Career Center

NACNS is committed to furthering the careers of the CNS membership. To that end, we maintain a Job Board which is organized by state and can be searched by location and/or CNS specialty.

Company: Centra - Bedford, VA
Posting Date: 03/18/2019
Specialty: Medical-Surgical
Centra Clinical Nurse Specialist
Centra is seeking Clinical Nurse Specialists for full-time positions at Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, VA and Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA. Coverage at Bedford Memorial would include Medical Surgical, ICU, and Emergency. Coverage at Virginia Baptist would include Acute Rehab, Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Psych Mental Health, Surgical Services, and Women's/Children's services.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist is available as a clinical resource person and consultant for the staff to ensure patients receive quality care based on established standards of nursing practice. By exercising in depth clinical judgment and demonstrating leadership ability, the Clinical Nurse Specialist functions within a field of practice that focuses upon the needs of the patient system and encompasses the interaction among nursing colleagues and other health care professionals serving the patient. The practice reflects the American Nurses Association's Code for Nurses and the Nurse Practice Act of Virginia.
The clinical nurse specialist will provide clinical expertise to the facilities during off hours and weekends.
All positions will receive orientation in Lynchburg.
• Graduate of an accredited School of Registered Nursing.
• Master's or Doctoral Degree in Nursing with a focus in specialty from an accredited program.
• Two years successful clinical practice in specialty unit.
Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia by the State Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and as a Registered Clinical Nurse Specialist

- Full Time (> 32 hrs per week) [01] - Monday-Friday
- 2 Years’ Experience Required
For more information please contact Heidi Clay at or visit
Company: Nemours Children's Health System - Florida
Posting Date: 01/30/2019
Specialty: Pediatric Acute & Critical Care
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Acute and/or Critical Care
Orlando, FL

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.

Nemours is seeking a Clinical Nurse Specialist (FULL-TIME), to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, Florida.

Located in Orlando, Fla., Nemours Children’s Hospital is the newest addition to the Nemours integrated healthcare system. Our 100-bed pediatric hospital also features the area’s only 24-hour Emergency Department designed just for kids as well as outpatient pediatric clinics including several specialties previously unavailable in the region. A hospital designed by families for families, Nemours Children’s Hospital blends the healing power of nature with the latest in healthcare innovation to deliver world-class care to the children of Central Florida and beyond. In keeping with our goal of bringing Nemours care into the communities we serve, we also provide specialty outpatient care in several clinics located throughout the region.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) advanced practice nursing role is responsible to facilitate quality patient care in collaboration with Nursing Operations Leaders, nursing staff, and other disciplines through the integration of the following essential characteristics: Leadership, Clinical Expertise, Educator, Collaborator, Consultant, Researcher, and Mentor. The CNS intervenes on an individual patient/family level, a nurse-nurse level, and a systems level. The CNS coordinates and guides clinical activities/projects to improve outcomes and to promote integrated health care that is safe, equitable, timely, effective, and efficient.

Position Responsibilities

Additional miscellaneous duties and responsibilities, as may be assigned from time to time by employee’s supervisor.


• Recognizes and utilizes opportunities to function as a change agent by introducing nursing practice innovations, refining nursing techniques and procedures, and conceptualizing new formats of nursing practice
• Develops criteria for and evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice at an individual, unit, department, and systems level
• Develops, revises, supports, models, and interprets policies, protocols, and procedures using evidence-based information to achieve outcomes for indicators that are nursing sensitive
• Develops, implements, and maintains Joint Commission readiness for nursing and clinical areas as identified
• Leads clinical practice and quality improvement initiatives for a unit or program

Clinical Expertise:

• Investigation and identification of harmful and near miss events affecting patients in collaboration with Risk Management and Quality and Safety
• Develop and implement training, education, and process changes to mitigate harmful and near miss events affecting patient care
• Analyzes quality and safety reports from a systems level providing trends and raising areas of concern to nursing leadership
• Identifies, researches, and implements appropriate new technologies in collaboration with nurses, physicians, and healthcare specialists. Promotes and enlists the involvement of direct-care nurses and others to organize and implement planned change
• Identifies and researches the need for and works with appropriate resources to develop education related to new technologies, procedures, equipment and patient specific needs


• Participates in planning and implementation of educational programs related to nursing care
• Participates in the planning and implementation of interdisciplinary education


• Collaborates with Hospital and Department Educators on content and operational design of orientation, clinical competency, and other clinical educational program development
• Collaborates with nursing leadership in the monitoring and evaluation of the quality, safety, and appropriateness of patient care within the organization
• Works with the interdisciplinary team to develop practice environments that support shared decision making
• Works as a liaison with the interdisciplinary team to aid with identification of barriers affecting patient outcomes. Facilitates the discussion addressing barriers identified


