Job Description

Payroll Title:
Cancer Ctr Admin
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Moores Cancer Center
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Work Schedule:
8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

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#117031 (CNS) Clinical Nurse Specialist - Cancer Services

Initial Review Date: Tue 8/2/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/22/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/2/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


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 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse prepared at the master’s or doctorate level and is certified as a CNS by the California Board of Registered Nursing. In collaboration with leadership, this position will review and ensure that nursing practice within multiple modalities, including infusion, care coordination (clinic), and radiation therapy, is evidence-based and aligned with all national quality and regulatory guidelines. This position requires a dynamic leader with exceptional written and verbal communication skills in guiding nursing research and professional development through the career ladder and other opportunities at UCSD and nationally. This position will collaborate with the Nurse Educator to assess knowledge and competence opportunities for improvement within all modalities, coaching and encouraging continuous performance improvement and learning within teams. This position will collaborate with unit-based councils to identify, plan and implement strategies to improve patient and staff safety and experience.Clinical nurse leader for a program or area of nursing practice. Utilizes specialized knowledge and skills within major focus areas, such as patient/family, nurses and nursing practice, and the organization/system. Typically partners with the nurse manager in leading the nursing clinical practice area. This is the journey level for an advanced practice clinical nurse specialist.

This position will work at multiple locations in outpatient cancer services.


  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) or completion of the program within six (6) months of hire.

  • Registered Nurse (RN) license issued by the state of California.

  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist required or completion of the program within six (6) months of hire.

  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART w/in 6 months of hire date.

  • Five (5+) or more years of relevant Oncology or Outpatient Oncology experience in cancer services(radiation oncology, infusion, clinics, etc.).

  • Recent Oncology or specialty care experience reflective of advanced nursing clinical knowledge and skills.

  • Experience, in-depth, and proven success in one or more clinical specialty areas, including diagnoses, treatments, standards of practice, and patient / family educational consulting and resources.

  • 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 and organizational change.

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and their application.


  • Three (3+) or more years of experience in a CNS role.
  • Advanced computer knowledge, ability to research current practice, collation of statistical data, and development of appropriate presentation techniques.
  • Current ANCC CNS certification or current professional certification in another advancednurse practice discipline.
  • Experience with electronic health records.
  • Experience with learning management system.
  • Project management/Lean Six Sigma certification or experience.
  • Experience with training, onboarding, and educational programs within the oncology specialty.
  • Experience with metrics and KPIs and performance improvement initiatives.


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

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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