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: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Boston, MA
Posting Date: 03/29/2019
Clinical Specialist, Network (40 hrs/week)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

• Member of the nursing leadership team.
• Influence nurses, nursing support personnel and the organization to support evidence-based practice (EBP) and in collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) nursing leadership, assures the achievement of quality and cost effective patient and family outcomes.
• Works collaboratively and possesses expertise as a(n) clinician, educator, consultant, and leader.
• CS practice is based on competencies described by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2010 and Oncology Nursing Society, 2013.


Clinical Nursing Practice
• Models excellence in nursing practice using scientific knowledge and advanced concepts in the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of actual or potential problems in the oncology patient population.
• Proactively identifies opportunities and investigates solutions to assure the provision of state-of-the-art nursing care and associated outcomes.
• Influences patient outcomes through the translation, implementation and integration of EBP into daily operational activities.
• Collaborates and consults with nurses and other to influence nursing practices and improve care outcomes within a specific unit or service and/or across Nursing and Patient Care Services (NPCS).
• A key stake holder and decision maker for the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care, policies, guidelines and the introduction of new equipment and technology at the point of care.
• Supports nurses in the management of symptom distress related to cancer and/or its treatment.
• Provides expertise in the assessment of patient and family learning needs, provision of educational strategies and evaluation of the effects of teaching strategies for general and specified oncology patient populations.
• May provide direct patient care, consult with other nurses or clinical staff about specific patients, and make recommendations for interventions and plan of care.
• Assumes accountability for unit based, department wide or Institutional clinical practice roles including but not limited to the Ethics Consultation Service, Adult Medical Response Call coverage, and others.

• Provides education to NPCS staff and patients, and families.
• Proactively assesses learning needs and develops, evaluates, and modifies NPCS orientation and educational programs and initiatives that ensure ongoing competence of all levels of nursing staff.
• Designs and evaluates educational programs.
• Designs and implements clinical and professional competency programs.
• Participates in local and national professional activities and organizations to promote the educational and professional growth of self and others within DFCI and the community.
• Coordinates the clinical learning experiences of students and visitors; acts as a liaison to faculty, affiliating institutions and visitors.

Consultation, Mentorship, and Coaching
• Works collaboratively with other departments and disciplines on projects, initiatives and programs to meet the goals of DFCI and promotes excellence in care delivery and outcomes.
• Is a clinical resource and consultant to all of DFCI nursing community regarding clinical policies, standards and guidelines of care.
• Provides clinical expertise in the development and implementation of nursing clinical policy, procedure and standards processes and is a key member of DFCI NPCS and other policy committees.
• Mentors and supports the professional growth and development of nurses, other NPCS staff and students.

Research and Quality
• Facilitates programs.
• Implements evidence based practices at the unit level with NPCS staff.
• Identifies clinical practice problems, reviews literature and provides clinical support to staff and leaders to implement EBP solutions.
• Participates in research activities that expand the scientific base of nursing practice knowledge.
• Disseminates work related to research, EBP and quality improvement initiatives.

• Contributes to the creation of an environment that stimulates continuous self learning, positive group processes, reflective practice, and the empowerment of others.
• Models constructive and mutually respectful relationships with colleagues.
• Fosters an environment that is sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, and age.
• Participates in goal-defining processes and systems changes to promote best practices
• Functions as a change agent, to implement, evaluate and promote nursing care and systems that are safe, cost effective and evidence based.
• Partners with leaders in clinical areas to establish goals and then develop, implement and evaluate strategies consistent with institutional and departmental goals.

• Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
• Master's degree in nursing.
• Minimum of 3-5 years recent experience as a nurse in oncology.
• Leadership and education experience required.
• Appropriate advanced practice nursing certification.
• Clinical expertise in oncology nursing.
• Ability to work in a team.
• Program or project development experience.
• Ability to make independent decisions.
• Compliance with accepted standards of professional nursing practice and all licensure and registration requirements applicable to the nursing role.


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.
Company: Natividad - California
Posting Date: 05/21/2019
Specialty: Neonatal Critical Care
Email: Apply at
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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: AdventHealth Orlando - Florida
Posting Date: 03/22/2019
Specialty: Nephrology/Renal
Dialysis Clinical Nurse Specialist
AdventHealth Orlando
Orlando, Florida

AdventHealth Orlando (formerly Florida Hospital Orlando) seeks to hire a Dialysis Clinical Nurse Specialist who will embrace our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Located on a lush tropical campus, our flagship hospital, 1,107-bed AdventHealth Orlando, serves as the major tertiary facility for much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and South America. AdventHealth Orlando houses one of the largest Emergency Departments and largest cardiac catheterization labs in the country. We are already one of the busiest hospitals in the nation, providing service excellence to more than 32,000 inpatients and 125,000 outpatients each year.

Full-time, 8a-5p; M-F

The Dialysis Clinical Nurse Specialist is responsible for providing clinical expertise in his/her specialty area to optimize patient/family, nurse, and systems outcomes.

• Current, valid State of Florida or multi state license as a registered professional nurse
• Current registration with Florida State Board of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist
• Certification (preferred)
• BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP certification (preferred)
• Master’s degree in clinical nursing specialty
• Three to five years’ experience in specialty
• Past teaching experience in formal/informal settings (preferred)

If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the Dialysis Clinical Nurse Specialist opportunity with AdventHealth Orlando and apply online today at:
Company: Nemours Children's Health System - Orlando, FL
Posting Date: 05/14/2019
Specialty: Pediatric
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


-Investigation and indentification of harmful and near miss events affecting patients in collaboration with Risk Mangement 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.
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