• Participates in hospital programs for Quality Assessment and Improvement, identifying opportunities to improve services, making recommendations and implementing actions as appropriate and consistent with goals of Nemours


• Seeks opportunities for research, publication, and presentations at local and national conferences
• Utilizes research to promote evidence-based practice


• Mentors nurses to acquire new skills, develop their careers and effectively incorporate evidence into practice
• Assists staff in developing critical thinking and clinical judgment
• Creates a nursing care environment that stimulates continuous self-learning, reflective practice, feeling of ownership and demonstration of responsibility and accountability
• Acts as a mentor for Nurse Practice Council Quality and Safety Committee

Position Requirements

• Graduate of accredited school of nursing, MSN required
• Active Florida Registered Nurse Licensure Required
• National Board Certification as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist within 90 days of hire
• BLS and PALS upon hire
• Minimum 5 year related clinical experience in an Acute Care Area - Med/Surg, Rehab, Oncology

Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Company: Duke University Health System - North Carolina
Posting Date: 02/20/2019
Specialty: Adult Acute and Critical Care
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Discover Opportunities for a Lifetime at Duke Health

Duke University Health System has immediate opportunities for Clinical Nurse Specialists, who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together. We have CNS opportunities available, including:

• Adult Diabetes Education at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke University Hospital, or Duke Regional Hospital
• Infection Prevention at Duke University Hospital
• Neurology with Duke Health System

Clinical Nurse Specialist duties and responsibilities include:

• Coordinate with the nursing staff to identify patient care problems, to implement approaches to these problems and to evaluate the effectiveness of the approaches.
• Perform clinical evaluations and make clinical judgments based on a synthesis of concepts, principles, models and theories to solve complex problems.
• Serve as a consultant in a nursing specialty area for patients, nurses and other health team members throughout Duke University Medical Center and community agencies.
• Participate in departmental and hospital committees and meetings to facilitate improvement of patient care and development of goals, philosophies and objectives for a specialized patient population.
• Maintain liaison with faculty members of schools of nursing to arrange and facilitate clinical experience for nursing students; communicate with faculty members concerning students' needs and progress.
• Coordinate the development and implementation of an educational program designed to convey specialized knowledge and skills to nursing personnel.
• Coordinate plans for the professional development of the nursing staff assigned to a specialty unit area and serve as a practitioner of specialized patient care. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Ideal candidates will have a master’s degree in Nursing, three years of nursing experience, current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of NC and CNS recognition by the NCBON, CNS certification required, CDE and/or Advanced Diabetes Management certification preferred for Adult Diabetes Education positions, and BLS.

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Company: St. Charles Health System - Oregon
Posting Date: 02/04/2019
Specialty: Emergency
DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: The Clinical Practice & Professional Development (CPPD) Department is a system service department that provides clinical practice support and professional development opportunities to nursing and allied health caregivers at St. Charles Health System. CPPD also provides professional development opportunities to caregivers employed in non-clinical positions at St. Charles Health System and the Central Oregon/Pacific Northwest Communities. Specifically, CPPD delivers services through the following educational/practice service lines: Onboarding/Orientation, Competency Management, Continuing Education, Professional Role Development, Collaborative Partnerships and the American Heart Association St. Charles Health System Training Center.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) serves as the clinical practice expert in the delivery of evidence-based nursing interventions within the emergency department setting at St. Charles Health System. The CNS possesses advanced knowledge of the science of nursing within the specialty focus of emergency care and applies that knowledge through the three spheres of influence: patient/family, nurses and nursing practice, and the organization/system. The CNS translates theory and evidence to advance the health and knowledge of the patient/family, nurses and nursing practice and the organization/system. The CNS practices nursing within the nursing process, as a licensed advanced practice nurse, through the standards of assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning and implementation and evaluation. The CNS is competent in the standards of care and standards of professional performance specific to the specialty focus of emergency care and CNS competencies are integrated across the three spheres of influence. The CNS practices nursing with a consistent focus on targeting quality, cost-effective outcomes through patient/family care by influencing the practice of nurses in emergency care and by influencing the organization to support nursing evidence-based practice. This position does not directly manage other caregivers, however may be asked to review and provide feedback on the work of other caregivers


Required: Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from an accredited college or university

Preferred: Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate in Nursing Education from an accredited college or university


Required: Current Oregon RN License.

Current license to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the State of Oregon by the OR State Board of Nursing

National Specialty Certification from a professional organization in relevant field of clinical expertise

Current AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification. Current ACLS and PALS provider certification.

Valid Oregon driver's license and ability to meet St. Charles Health System driving requirements

Preferred: ANPD specialty certification upon hire or agree to obtain when eligible.

