Job Description

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$150,000-197,400 / Year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#128413 (CNS) Clinical Nurse Specialist-Pediatrics

Extended Deadline: Wed 6/5/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/12/2024. 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.

This role will serve as a general expert Pediatric clinician, educator, researcher, consultant and leader for nursing staff, patients, families and members of inter-professional health care teams. Collaborates with the nursing leadership team and inter-professional team to ensure cost-effective professional practice standards within the patient population based on best practices and evidence as well as impacts system wide efforts through CNS role.

This position will be responsible for: Directing the clinical nursing practice in a large, academic medical center, coordination and assessment of educational development and clinical competency of the nursing staff, and for ensuring continued Pediatric nursing competency through education programs for both the newly-hired and experience nursing staff. Consultations with staff on complex Pediatric nursing issues. Oversight of comprehensive parent and/or primary caretaker education activities. Ensuring the implementation of a coordinated and effective discharge planning program. Collaborate with UC San Diego Pediatric Stakeholders on practice, policy and education. Assuring all UC San Diego Health nurses deliver excellent care for the Pediatric patient and family. Facilitate compliance with extensive Pediatric regulations from Children's Medical Services (CMS), CDPH, TJC and other agencies as required.

Accountable for: Education/competency standardization, Pediatric equipment, Pediatric quality reviews, updates of MCPs and Pediatric guidelines, coordination of pediatric consults, EPIC integration with UC Irvine and implementation at UC San Diego Health, preparation/orientation/training and other Pediatric-related clinical opportunities, mentor staff in project development and implementation, monitor quality metrics, collaborate with Leadership, facilitate mock code simulation.

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.

Depending on licensure and experience level, may be hired as a level 4 or level 5 CNS.


  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN).

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

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) license issued by the state of California or licensure / certification in another advanced nurse practice discipline.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Five (5+) or more years of relevant experience, including at least three years of clinical experience in Pediatric nursing care.

  • 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 organization change.

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and their application.


  • Three (3+) or more years’ experience in the CNS role.
  • Advanced computer knowledge, ability to research current practice, collation of statistical data, and development of appropriate presentation techniques.
  • Current completion of Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) of the AHA or AAP within six (6) months of hire date.
  • Current completion of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) of the AHA or AAP.
  • Current ANCC CNS certification and current professional certification (CCRN, PCCN, ONCC).
  • Experience with electronic health record.
  • Experience with learning management system.
  • Project management experience.
  • PALS Instructor


  • 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.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $112,100 - $216,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $53.69 - $103.69

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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