The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is the clinical leader for a specific patient population and area of nursing practice within SHC. Demonstrated expertise in clinical practice in a focus area, evidence-based practice, collaboration, consultation, education, mentoring, quality improvement, and change leadership. The CNS advances the practice of nursing and the professional development of nurses through specialized knowledge and skills in three major areas of focus: patient/family, nurses and nursing practice, and the organization/system. The CNS partners with the Nurse Manager and Nursing Quality Coordinator to lead nursing clinical practice by coordinating and guiding clinical activities/projects with clinical nurses and collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to design, implement, and measure safe, cost-effective, evidence-based care strategies. The CNS is responsible for maintaining current professional knowledge and competencies and contributing to the advancement of the practice of nursing at the unit/system, local, state and/or national and international level.
Master's or doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited college or university. Graduate of a CNS program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Demonstrated clinical competence and in-depth knowledge in specialty (Psychiatry).
Licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of California. Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the State of California. Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association (AHA). All CNSs who are credentialed and privileged before July 1, 2015 have 18 months to obtain national certification.