Massachusetts General Hospital (GHC) - Boston, MA

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Job Description

The Clinical Nurse Specialist is a master’s prepared nurse with an area of specialization who promotes competent, compassionate and professional nursing care for patients/families across the continuum. The role includes patient care, teaching, consultation and research. This position will be based on the Cancer Care unit that cares for patients and families with leukemia and undergoing hematopoetic stem cell transplant.


1.0 Demonstrates excellence in professional nursing practice.

1.1 Supports independent nursing practice of professional nurses through collaborative, consultative, and role modeling activities.

1.2 Analyzes clinical and non-clinical variables to anticipate patient care needs and predict responses.

1.3 Identifies current trends in health care and their implication for nursing practice.

1.4 Promotes the progression of patients along the clinical pathway continuum.

1.5 Applies new technology, nursing theories, research findings and experiential knowledge to improve nursing practice.

1.6 Responds to change in clinical practice by planning, designing, implementing and evaluating guidelines, protocols and standards in collaboration with the Nursing Director and others.

1.7 Identifies ethical issues in nursing practice and guides staff and other providers in application of ethical concepts to patient care issues.

1.8 Applies innovative approaches to solving complex problems.

2.0 Develops, implements, and evaluates educational programs based upon assessed learning needs of patients, families, and staff.

2.1 Identifies learning needs and develops and implements programs for patient education within the area of specialization.

2.2 Supports, participates, and contributes to educational programs for staff at the unit/service/interdepartmental.

2.3 Facilitates the acquisition of advanced clinical skills in staff nurses, and graduate students through role modeling, practice, and consultation in the clinical setting.

3.0 Provides expert consultation to patients, families, nurses, and other health care providers to promote positive patient care outcomes.

3.1 Initiates, facilitates and develops interdisciplinary collaboration.

3.2 Provides consultation at the unit, program, service, administrative, and community level(s).

3.3 Acts as a resource to colleagues and consumers.

3.4 Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of the consultative process.

4.0 Participates in research activities that will positively affect patient care and patient care outcomes.

4.1 Uses nursing theories and research findings to plan, design, evaluate nursing practice and to generate researchable clinical problems.

4.2 Initiates, or participates in quality assurance and performance improvement activities for evaluation of structure, process and outcome criteria as it relates to clinical practice.

4.3 Promotes staff and student utilization of the research process.

4.4 Participates in and supports research.

4.5 Utilizes scientific method in collecting data on clinical practice issues.

5.0 Demonstrates accountability for ongoing personal/professional development.

5.1 Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current nursing and health care practices

5.2 Identifies own learning needs and goals, and designs a plan to meet them.

5.3 Takes responsibilities for leadership and participation on committees and task forces of the DON, hospital, and Partner’s.

5.4 Participates in activities that foster peer support and networking.

5.5 Fulfills professional role through involvement in professional organization activities, presentations, and publications.

5.6 Continually evaluates quality and safety performance, identifies improvement opportunities and plans and implements programs for improvement.


Master’s degree in Nursing.

Current licensure as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Oncology experience required. Hematologic malignancy and hematopoetic stem cell transplant experience strongly preferred.

Certification in specialty area is desired.


Fluent in verbal and written language skills.

Cultural competence and language skills for patient population is desired.