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(CNS) Clinical Nurse Specialist-Nursing Education - 129757

Job Description

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/30/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an Advance Practice Registered Nurse prepared at the master's or doctorate level and is certified as a CNS with the California Board of Registered Nursing. The CNS is part of the leadership team and collaborates with members of their team to provide and influence optimal patient care and service in their patient population. The CNS demonstrates the competencies within the three spheres of influence of their practice model which are (1) the patient/family, (2) nursing practice, and (3) the organization, with the patient being integral to their purpose and practice. The CNS encompasses the following roles: clinical expert, consultant, leader, educator, evidence-based practice advocate, inter and intradepartmental liaison, and resource professional. The CNS educates, guides, and mentors the nursing staff and health care team members in the provision of patient care at a local and system level.

Depending on licensure and experience level, may be hired as a level 4 or level 5 CNS.

  • A Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN).

  • Registered Nurse (RN) license issued by the state of California.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification issued by the state of California or licensure / certification in another advanced nurse practice discipline.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Five (5+) or more years of relevant RN experience.

  • Recent experience in developing educational programs and materials.

  • Ability to develop learning to a wide range of audiences and cultures using adult learning strategies and a variety of instructional methodologies.

  • Recent experience with competency development and validation.

  • Recent experience with quality improvement or evidence-based practice change projects and organization change.

  • Experience with presentations at professional meetings/conferences.

  • Excels in working in a team environment.

  • Proficient with information systems and computer programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, planning and leadership skills.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Works effectively with patients and families.

  • Three (3) years of recent and relevant CNS experience.
  • Orthopedic nursing experience and/or certification.
  • Current specialty certification; must obtain within one year of hire.
  • Experience in a teaching hospital.
  • Experience working in a Magnet Hospital.
  • Experience with electronic health records.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $112,100 - $216,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $53.69 - $103.69

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html


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