RN Clinical Nurse Specialist - Critical Care
Improves patient care and achieves quality, cost-effective and patient-focused clinical outcomes by serving as an advanced practice clinician, educator, consultant, leader and researcher for a specific patient population (e.g. cardiovascular/surgical critical care, med/surg, etc.) in accordance with Franciscan Health System (FHS) standards/guidelines, applicable statutory requirements and accepted clinical practice for the clinical nurse specialist profession. An incumbent serves as a nursing practice expert to treatment teams, with the expertise to deal with a large number of variables relative to all aspects of nursing process to include assessment, plan of care, implementation of interventions with emphasis on those necessary to address complex treatment issues and determine specific course of action to meet patient’s needs and to attain and maintain optimum quality of nursing care.
Work also includes creating/maintaining standards and systems for care delivery for the defined patient population. These systems of care delivery promote compliance with evidence-based practice and CMS quality of care indicators, and are designed to support the management of productivity targets within the context of constant change in patient volumes, patient acuity, and available resources. An incumbent promotes compliance with evidence-based best practices and CMS quality of care indicators, and facilitates nursing staff development through involvement in clinical practice, education, consultation and nursing research activities.
Work requires strong clinical nursing expertise and an understanding of educational concepts, patient care standards/practices and applicable regulatory requirements specific to the assigned specialty area. An incumbent exercises a high degree of discretion/independent judgment and applies advanced skills obtained through extensive clinical preparation and graduate-level academic study. Situations encountered entail the application of sound critical thinking skills in making decisions regarding patient care (within the scope of practice), the integration of available standards, resources and data, and in the efficient utilization of staff/resources. Knowledge of adult education/quality improvement concepts, methodologies and tools, and of the importance of data to performance improvement processes is also required. Work is performed in collaboration with hospital management, nursing leadership, physicians and other departments in the advancement of staff competency, clinical quality and achievement of core measures quality indicators.
Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible RN work experience Critical Care
Successful completion of a clinical nurse specialist program is strongly preferred.
Work experience must be in cardiovascular critical care (e.g. open heart recovery).
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse issued by the Washington State Board of Nursing.
Current CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse), CSC (Cardiac Surgery) Certification, and/or CNS (Certified Nurse Specialist) Certification is preferred.
Current healthcare provider BLS Certification.
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