Current certification BLS/ACLS/PALS instructor within 1 year of hire



Minimum of 5 years in Emergency Department Nursing.

Evidence of CNS competency, within spheres of influence, as outlined in NACNS Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education.

Preferred: Experience as a CNS in an Emergency Department. Program management experience. Nursing Professional Development experience.

Lean Principle competency and implementation of Lean.

Experience with various teaching methodologies, accrediting bodies for nursing excellence (ANCC), shared governance, clinical professional advancement systems required
Company: Natividad - Salinas, CA
Posting Date: 03/14/2019
Specialty: Neonatal Critical Care
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At Natividad, our dedication to the people of Monterey County is at the heart of everything we do—from the health care services we provide to the specialized programs we promote. This commitment to our community spans more than 130 years and, more importantly, has touched countless lives. It has also earned us a Joint Commission ranking in the top percentile of hospitals nationwide. If you believe in inspiring healthy lives by focusing on community-based care, consider joining Natividad today.


Natividad is currently seeking Clinical Nurse Specialists to provide expert nursing care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatrics (PEDS) and the Surgical Services Division. Responsibilities include clinical practice, education, consultation, performance improvement and research. The CNS in the Surgical Services Division is assigned to work in the following units: Operating Room (OR), Out-Patient Surgical Services (OPSS), and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

Minimum qualifications include possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the BRN of the State of California (or ability to obtain a CA license prior to employment); certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist issued by the BRN of the State of California (or ability to obtain a CA certification prior to employment); a Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program in clinical specialization; demonstrated clinical competence and in-depth knowledge in a specialty area with at least the equivalent of two years of clinical experience in the area of specialization. Possession of an American Nurses' Association Specialty Certification and the equivalent of four years of clinical experience in the area of specialization preferred.

For application materials, contact Natividad, HR, 1441 Constitution Blvd, Bldg 300, Salinas, CA 93906; call us at (831) 783-2700; or apply online at Like us on Facebook: EOE/M/F/H/V
Company: Children's Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Posting Date: 02/25/2019
Specialty: Pediatric Acute Care
At Children’s Minnesota, we don’t simply care for kids. We care for the most amazing people on earth. For more than 90 years, we have proudly served our community as an independent and not-for-profit system dedicated to providing health care exclusively to children, from before birth to young adulthood. With two hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics, and six rehabilitation sites, and representing more than 60 pediatric specialties, Children’s Minnesota has the largest and broadest team of pediatric experts in the region. An award-winning health system, Children’s received Magnet® recognition from The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2018 and is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.

We’re looking for individuals who are driven to join us in our mission to champion the special health needs of children and their families. Who want to be part of something bigger. Who want to grow, innovate and improve. Who want to make Children’s Minnesota an even better place tomorrow.

Job Summary:

A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who integrates nursing practice, which focuses on assisting patients in the prevention or resolution of illness, with medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury, and disability. The CNS provides care to patients by functioning within three key spheres of influence: Patient, Nurse, Systems/Organization.

CNS Roles and Responsibilities:

Improve pt outcomes by developing, implementing, and improving standards of practice
Consult, collaborate on specific patients with complex needs across the continuum of care
Clinical Expert- create and/or improve patient treatment programs (such as ECMO, CRRT, VAD). Assist clinical RNs with understanding and implementing complex patient care strategies
Leader/mentor – improve standards of practice and raise professional awareness through relationships with individuals and groups
Educator – collaborate on design, implementation, and evaluation of staff education
Advocate- improve patient outcomes by advocating for individuals as well as populations within sphere of influence and area of expertise
Consultant - for all disciplines and departments r/t area of expertise and patient population
Researcher – support and embed evidence- based practice into nursing care. Sponsor, implement bedside nursing research. Support clinical nurses in translating research into practice
Present research and best practices at local, regional and national conferences
Publish research findings as well as successes in improving standards of practice
Attend daily rounds to support complex patient care
Present nursing rounds on complex patient situations.
Mentor clinical RNs to present at nursing rounds
Participate on relevant committees and task forces as clinical expert


· Minnesota RN/APRN licensure, Current CNS certification specific to discipline.

· Current BLS certification. May require additional certifications.


Master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing from an accredited CNS program.


· Minimum 5 years of RN experience in area of Clinical Specialty

· Preferred 1 year of CNS experience.

