Clin. Nurse Specialist PICU

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POST DATE 9/7/2016
END DATE 12/9/2016

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


The Clinical Nurse Specialist 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 leadership/clinical encompasses patient care, teaching, consultation and research.

The PICU is a multidisciplinary 14 bed Intensive Care Unit for children from birth to the age of 19. The all RN staff is dedicated to the practice of primary nursing, while embracing a Family Centered Care philosophy. Families are valued from the moment they enter the unit and the nursing staff is artful at assessing their needs and establishing an individualized plan to meet them. As the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Partners Network, this unit serves a culturally and clinically diverse, high acuity patient population from a wide catchement area The patient care delivery model is a Relationship Based Care model, supported by patient-focuses, high quality, comprehensive, accessible, supportive and personalized Care.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) promotes competent, compassionate nursing care for patients/families within her/his area of specialization. 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.

5 years of Pediatric nursing experience preferred, ICU experience required.

Primary 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.

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.

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. Minimum 5 years of progressive nursing experience, Pediatric experience preferred, ICU experience required.

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 minimum 5 years of Pediatric Nursing experience preferred, ICU experience required.

c. Certification in specialty area, if available, desired.

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.