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Job Opening ID
Working Title
CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (University Hospital-7B, Acute Medical/Telemetry)
Job Title
Work Location
UM Health System
Ann Arbor, MI
Full/Part Time
FLSA Status
Organizational Group
Um Hospital
UMH Nursing - Cardiology/Med
Posting Begin/End Date
11/07/2014 – 12/26/2014
Paid Time Off
Pay Grade
Nurses Pay Grade N4
Career Interests
Nursing- Advanced Practice Nursing
Nursing- Intermediate Care / Telemetry

CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (University Hospital-7B, Acute Medical/Telemetry)

Job Summary

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will be responsible for providing expert clinical leadership to the nursing staff on 7B, a 32 bed Acute Medical/Telemetry Unit.

Position Summary/ Essential Characteristics:

The Clinical Nurse Specialist is the clinical leader for a program or area within UMHS.
The advanced knowledge and skills required for this role include clinical expertise in a focus area, evidence-based practice, collaboration, consultation, education, mentoring, and change leadership. These are essential to advance the practice of nursing and the professional development of nurses.
The specialized knowledge and skills are used within three major areas of focus: patient/family, nurses and nursing practice, and the organization/system.
The CNS and Manager are partners in leading the nursing clinical practice area.
The CNS coordinates and guides clinical activities/projects of nurses within a practice area.
The CNS is accountable for collaborating with members of the 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.


Direct Patient Care:
Serves as a reliable source of information on the latest evidence supporting cost-effective, safe nursing practices.
Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team using the nursing process to integrate the nursing perspective into a comprehensive plan of care for the patient/family.
Identifies and prioritizes nursing care needs for a select population of patients/families.
Conducts comprehensive, holistic wellness and illness assessments using established or innovative evidence-based techniques, tools, and methods.
Initiates and plans care conferences or programs for individual patients or populations of patients.
Designs and evaluates innovative educational programs for patients, families, and groups. Identifies, collects, and analyzes data that serve as a basis for program design and outcome measurement. Establishes methods to evaluate and document nursing interventions.
Evaluates the impact of nursing interventions on fiscal and human resources.

Nursing/Nursing Practice:
Collaborates with others to resolve issues related to patient care, communication, policies, and resources.
Creates and revises nursing policies, protocols and procedures using evidence-based information to achieve outcomes for indicators that are nurse-sensitive.
Identifies facilitators and addresses barriers that affect patient outcomes.
Leads clinical practice and quality improvement initiatives for the adult cardiac, vascular and internal medicine inpatient programs.
Collaborates with nurses to develop 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.
Collaborate with Educational Nurse Specialists, Educational Nurse Coordinators and other on content and operational design of orientation, clinical competency, and other clinical educational program development.
Mentors nurses to acquire new skills, develop their careers and effectively incorporate evidence into practice.
Provides input for staff evaluation.
Provides formal and informal education for nurses and other health professionals and health professional students.
Leads in the conduct and utilization of nursing research.

Organization/System Leadership:
Develops and maintains a collaborative relationship with the Clinical Nurse Manager.
Consults with other units and health care professional to improve care.
Leads/assists institutional groups to enhance the clinical practice of nurses and improve patient outcomes.
Develops, pilots, evaluations, and incorporates innovative models of practice across the continuum of care.
Designs and evaluates programs and initiatives that are congruent with the organizations strategic plans, regulator agency requirements, and nursing standards.
Participates in need identification, selection and evaluation of products and equipment.
Advances nursing practice through participation in professional organizations publications, and presentations.

Nursing Specific Info

Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position. Posting may be filled after the initial 5-day posting period. Applicants who have left the UMPNC bargaining unit must include on their resume dates of past employment including months and years of service along with effort. Positions less than 20 hours/week may be combined.

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

Current licensure to practice nursing in the State of Michigan.
Masters degree in nursing with a clinical focus.
Graduate preparation must have included clinical application of the CNS role component*.
Recent experience in assessing, treating and evaluating patients typically cared for in adult medicine units in a tertiary healthcare environment, including the use of devices and pharmaceutical treatment modalities.
Demonstrated ability to apply evidence- based clinical knowledge into the patient care setting via protocols, standards, and outcomes measurement.
Excellent written and verbal skills as evidenced by positive feedback through references and/or evaluations. Ability to function independently and as a team member.
High level of self-motivation to stay current in a rapid changing environment.
Demonstrated ability to innovatively lead complex change projects, particularly those focused on raising patient care to the highest standards, in an academic, tertiary care environment.
Competence with basic computer functions.
Demonstrated ability to consistently, positively contribute to a group/unit work setting.
Demonstrated ability to consistently work collaboratively with manager and leadership team.

*As defined by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (2004) NACNS Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education, 2nd ed. Author: Harrisburg, PA. Curriculum recommendations on page 42-43

NOTE: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants):
You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous experience with and demonstrated ability to interact with internal and external personnel at all levels of an academic, tertiary care healthcare environment.
Three or more years designing and collaborating with the implementation of competency and education activities for nursing staff including competency programs, orientation, staff and professional development.
Strong teaching skills as evidenced by the ability to demonstrate a teachable moment, development of class content, staff education materials and patient education materials.
Demonstrated analytical skills necessary to gather data, collate to present recommendations for solutions to identified problems.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the Continuous Quality Improvement process, including recent experience implementing keystone quality improvement initiatives.
Previous experience as principle or co-investigator on a research project(s).
Experience in implementation of service initiatives at the unit level.
Demonstrated experience of professional writing and being published in professional periodicals.
Eligibility for appointment in the School of Nursing.

Work Schedule

Hours per week: 20
Shift: Day shift with the ability to flex to the needs of the units
Location: University Hospital- Unit 7B Acute Medical Telemetry

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U-M Professional Nurse Council union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.