Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) - Cardiac PCU 200 and CVICU: Center for Professional Excellence & Inquiry (1.0FTE, Days)

Category: Nursing Staff
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 13196
FTE: 1

Nursing Staff

1.0 FTE, 10 Hour Day Shift

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) will support LPCH: Cardiac - PCU 200 and Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) inpatient areas

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Unit Descriptions

LPCH Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is a premier 20 bed Unit which has grown into a world-class comprehensive cardiac and cardiothoracic program.  Family centered care espousing a nurturing climate of comfort and support offsets a high tech state of the art environment.  Advance your career in a renowned center of clinical and educational excellence.

LPCH Cardiac - PCU 200 Unit has a combination of acute care Pediatric Heart/Lung transplant, Ventricular Assistive Devices (Berlin, Heart Ware and Heart Mate) patients, and Pediatric & Adult cardiovascular surgery and cardiology patients. We also have the capability of taking on overflow patients from other services.  PCU 200 is a 26 bed unit.

Position Description

Clinical Nurse Specialists are Master's Degree prepared advanced practice Registered Nurses in roles characterized by the following responsibilities: 1) provide care for patients with multiple or complex health needs within a specific clinical area; 2) use advanced clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of patients; 3) use theoretical and clinical expertise to assist health care providers and patients in promoting or achieving optimal health; 4) develop and implement standards of nursing practice; 5) serve as a consultant or expert resource person for other health providers; 6) facilitate an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to meeting the needs of patients; 7) seek consultations and make referrals as needed; and 8) promote research to improve clinical nursing practice. Clinical Nurse Specialists assess, plan, provide and evaluate specialized nursing care of patients by advancing the quality and scope of nursing practice through clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and administrative roles in the area of clinical expertise (e.g., diabetes, cardiology, respiratory, pediatrics, etc.) for a specified patient population.

Essential Functions

•Analyzes unit patient care plans currently for evidence of documentation of standards of practice, shares findings with staff, and collaborates in developing a variety of valid and reliable assessment tools to assist staff with documentation records.

•Demonstrates expertise in the execution of daily patient care, providing collaboration, direction, and instruction to the staff in the application and utilization of the nursing process.

•Elects, implements, and evaluates comforting, therapeutic, restorative, and preventative nursing measures for selected patients.

•Expertise in the planning and delivery of special patient care problems.

•In collaboration with nursing managers and other researchers, performs, assists with.

•Initiates, evaluates and revises nursing plans of care that reflect a multidisciplinary approach to patient care; coordinates the nursing plan of care with the medical plan of care.

•Maintains and teaches others the specialized knowledge and skill necessary to perform techniques and routines in the specialty service area.

•Offers consultative services within nursing services and to other disciplines to provide or participates in planning, development, execution and evaluation of clinical research.

•Participates in the hospital's quality improvement program; collaborates in setting unit standards of care and monitors indicators of quality.

•Provides direct patient care using consistency in assessing current patient care situations, priorities, and needs.

•Provides safety, comfort care, and treatment of patients according to established legal, ethical, and institutional standards.

•Serves as a consultant to patients, families, and staff.

Tertiary Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist

The clinical nurse specialist (CNS), shall be:

•A R.N. licensed by the State of California, with experience in a clinical specialty related to pediatrics; and

•Certified as a CNS by the State Board of Registered Nursing, as per the California Business and Professions Code, Chapter 6, Section 2838 of the Nursing Practice Act.

The CNS shall be responsible for:

•Coordination and assessment of educational development and clinical competency of the nursing staff in the pediatric service(s)/department(s). The CNS shall be responsible for ensuring continued clinical nursing competencies through educational programs for both the newly hired and experienced nursing staff.

•Consultation with staff on complex nursing care issues.

•Oversight of comprehensive parent education activities; and

•Ensuring the implementation of a coordinated and effective discharge planning program.

For hospitals with a separate adolescent service(s)/department(s), there shall be a CNS available for consultation who has education and experience in the care of adolescents and young adults.


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master's degree in a work-related discipline/field from an accredited college or university

Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience

License/Certification: CA Registered Nurse (RN), CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

•Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

•Ability to conduct research, document results, draw conclusions and make recommendations.

•Ability to develop and perform patient assessment and plan of care.

•Ability to identify competency-based education needs of and implement educational programs for staff.

•Ability to perform patient assessment and triage.

•Ability to provide consultation to physicians, nurses and other health care providers in meeting care needs of patients.

•Ability to provide direct evaluation and consultation to patients.


•Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English effectively at a level appropriate for the safe and effective performance of the job.

•Knowledge of advanced clinical practice education, consultation, research, and administration.

•Knowledge of clinical operations, workflow and procedures.

•Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

•Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives as well as issues and developments in the field of nursing, especially as applied to the area of nursing specialty.

•Skill: Advanced nursing skills in area of specialty.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.