SUMMARY: The Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced practice nurse who functions in the role of expert clinician, educator, leader, consultant and researcher. In collaboration with the healthcare team, the CNS monitors the clinical care of patients and provides clinical support to improve patient care and outcomes. With in-depth knowledge and skills, advanced judgment and clinical experience in a nursing specialty, the CNS sphere of influence includes the care of the patient/family, practice of nursing and providing solutions for complex systems and processes. The CNS serves as a role model, patient advocate, charge agent, and leader to enhance patient care. This position practices within the scope of the California Nursing Practices Act and in accordance with Valley Children's policies.
Valley Children's Explorer Unit is a 36-bed, acute care unit with a patient population comprised primarily of surgical patients. The unit additionally has the ability to take 16 monitored beds for more critical patients. The unit received transfers from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and/or Post Anesthesia Care Unit when a patient's condition is a surgical one. This includes cardiac surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, and orthopedic patients. The premature infant whose condition is stable enough to leave the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may also be a patient on Explorer. Explorer is also occasionally an overflow area for the acute medical unit. The age range on Explorer is newborn to eighteen years with an average length of stay of four days.
REQUIREMENTS: A) Master's Degree in Nursing with expertise in clinical nursing specialty; B) an active California Registered Nurse licensure (RN); C) certification by the California Board of Registered Nurses as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS); D) Active BLS Certificate. Minimum of three years experience in a related clinical area. Prefer experience in an Inpatient Pediatric patient setting; and E) extensive advanced knowledge of nursing principles, practices and systems.
POSITION DETAILS: Full Time, 80 hours per pay period, M-F 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Valley Children’s Healthcare – one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the nation – provides Central California’s only high-quality, comprehensive care exclusively for children, from before birth to young adulthood. Our independent, nonprofit network offers highly specialized medical and surgical services to treat conditions ranging from common to the most unusual and complex at our 356-bed children’s hospital as well as through partner hospitals, specialty care centers, satellite practices and primary care services. Our family-centered, pediatric services extend from a leading pediatric cancer and blood diseases center on the West Coast, and our pediatric heart center known for its expertise and pioneering treatments, to our Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the highest level referral center between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Valley Children’s consistently ranks at the top of our peer group for quality patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. Recognized as a Magnet® designated facility since 2004 and granted the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence™ in critical care, Valley Chil...dren’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units achieve some of the lowest mortality rates in the country while treating some of the sickest kids.
In affiliation with Stanford University School of Medicine, Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency and fellowship programs provide first-class training for the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric surgical and medical specialists. With more than 550 physicians and 3,400 staff, Valley Children’s partners with other providers and organizations throughout our 12-county service area to support delivering the best care to kids closer to home.