Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$170,000 - $190,000 / Year
Hillcrest Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

#130181 (RN/CNS/CNE) Clinical Nurse Specialist / Educator

Extended Deadline: Fri 8/2/2024

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 6/20/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected candidate, this position will be hired as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or as a Clinical Nurse Educator 4.


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.

In collaboration with education and nursing leadership team members, this position will provide department and organization education, consultation, and leadership to advance evidence-based practice and quality outcomes. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assess, implement, and evaluate department/unit-based and organizational learning activities, work in collaboration with managers, staff, nursing leadership, and inter-professional teams to ensure innovative, evidence-based and cost-effective solutions while achieving high quality outcomes.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator will be a leader in planned change while working within the spheres of patient, nurse, and organization. Will be a leader for a program or area of nursing practice. Utilizes specialized knowledge and skills within major areas of focus, such as patient / family, nurses and nursing practice, and the organization / system. Typically, it partners with the nurse manager in leading the nursing clinical practice area.   


  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is required for the Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) role.

  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) is required for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role.

  • 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. Required as a CNS, preferred as a CNE.

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

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, including three (3) years of relevant inpatient acute care RN experience.

  • In-depth knowledge of one or more clinical specialty areas, to include diagnoses, treatments, standards of practice and patient / family educational consulting and resources.

  • Advanced knowledge of methodology for conducting evidence-based research, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

  • Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills to assess highly-complex issues and develop multiple options for resolution.

  • Advanced interpersonal skills, with the ability to provide education, training, and direction to nursing staff, and to develop positive working relationships with patients, families, employees, and outside agencies as required.

  • Ability to develop learning to a wide range of audiences and cultures using adult learning strategies and a variety of instructional methodologies.

  • Advanced skills in written and verbal communications, with the ability to convey complex and / or sensitive information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Proficient with information systems and computer programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  


  • Five (5) years of recent and relevant educator experience.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader certificate.

  • ART or ACLS certification at time of hire with commitment to get ART within six months of hire date.

  • Quality Improvement Methodology (Lean, Six Sigma, etc.) and previous experience in quality/performance improvement.

  • Regulatory affairs experience.

  • Staff education and experience with Just-in-Time teaching and learning strategies.

  • Experience in a teaching hospital.

  • Experience working in a Magnet Hospital.



  • 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.
  • Variable work hours (requiring AM and PM shift coverage and not a strict 8-5 schedule) on the needs and activities of the unit.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $116,000 - $252,200 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $55.56 - $120.79

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!

Applications/Resumes are accepted for current job openings only. For full consideration on any job, applications must be received prior to the initial closing date. If a job has an extended deadline, applications/resumes will be considered during the extension period; however, a job may be filled before the extended date is reached.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy please visit:
For the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free environment. Employees may be subject to drug screening.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online