The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) maintains competence in an area of expertise and assists in the development, review and implementation of nursing and hospital policies, procedures and protocol guidelines. Evaluates staff educational needs and coordinates the design/implementation of performance improvement programs for staff based on regulatory, nursing and hospital requirements to support safe patient care delivery. The CNS is accountable for expert management and consultation for a specific/given patient population. Represents nursing (service/practice wide) on nursing and hospital work groups and committees, and coordinates work groups to address patient/nursing care issues. Accountable for patient care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient care processes and models of care delivery. The Level V Clinical Nurse Specialist may assume an expanded department role as available and assigned by the Associate Director or Director.
Qualifications:1. Education - Masters Degree in Nursing with Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner tract preferred. Or, other applicable Master's Degree with a geriatric focus. 2. Experience – 3 – 5 years' recent experience in an acute care hospital setting. 3. License/Certification Required – Licensure to practice as a nurse in the State of New York. NP certification if applicable. Current Certification for Expanded Role in Nursing (CRNA) if applicable. CPR and/or ACLS.4. Skills - Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Effective teaching skills. Proficient, efficient and safe independent clinical practice capability. Competent computer skills (MS Office software)
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