Clinical Nurse Specialist (ICU) - RUHS-Medical Center

  • Location: Moreno Valley, CA
  • Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Job Description

Riverside University Health System-Medical Center is currently recruiting for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for the Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU). The CNS will be responsible for directing the clinical nursing practice, coordination and assessment of critical care educational development and clinical competency of ICU nursing staff, ensuring continued critical care nursing competency through education programs for both the newly hired and experienced nursing staff, and providing oversight of comprehensive parent and/or primary caretaker education activities.

Minimum Requirements: Qualified candidates will possess four (4) years of clinical nursing experience in the ICU, a Master's degree in nursing and and a CNS license. Will have advanced knowledge of the concepts and theories related to adult critical care and possess expert clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of critically ill patients.

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The Adult ICU is divided into 3 nursing units with a total of 36-bed occupancy dedicated to the trauma, medical, and surgical needs of the critically ill adult and elderly patients. A multi-disciplinary team approach is utilized to provide optimal care for our diverse population. The unit is staffed with all Registered Nurses who work closely and collaborate with the medical staff, respiratory therapists, social workers, pharmacists, and other clinicians to meet the physiological and psychosocial needs of the individual.

Use advanced clinical skills to direct nursing practice, providing direct patient care within the area of specialty.

Evaluate the nursing care of patients requiring continued follow-up; collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to develop an integrated plan of care; create a collegial environment to produce shared ideas increasing the medical unit's overall quality of care.

Function as a clinical consultant using acquired knowledge, background, and experience to identify and resolve complex or unique nursing care problems.

Identify the need for new or modified standardized policies and procedures through collaboration with supervisory team; implement needed changes.

Serve as a professional resource in area of clinical specialty to staff, management, community members, students within the health profession, and other hospitals; participate in community activities related to healthcare.

Collaborate with the Director of Nursing Services or senior level nursing administrator to facilitate the clinical development and proficiency of the nursing staff; assess educational/ training needs of staff; develop, implement and conduct nursing education programs specifically designed to meet identified areas of deficiency.

Participate in the development and implementation of patient/family education programs.

Conduct or participate in research of specialty area; communicate research findings, innovations in area of specialty, and new technologies to staff; assist in maintaining patient statistics and administrative records.

Provide strategic direction to medical staff to modify existing methodologies resulting in the adoption of new evidence-based practices.

Develop population specific clinical guidelines, policies, and procedures to standardize methods of care.

Determine cost benefit versus fiscal impact of implementing new products, services, and technologies.

Pursue continuing education to expand clinical knowledge and expertise.

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in nursing.

Experience: Four years of clinical nursing experience, two years of which must have been in a specialty area related to the assignment.

Knowledge of: Techniques used to assess patient/family and staff education needs; current regulatory requirements pertinent to the area of clinical specialty; principles, practices, and techniques used in nursing care in the specialty area; community resources and referral systems; legal implications of advanced practice roles in nursing; principles of quality assurance and research; principles of supervision; administrative functions.

Ability to: Provide care to patients with acute and chronic health problems; collaborate with the healthcare team; practice under standardized protocols; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, families, healthcare team members, and other professionals; assess the educational needs of the nursing staff; supervise and evaluate the performance of subordinate nursing staff.

License/Certificate: Must possess and maintain a current valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California and a certificate authorizing practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the State of California.

This recruitment is open to all applicants.

Applicants who are current County of Riverside employees and/or current employees of the Department/Agency may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received.

Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.

The preliminary closing date for this posting is Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm however postings may close at any time.

Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.

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The County of Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the County of Riverside to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non job-related factor.

Riverside University Health System

14375 Nason St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92555

Phone: (951) 486-5501