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POST DATE 9/10/2016
END DATE 10/27/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Masters Degree


Excellent opportunity for a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Blake 12 multidisciplinary ICU!


Blake 12 is an 18 bed multidisciplinary intensive care unit responsible for the care of adult patients with a variety of surgical and medical conditions including Transplant and Trauma patients. This unit is the primary assignment for critically ill patients benefitting from multidisciplinary care with a variety of surgical and medical conditions including post-operative complex abdominal, orthopedic, vascular, and thoracic surgical illness with hemodynamic instability, sepsis, ARDS, multiple trauma, intracranial hypertension and multi-system organ dysfunction/failure. Technologies and therapies used to support patients are multiparameter physiologic monitoring including ICP monitoring, mechanical ventilation, microinfusion, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration and nitric oxide therapy. The patient care delivery model is a Relationship Based Care model, supported by Patient-focused care, is high quality, comprehensive, accessible, supportive and personalized
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a masters prepared nurse with an area of specialization who promotes competent, compassionate and professional nursing care for patients/families across the continuum. The role is a leadership/clinical practice role encompassing patient care, teaching, consultation and research. In collaboration with the Nursing Director and the nursing staff, the CNS influences outcomes and ensures quality patient care.

Applicants for this position should be energetic leaders that are able to motivate others towards change. Someone who is skilled at managing conflict and initiating/maintaining collaborative relationships with peers, staff, administration and interdisciplinary health team members to enhance delivery of health care is a must.


* Master's degree in Nursing required.

* Current Massachusetts RN License required.

* Current CNS certification granted by a Board recognized certifying organization.

* Knowledge of surgical, medical and critical care nursing preferred. CNS experience preferred

* 5-10 years of progressive nursing experience required.

* ICU nursing experience requiredPrimary responsibilities of the CNS include:

* Supporting independent nursing practice through collaborative, consultative and role modeling activities

* Applying new technology, nursing theories, research findings and experiential knowledge to improve nursing practice

* Responding to changes in clinical practice by planning, designing, implementing or evaluating guidelines, protocols and standards in collaboration with the nursing director, nursing staff and others.

* Implementing and evaluating educational programs and practice changes based upon assessed learning needs of patients, families, and staff.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Requirements

a. Graduation from a graduate degree program with a clinical practicum designed to prepare the graduate for practice as a CNS that is approved by a national accrediting organization for academic programs acceptable to the Board, and

b. Successful completion of, at minimum, core content at the graduate level in advanced assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacotherapeutics.

c. Current CNS certification granted by a Board recognized certifying organization

Nursing Practice Specialist Requirements a. Masters degree in Nursing.

b. Relevant professional experience in clinical nursing specialty.

c. Certification in specialty area, if available, desired.
Job Description:

1.0 Demonstrates excellence in professional nursing practice.

1.1 Supports independent nursing practice of professional nurses through collaborative, consultative, and role modeling activities.

1.2 Analyzes clinical and non-clinical variables to anticipate patient care needs and predict responses.

1.3 Identifies current trends in health care and their implication for nursing practice.

1.4 Promotes the progression of patients along the clinical pathway continuum.

1.5 Applies new technology, nursing theories, research findings and experiential knowledge to improve nursing practice.

1.6 Responds to change in clinical practice by planning, designing, implementing and evaluating guidelines, protocols and standards in collaboration with the Nursing Director and others.

1.7 Identifies ethical issues in nursing practice and guides staff and other providers in application of ethical concepts to patient care issues.

1.8 Applies innovative approaches to solving complex problems.

2.0 Develops, implements, and evaluates educational programs based upon assessed learning needs of patients, families, and staff.

2.1 Identifies learning needs and develops and implements programs for patient education within the area of specialization.

2.2 Supports, participates, and contributes to educational programs for staff at the unit/service/interdepartmental.

2.3 Facilitates the acquisition of advanced clinical skills in staff nurses, and graduate students through role modeling, practice, and consultation in the clinical setting.

3.0 Provides expert consultation to patients, families, nurses, and other health care providers to promote positive patient care outcomes.

3.1 Initiates, facilitates and develops interdisciplinary collaboration.

3.2 Provides consultation at the unit, program, service, administrative, and community level(s).

3.3 Acts as a resource to colleagues and consumers.

3.4 Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of the consultative process.

4.0 Participates in research activities that will positively affect patient care and patient care outcomes.

4.1 Uses nursing theories and research findings to plan, design, evaluate nursing practice and to generate researchable clinical problems.

4.2 Initiates, or participates in quality assurance and performance improvement activities for evaluation of structure, process and outcome criteria as it relates to clinical practice.

4.3 Promotes staff and student utilization of the research process.

4.4 Participates in and supports research.

4.5 Utilizes scientific method in collecting data on clinical practice issues.

5.0 Demonstrates accountability for ongoing personal/professional development.

5.1 Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current nursing and health care practices

5.2 Identifies own learning needs and goals, and designs a plan to meet them.

5.3 Takes responsibilities for leadership and participation on committees and task forces of the DON, hospital, and Partners.

5.4 Participates in activities that foster peer support and networking.

Fulfills professional role through involvement in professional organization activities, presentations, and publications.

Continually evaluates quality and safety performance, identifies improvement opportunities and plans and implements programs for improvement.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.