Core Competencies:

· Clinical practice expert

· Consultation

· Systems leadership

· Collaboration

· Expert Coaching

· Research

· Ethical decision-making

Children’s Minnesota is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities to all applicants. EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer.
Company: UCLA HEALTH - Westwood, CA
Posting Date: 01/29/2019
Specialty: Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing

Become a key contributor to a world-renowned health system. Help deliver consistently exceptional nursing care. Take your clinical career in an exciting new direction. You can do all this and more at UCLA Health.
Right now, we have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with a strong background in the five components that define this unique role - practitioner, educator, administrator/manager, consultant, and researcher. We're looking to you to deliver exceptional psychiatric care to an adult and geriatric population through your advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge and scientific approach to problem solving. You will establish standards for patient care and evaluate interventions to improve care in adult/geriatric psychiatry.

QualificationsWe're seeking a highly-skilled professional with:
Current California RN license
California CNS certificate
Master's degree in nursing
National certification in adult/geriatric psychiatry
Experience developing, monitoring and implementing complex, comprehensive care plans
Ability to oversee and conduct clinical protocols and establish standards of care
Strong supervisory skills, including staff selection, mentoring, education and evaluation
Experience conducting and utilizing research
UCLA Health is a world-renowned health system with four award-winning hospitals and dozens of primary care practices, specialty practices, urgent care centers and other ancillary locations throughout metro Los Angeles. Through the efforts of our outstanding people, we have become Los Angeles' trusted provider of exceptional, compassionate patient care. If you're looking to experience greater challenge and fulfillment in your career, you can at UCLA Health.


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Company: UCLA HEALTH - Westwood, CA
Posting Date: 02/04/2019
Specialty: Child & Adolescent Psych & Mental Health Nursing

Become a key contributor to an award-winning health system. Help deliver world-class nursing care. Take your clinical career in an exciting new direction. You can do all this and more at UCLA Health.
Right now, we have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Specialist with demonstrated expertise as a clinical practitioner, educator, administrator/manager, consultant, and researcher. You will play a vital role in the development, deliver and evaluation of outstanding psychiatric care to a diverse population of child and adolescent patients. This will challenge both your advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge as well as your scientific approach to problem solving. You will serve as an expert in establishing standards of care and evaluating interventions to improve child/adolescent psychiatric care.

Ability to develop and monitor complex and comprehensive plans of care
Ability to provide direct patient care
Ability to develop, monitor and evaluate clinical protocols, standards of care, P/P and other documents related to patient care
Ability to assess educational needs of staff, patient and family
Ability to develop and implement educational programs
Ability to interview, select and promote staff
Ability to supervise clinical performance of staff and contribute to evaluation
Ability to consult on a broad spectrum of professional nursing practice issues including but not limited to: nursing practice performance standards, program development, professional practice models, research utilization models, system change strategies and professional development
Ability to conduct and utilize research
Ability to apply principles of change theory and systems theory to implement innovative patient care practices system-wide
Ability to evaluate clinical and financial outcomes
Ability to mentor staff
California RN License
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) State certificate preferred
Master's degree in Nursing
5 years or greater experience in psychiatric Nursing with a specialty in Child/Adolescent
National certificate within area of specialty- Child/Adolescent Psychiatry


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Company: UCLA HEALTH - Westwood, CA
Posting Date: 02/04/2019
Specialty: Perioperative

Become a key contributor to an award-winning health system. Help deliver world-class nursing care. Expand your professional potential in a close-knit, collaborative setting. You can do all this and more at UCLA Health.
Right now, we have an exciting opportunity for a perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for UCLA Health. You will have the opportunity to work at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. You'll be part of an outstanding clinical team supporting a world leader in surgical excellence. In addition to being one of the nation's largest and most renowned transplant centers, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is working at the forefront of surgical advancements in neurosurgery, robotic surgery, cardiac surgery, trauma, orthopedics and more. If you truly want to work on the cutting edge, this is the place. At UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, we are continuing to grow our surgical specialties.
To take on this important role, you must have demonstrated expertise in perioperative nursing, evidence-based practice, consultation, education, mentoring, and change leadership. You will partner with the Unit/Service Line Director in leading the nursing clinical practice area as you coordinate and guide clinical activities/projects. This role involves close collaboration with members of the health care team to design, implement, and measure safe, cost-effective, evidence-based care strategies. Above all we're counting on you to maintain a high level of current professional knowledge and competency in order to advance the nursing practice at our Magnet® designated hospital.

We're seeking a highly-skilled clinical leader with current CA RN and CNS licensure and:
· Master's degree in nursing program, specializing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
· Minimum of five years RN experience, including three years in perioperative nursing.
· National CNS certification preferred.
· Exceptional organizational, analytical and presentation skills.
· Computer proficiency with MS Office.
· One year CNS experience in perioperative nursing preferred.

UCLA Health is a world-renowned health system with four award-winning hospitals and dozens of primary care practices, specialty practices, urgent care centers and other ancillary locations throughout


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