The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) works collaboratively with Nursing Leadership and the Nursing Education Department to elevate the practice of nursing within the service line of care. This includes incorporating evidence based practice, quality and process improvements, education, competency and in servicing, facilitating orientation and onboarding of new employees and other activities designed to support both nursing and clinical practice across University of Louisville (UofL) Hospital. The goal of the CNS is to improve the quality of patient care and nursing practice with resultant improved patient outcomes. The CNS is responsive to evolving needs across the system, and serves as a clinical expert, proficient educator, consultant, researcher, change agent, leader and interdisciplinary collaborator in a specific area of responsibility. The CNS fosters empowerment of clinical staff by providing clinical instruction and support to assure clinical competency of staff and safe, effective delivery of patient care, incorporating evidence based practice (EBP), nursing research, and appropriate skill set standards and recommended practices. The CNS actively participates in quality improvement (QI), EBP, and nursing research processes across the system. The position supports core behaviors, standards, values, and missions of the UofL Hospital, accrediting bodies, and the profession of Nursing as a professional role model.
Works under the direction of the Nursing service line leader. Works collaboratively with Education, utilizing established structures and processes, supporting the goals and initiatives of the service line, education and the organization.
Facilitates the ongoing education and professional development of the nursing staff and students.
Coordinates orientation of newly hired nursing department employees to the nursing service line.
Education / Accreditation / Licensure (required & preferred):
National Clinical Nurse Specialty Certification (e.g. CCNS, ACCNS-AG, ACNS-BC, AGCNS-BC)
Experience (required and preferred):