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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Pediatric Cardiac ICU (CLIN NURSE 5)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 1/8/2017

University of California - San Francisco Medical Centers San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Masters Degree


Job Title

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Pediatric Cardiac ICU (CLIN NURSE 5)

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Job Code


Job Family

Other Nursing


Mission Bay

Weekly Hours

40 ; 100%

Appointment Type



Peds Surgical Intensive Care M


8-hour Days

Full/Part Time


Union Information

This classification is not represented by a union

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Our legacy of unsurpassed patient care and unceasing mission to integrate high-tech medical research with clinical operations has led to our prestigious standing as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. As a premier health care institution dedicated to advancing health worldwide, UCSF Medical Center can also be the best place to advance and shape your career.

The medical center's employees are one of the most important reasons why we are recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals. To work at UCSF Medical Center is to be part of an institution that provides the highest caliber of care to patients; a nurturing, dynamic and team-oriented atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.

Department Description

The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) specializes in the care of children with complex congenital cardiac disease. Surgical procedures include repair of congenital heart defects and permanent pacemaker insertion. Medical interventions include management of acute/chronic heart failure, septic shock, renal and respiratory failure. Critically ill children are cared for with such treatment modalities as mechanical ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, ventricular assist devices, temporary pacemaker therapy, peritoneal dialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy and acute hemodialysis.

Job Summary

The Clinical Nurse Specialist has in-depth knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of nursing practice. Under general direction, the nurse has continued responsibilities for clinical practice, education, consultation, research and departmental leadership and is accountable to the Executive Director.

The Pediatric Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is responsible for planning and provision of nursing care for children requiring cardiac nursing care in UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital (BCH). Primary areas of oversight will be the pediatric Cardiac Transitional Care Unit (CTCU) and the pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). However, the CNS will provide patient consultation and will support the standard of care for cardiac patients throughout BCH.

The CNS will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a standardized and comprehensive program for the nursing care of children requiring cardiac nursing care and will oversee the implementation of this program. This will be done in consultation and collaboration with the nursing staff, CICU attendings, cardiothoracic surgeons, and cardiologists. The CNS will assess and identify the educational needs of the nursing staff and will collaborate with the unit managers, Institute of Nursing Excellence to meet these needs. The CNS will assess and identify the educational needs of the physicians and will collaborate with the medical director of the CICU to meet these needs. The CNS will document face-to-face encounters with clinical notes in the medical record.

The CNS will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, physicians, administrative staff, as well as allied health professionals within the hospital and the community to provide consistent care to each patient/family.

The goal of the CNS is to support excellence in direct and indirect patient care in the areas of BCH where children receive cardiac nursing care.

The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required.


Service Excellence

* Demonstrates service excellence by following the Everyday PRIDE Guide with the UCSF Medical Center standards and expectations for communication and behavior. These standards and expectations convey specific behavior associated with the Medical Center s values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence, and provide guidance on how we communicate with patients, visitors, faculty, staff, and students, virtually everyone, every day and with every encounter. These standards include, but are not limited to: personal appearance, acknowledging and greeting all patients and families, introductions using AIDET, managing up, service recovery, managing delays and expectations, phone standards, electronic communication, team work, cultural sensitivity and competency.

* Uses effective communication skills with patients and staff; demonstrates proper telephone techniques and etiquette; acts as an escort to any patient or family member needing directions; shows sensitivity to differences of culture; demonstrates a positive and supportive manner in which patients / families/ colleagues perceive interactions as positive and supportive. Exhibits team work skills to positively acknowledge and recognize other colleagues, and uses personal experiences to model and teach Living PRIDE standards.

* Exhibits tact and professionalism in difficult situations according to PRIDE Values and Practices

* Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to privacy, confidentiality, and security policies and procedures related to Protected Health Information (PHI) or other sensitive and personal information.

* Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to safety and infection control policies and procedures.

* Assumes accountability for improving quality metrics associated with department/unit and meeting organizational/departmental targets.

Work Environment

* Keeps working areas neat, orderly and clutter-free, including the hallways. Adheres to cleaning processes and puts things back where they belong. Removes and reports broken equipment and furniture.

* Picks up and disposes of any litter found throughout entire facility.

* Posts flyers and posters in designated areas only; does not post on walls, doors or windows.

* Knows where the Environment of Care Manual is kept in department; corrects or reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate departments.

* Protects the physical environment and equipment from damage and theft.

Required Qualifications

* Active RN license in the State of California

* Active Clinical Nurse Specialist License in the State of California

* Master s Degree in Nursing

* A minimum of three years of bedside nursing experience in caring for pediatric cardiology and/or pediatric cardiothoracic surgery populations

* Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills

* The ability to, and experience in, working as a member of a multidisciplinary team

* Excellent teaching and mentoring skills

* The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required

Preferred Qualifications

* N/A


* Active Registred Nurse licensure in the State of California

* Active Clinical Nurse Specialist License in the State of California

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Further information about the University of California, San Francisco, is available at UCSF seeks candidates whose skills, and