Clinical Nurse Specialist - Critical Care

Portland, Oregon
Clinical Specialist, ICU / CCU, Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Part Time

***Hire On Bonus provided for this position***

The Legacy nursing philosophy focuses on patients and their families. Our nurses embody this philosophy in everything they do, as advocates, communicators, problem-solvers and caregivers. Their expertise is sought after and respected by our health care team. In short, they are the face of wellness at Legacy. Does this sound like an environment in which you could thrive? If so, we invite you to consider this opportunity. 

Legacy Health is a locally owned, nonprofit health system driven by our mission to improve the health of those around us. We offer a unique blend of health services across the Portland/Vancouver metro area and mid-Willamette Valley — from wellness and urgent care to dedicated children’s services and advanced medical centers — to care for patients of all ages when and where they need us. With an eye toward a healthier community, our partnerships tackle vital issues such as housing and mental health. Legacy strives to help everyone live healthier and better lives, with the vision of being essential to the health of the region.


The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) promotes professional development and the advancement of nursing practice, facilitates the provision of quality, evidence based care and is a change agent/role model.  The CNS demonstrates a firm clinical knowledge base in specialty practice and systems theory.  The CNS conducts and facilitates patient care consultation and provides resources to assess the impact and appropriateness of practice on patient outcomes.

The CNS uses clinical nursing expertise in diagnosis and treatment to prevent, remediate, or alleviate illness and promote health with a defined specialty population CNS practice is the translation of clinical expertise into nursing care provided either directly or by influencing nurses and nursing personnel through evidence-based nursing care standards. CNS practice also influences systems to mobilize, change, or transform these systems to facilitate expertly designed nursing intervention. Some CNSs may expand their nursing practice to include prescriptive authority for pharmacologic agents to augment the care that they are responsible and accountable to provide.



Graduate education with preparation as a CNS as required by state licensure.


Clinical experience requirements are dependent upon the specific position, and include a minimum of 2 years of experience in a related field.

  • Recent medical ICU/pulmonology experience preferred
  • CCRN Certification preferred



Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled


Current applicable state RN licensure and fully compliant with state requirements for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Basic Life Support (CPR). Prescriptive Authority with DEA number may be required depending on assignment. Current specialty certifications appropriate to position and area of practice preferred.


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