The Clinical Nurse Educator/Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a professional nurse who possesses advanced knowledge and clinical skills in an area(s) of clinical specialization. Responsible for providing clinical expertise in a specialty and functions as an education clinician and consultant. Supports the established philosophy and framework of Nursing Services. Demonstrates expertise in clinical area with emphasis on nursing process, research principles, organization policies and nursing standards of care. Acts as a role model, serves as primary staff development resource, and formally instructs staff. Promotes the delivery of high quality, safe, appropriate, and cost-effective nursing care serves as a facilitator for specific staff education programs. The Clinical Nurse Educator performs education activities that validate, develop, maintain and enhance nursing skills and competencies relative to patient care. Participates in hospital-wide projects and initiative.
Baccalaureate or Master's Degree in Nursing.
Specialty training in area of assigned responsibility.
Minimum of five years recent nursing practice with at least 2 year in area of specialty and in-depth knowledge of Clinical nursing practice for area (s) of assigned responsibility is required.
Must have prior experience demonstrating the ability to work with minimal supervision and prioritize organize work.
Experience demonstrating knowledge of principles of adult learning and the ability to adapt teaching style to a varied audience is required.
Must have demonstrated strong organizational and project development skills.
In-depth knowledge of practice, treatment procedures and performance standards for assigned clinical areas.
In-depth knowledge of benchmarks and/or best practice guidelines.
Working knowledge of regulatory agencies.
License, certification and/or registration:
Current RN License
CA BRN CNS Certification preferred
Special Skills and/or Equipment Used:
Demonstrated leadership, communication and teaching skills.
Independently practices and prioritizes multiple demands.
Excellent Verbal and written communication and presentation skills are required.
Must be able to use word processing and presentation software.
The ability to effectively coordinate efforts with others, including interdisciplinary groups, without direct line of authority is required.
Self-motivated and proven ability to work both independently and effectively as a team member with a variety of healthcare specialists.
Excellent critical thinking and clinical expertise.
Demonstrates knowledge of concepts of educational needs assessment, planning, curriculum development, training implementation and evaluation of training required.
Under the direction of the department director or designee, prioritize and manage multiple demands in an ever-changing environment.