Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Neonatal Regional: LPCH - Nursing Quality and Practice Department (1.0FTE, Days)

Category: Nursing Staff
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 16271

Nursing Staff

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Neonatal Regional
Nursing Quality and Practice Department 
1.0 FTE, 10 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Department Descriptions

The Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services’ interdisciplinary teams provide the innovative and comprehensive care needed to meet the complex needs of the most critically ill newborns. Our 40-bed level IV neonatal intensive care unit, 34-bed level II intermediate care nursery and 6-bed level II special care nursery at Dignity Health Sequoia work in partnership to support our infants and their families at every step of their health care journey.

Sequoia Special Care Nursery
The Lucile Packard Special Care Nursery is a six-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) located within the Sequoia Hospital Birth Center and staffed by doctors and nurses from Packard Children’s neonatology team, which is ranked #5 in the nation by U.S.News. This Level II designation means Sequoia has the expertise and equipment to care for and stabilize high-risk newborns.

Intermediate Care Nursery
The Intermediate Care Nursery (ICN) is a 34-bed level II Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery designed to provide care to recovering newborns and those infants requiring level II care. We care for infants requiring direct admission from the Delivery Room, the Emergency Department, other hospitals, re-admissions from home, post-surgery cases, as well as more chronic conditions or premature infants from our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The care in the ICN is family centered and focusses on parent and family education.  This education prepares families to easily care for their infant once discharged. 

Job Summary

Clinical Nurse Specialists are Master's Degree prepared advanced practice Registered Nurses in roles characterized by the following responsibilities:

  •  Provide care for patients with multiple or complex health needs within a specific clinical area

  •  Use advanced clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of patients

  •  Use theoretical and clinical expertise to assist health care providers and patients in promoting or achieving optimal health

  •  Develop and implement standards of nursing practice

  •  Serve as a consultant or expert resource person for other health providers

  •  Facilitate an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to meeting the needs of patients

  •  Seek consultations and make referrals as needed

  •  Promote research to improve clinical nursing practice. Clinical Nurse Specialists assess, plan, provide and evaluate specialized nursing care of patients by advancing the quality and scope of nursing practice through clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and administrative roles in the area of clinical expertise (e.g., diabetes, cardiology, respiratory, pediatrics, etc.) for a specified patient population.

Essential Functions

  • Analyzes unit patient care plans currently for evidence of documentation of standards of practice, shares findings with staff, and collaborates in developing a variety of valid and reliable assessment tools to assist staff with documentation records.

  • Demonstrates expertise in the execution of daily patient care, providing collaboration, direction, and instruction to the staff in the application and utilization of the nursing process.

  • Elects, implements, and evaluates comforting, therapeutic, restorative, and preventative nursing measures for selected patients.

  • Expertise in the planning and delivery of special patient care problems.

  • In collaboration with nursing managers and other researchers, performs, assists with.

  • Initiates, evaluates and revises nursing plans of care that reflect a multidisciplinary approach to patient care; coordinates the nursing plan of care with the medical plan of care.

  • Maintains and teaches others the specialized knowledge and skill necessary to perform techniques and routines in the specialty service area.

  • Offers consultative services within nursing services and to other disciplines to provide or participates in planning, development, execution and evaluation of clinical research.

  • Participates in the hospital's quality improvement program; collaborates in setting unit standards of care and monitors indicators of quality.

  • Provides direct patient care using consistency in assessing current patient care situations, priorities, and needs.

  • Provides safety, comfort care, and treatment of patients according to established legal, ethical, and institutional standards.

  • Serves as a consultant to patients, families, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications

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), CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 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.

  • Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English effectively at a level appropriate for the safe and effective performance of the job.

  • 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.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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