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Clinical Nurse Specialist - NICU

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Part Time

Days

0.6; Days; 0800-1630

7311

Verity Health System offers a dynamic environment for individuals dedicated to careers in health care -- whether you seek a clinical or administrative role.  Created in December 2015, the new Verity Health System team is working to revitalize our facilities to create a more welcoming, healing environment for our patients.  We are investing in new technology to advance our delivery of safe, quality patient care.  If you welcome the challenge of re-inventing healthcare for the patients we serve at our Verity Health hospitals and through our Verity Medical Foundation, this could be the opportunity for you.  With more than 8,000 employees and physicians, Verity Health is a non-profit, non-religious health care system with 1,650 inpatient beds, six active emergency rooms and host of medical specialties including:  orthopedics, transplant surgery, cardiology, maternal/child health and wound care, among other specialties.  We are committed to the Verity Values of Caring, Respect, and Integrity, Passion and Stewardship and the goal of serving our communities for generations to come. 

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Responsible for providing and advisory leadership to nurses in the Family Center through the Clinical Nurse Specialist role components of advanced practice, education, consultation, and research.  Delivers and facilitates high quality neonatal nursing care, identifies educational needs, plans for addressing those needs, responds to requests for problem resolution, promotes application of research in the clinical setting, acts as a clinical resource for management, capable of caring for the NICU population group and promotes the mission and values of the Healthcare System.  Serves as a clinical expert in directing the clinical nursing practice of the NICU population group.  Assists in the development, implementation, and training of the neonatal nursing staff to meet the organizational goals and CCS requirements for Community Level III NICU's.  Must be able to work collaboratively with the Clinical Manager & Director of the NICU to enhance the knowledge base of the nurses based on feedback and recommendations of the multidisciplinary group.  Acts as a consultant to the staff and will be responsible for the overall coordination of the discharge planning process and HRIF Program.

 

MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

·     Provides, facilitates, monitors and evaluates clinical practice to ensure compliance with standards and professional competence through consulting, counseling, coaching, and role modeling.

·  Consistently contributes to professional development of staff and ongoing educational needs of staff, patients, and families.

·  Consultation and research:  The Clinical Nurse Specialist is available to all nursing units, staff, and clinical managers on a continual basis for consultation on neonatal issues, patient care issues, problem solving, and to assist with change process.

·  Professional responsibility/development:  Maintains clinical expertise and leadership to meet role responsibilities.

·  Attends all required safety training programs and can describe his or her responsibilities related to general safety, department/service safety, and specific job-related hazards.

· Follows the hospital exposure control plans/blood borne and airborne pathogens.          

· Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment

·  Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a department/unit team inter- and interdepartmentally to facilitate the department's/unit's ability to meet its goals and objectives.

 

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Certification:

·     BSN required.

·     Current California RN license

·     Certified by the State Board of Registered Nurses as a CNS required

·     Current certification in Neonatal Nursing Care from a nationally accredited organization (e.g., NCC0), preferred. 

·     NRP required, NRP instructor recommended.

 

Work Experience:

·     Three years clinical experience in Neonatal Nursing Care. At least one of which shall have      been in a facility with a NICU that is equivalent to a Regional or Community NICU.

·     Evidence of expertise and competency in clinical nursing practice.

·     1-2 years' experience as a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) preferred.

 

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

·  Capable of caring for the neonatal population group and acting as a resource to enhance the knowledge base of the Intermediate NICU's Nursing Staff.

·  Must possess some basic knowledge of the development and physical needs of the pediatric population group.