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#110559 (CNS) Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Filing Deadline: Tue 10/26/2021

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This position will remain open until filled.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an Advance Practice Registered Nurse prepared at the master’s or doctorate level and is certified as a CNS with the California Board of Registered Nursing. The perinatal CNS is part of the leadership team and collaborates with members of their team to provide and influence optimal patient care and service in their patient population. The CNS demonstrates the competencies within the three spheres of influence of their practice model which are (1) the patient/family, (2) nursing practice, and (3) the organization, with the patient being integral to their purpose and practice. The CNS encompasses the following roles: clinical expert, consultant, leader, educator, evidence-based practice advocate, inter and intradepartmental liaison, and resource professional. The CNS educates, guides, and mentors the nursing staff and health care team members in the provision of patient care at a local and system level. The CNS works in collaboration with leaders, physicians, and staff to further the mission, vision and values of UCSDH.

Will work collaboratively with Nursing Education team members within Women and Infant Services at both La Jolla and Hillcrest campus, as well as other supporting units throughout UC San Diego Health.

Job functions include, but are not limited to:

Support nursing orientation and coordinate competency, and curriculum development efforts for perinatal and Women and Infant Services staff, as well as is indicated house-wide. Assume leadership role in developing evidence-based perinatal clinical nursing practice by developing and updating policies and guidelines. Coordinate and standardize education and competency development of perinatal nursing staff based on needs assessment and practice changes. Promote perinatal nursing competency through education programs for both the newly-hired and experienced nursing staff. Provide just in time training and consultation with perinatal staff related to complex diagnoses and procedures. Participate in multi-disciplinary consultations on complex perinatal nursing issues. Supports mock code simulation exercises.Coordinate and ensure the implementation of an organized approach to management of high-risk perinatal patients. Collaborate with perinatal nursing and OB physician leadership to provide high quality patient care and ensure optimal patient outcomes. Collaborate with Nursing Education team members to ensure consistent practice across Women and Infant services as well as alignment with nursing across UC San Diego Health. Actively participate in efforts to monitor metrics and achieve quality outcomes for perinatal patients, Women and Infant Services, and UC San Diego Health. Support Women and Infant Services in adhering to state and national regulatory requirements. Mentor and coach clinical staff completing clinical advancement performance improvement or evidence-based practice change projects.Under the direction of the department director or designee, the CNS prioritizes and manages multiple demands in an ever changing healthcare environment. Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills are required. Must be able to use word processing and presentation software. Ability to effectively coordinate efforts with others, including interdisciplinary groups. Self-motivated and proven ability to work both independently or effectively as a team member with a variety of healthcare specialists.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • A Master’s degree in nursing with a Clinical Nurse Specialist focus, from an accredited school of nursing.

  • Registered Nurse (RN) license and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certificate issued by the state of California.

  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of clinical experience in their specialty care area reflective of advanced nursing clinical knowledge and skills.

  • Advanced fetal monitoring instructor experience.

  • Knowledge and utilization of advanced continuous quality improvement (CQI) techniques and evidence-based practice to improve clinical outcomes; ability to identify areas for improvement, and effectively applies the concepts of change theory to promote departmental change.

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and their application.


  • Three (3) or more years experience in the CNS role .

  • Three (3) or more years perinatal nursing experience.

  • ART or ACLS with commitment to get ART within six (6) months of hire.

  • Advanced computer knowledge, ability to research current practice, collation of statistical data.

  • Current ANCC CNS certification and current professional certification (CCRN, ONCC).

  • Experience with electronic health records.

  • Experience with learning management systems.

*Project management experience.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Some travel is required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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