Clinical Nurse Specialist- Quality and Safety
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics - Wisconsin

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Posting Summary

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Quality and Safety is a Master's prepared registered nurse who is responsible for the planning, training, implementation and evaluation of various quality and safety programs and initiatives, such as restraint use, regulatory requirements, and product evaluation and standardization. He/she participates in communications and project planning within UWHC. The incumbent is responsible for the evaluation of patient outcomes and makes recommendations for performance improvement. This position is responsible to the Director of Nursing Quality and Safety for overall program direction and evaluation.

The incumbent needs to be knowledgeable of the nursing process and nursing practice, as well as mandates of accrediting bodies. Knowledge is required in the current literature that impacts quality/safety, process improvement, as well as financial issues and changes in practice that are produced or occur as a result of program development.


1. Bachelor's degree in Nursing required.
2. Master's degree in Nursing required.

Work Experience:
1. Five (5) years progressive clinical experience required.
2. Demonstrated leadership experience as Care Team Leader, preceptor, Council Chair, etc. required.
3. Demonstrated experience as an expert generalist preferred.

Licenses & Certifications:
1. RN Licensure in the State of Wisconsin required.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
2. Knowledge and skills in quality improvement methodologies.

Physical Requirements: Light- Ability to lift up to 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Even though the weight lifted may be only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree.


This is a Non-Represented position and falls into Pay Grade 9N. The salary range begins at $67,201 per year. Education, experience, tenure and internal equity may be taken into consideration when job offers are extended.

Work Schedule

80%, Day, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Hours may vary based on departmental needs.


This position is in the "Authority Non-Rep" Benefits package. UWHC employees enjoy competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefit package.

- Vacation (15 days) // (Pro-rated for part-time employees)
- Legal Holidays (9 days) // (pro-rated for part-time employees)
- Sick Leave (12 days/year) // (pro-rated for part-time employees)
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Retirement (covered in the Wisconsin Retirement system on day 1)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Worker's Compensation
- Tax-Sheltered Annuities (TSA)
- Employee Reimbursement Accounts (ERA)

While every attempt has been made to provide up-to-date, accurate information, the legal documents, policies, and contracts will prevail in the event of any discrepancy. The above information applies to regular (Permanent) employees.

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Staffing Team

Contact Katina Kaufman for more information at or at 608-263-0944.

Who We Are...

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is a 566 bed facility that ranks among the finest academic medical centers in the United States. Frequently cited in publications listing the nation's best health care providers, UW Hospital and Clinics is recognized as a national leader in fields such as cancer treatment, pediatrics, ophthalmology, surgical specialties and organ transplantation.

UW Hospital and Clinics offers:
-More than 900 active medical staff and more than 80 outpatient clinics.
-Six intensive care units (trauma and life support, pediatric, cardiac, cardiothoracic, burn, neurosurgery) with 83 total beds .
-Nine satellite locations .
-One of only two organizations in Wisconsin with designated level One Adult and Pediatric trauma centers.

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