise.
Participates in professional activities and organization; demonstrates a commitment to and assumes accountability for own professional development for acquiring and maintaining job proficiency.
Displays a caring and courteous attitude and represents the hospital philosophy in a positive manner to all team members.
Updates Nursing Leadership and Associates on new and innovative programs, processes, equipment, and supplies for the purpose of impacting on improved patient care.
Evaluates existing programs, proposals and recommends methods and approaches concerning enhancing efficiencies and improved patient care processes and outcomes.
May conduct trials and evaluations for clinical equipment towards gaining best value for the hospital and/or department.
Clinical liaison to the CQVA teams.
Supervises and manages the Nurse Educator in all aspects of their job.
Perform other duties as requested.
RN license in state of Virginia.
Masters in Nursing and advanced knowledge of nursing theory and practice within clinical Specialty is required.
Professional certification required by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.
Minimum of five (5) years clinical nursing experience in specialty settings required
Knowledge of adult learning principles required.
Skill in the use of specialized equipment used in respective area of practice.
Familiarity with philosophy, organizational structure and policies and procedures of respective clinical departments is highly desirable.
Exceptional interpersonal skills: communication, collaboration and conflict resolution. Knowledge of systems and change process.
Demonstrated leadership skills, creativity, self direction and organization required.
Demonstrates sensitivity to cost containment measures and creates an atmosphere which encourages this practice by conserving hospital supplies, equipment and human resources.
Must meet the physical qualifications of the job.

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