• Registered nurse license in state(s) with jurisdiction over practice location.
• Master’s degree from an NLNAC and/or CCNE accredited graduate school of nursing.
• Currently nationally certified as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist.
• Ability to work in a team setting with multiple responsibilities.
• Ability to use Microsoft Office, including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, and Microsoft Outlook.
All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.
In collaboration with the health care team, the Clinical Nurse Specialist provides expert family-centered clinical care and clinical consultation within her/his area of expertise to improve outcomes and to promote integrated health care that is safe, equitable, timely, effective, and efficient.
The Progressive Care Unit (PCU) is a 16 bed unit under the umbrella of Critical Care. It is designed to meet the acute and chronic needs of medically fragile children who may require technology as they transition along the continuum of care. The patients come to the unit as they “graduate” from CHOP's NICU, PICU, and CICU. The unit also cares for children who are referrals from other facilities, and when patients that have already sent home become acutely ill, they can be placed in the PCU.
The care focuses on children dependent on respiratory and other technologies. For families who are able, the team educate and empower families to independently care for their child at home. The team also works with them by providing emotional and social support to allow them to leave the PCU confident in their ability to function in the community under the most challenging of circumstances.
Not all families have the ability or resources to care for their children at home. For those patients, the teams assists the family as we transition their child to a less acute care facility. Whether the child goes home or to a another facility, it is the goal to see that they “progress” as far as their potential will take them.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start...