The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) collaborates with members of the health care team to enhance patient care by developing and supporting nursing staff and intervening with patients, within an identified specialty.
The Stanford Hospital and Clinic (SHC) Clinical Nurse Specialist job description was developed using the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists NACNS conceptual model for CNS practice.
From: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. (2004).
Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education
, p 13.
This model describes the CNS’s practice competencies within three spheres of influence: the patient/client, nursing and nursing practice, and the organization/system sphere with the patient being the most important sphere. The CNS’s clinical expertise spawns from competencies inherent within a specialty of nursing practice and are used to address nursing issues within the patient/client, nursing and nursing practice, and the organization/system spheres. The essential roles of the CNS: expert clinician, interdisciplinary consultant, educator, researcher, and leader help to 1) direct specialty knowledge and skill acquisition, 2) shape core competencies of clinical practice, 3) promote evidence-based outcome-guided nursing care, 4) integrate quality patient care across SHC practice sites, 5) promote promoting an environment of mentoring and system change that empower the nurse to experience professional growth and development.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Education: Master's degree in a work-related discipline/field from an accredited college or university
Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience License/Certification: CA Registered Nurse (RN)
License/Certification: CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Oncology experience required.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to conduct research, document results, draw conclusions and make recommendations
Ability to develop and perform patient assessment and plan of care
Ability to identify competency-based education needs of and implement educational programs for staff
Ability to perform patient assessment and triage
Ability to provide consultation to physicians, nurses and other health care providers in meeting care needs of patients
Ability to provide direct evaluation and consultation to patients
Knowledge of advanced clinical practice education, consultation, research, and administration
Knowledge of clinical operations, workflow and procedures
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction
Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives as well as issues and developments in the field of nursing, especially as applied to the area of nursing specialty
Skill: Advanced nursing skills in area of specialty