Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

94133, San Francisco
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Dec 15, 2023

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Perinatal Safety Nurse (PSN)
Position Type
Full Time
Work Setting
Hospital / Medical Center

Job Summary

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) / Advanced Practice Specialist (APS) is an advanced practice registered nurse who serves as a nurse expert in a specialty population or clinical condition nursing, leader, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nursing staff and teams at UCSF Medical Center. The specialized knowledge and advanced skills required for this role include clinical expertise in the management of the specialty population/clinical condition and related nursing care; design and implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP); education and mentorship; consultation; performance improvement; and team leadership. The role has three spheres of impact across the health system’s adult services that include the patient/family, nursing/inter-professional teams, and the organization/health system. This role works collaboratively with the clinical and administrative teams to support and ensure high quality standards of nursing care and professional practice to optimize patient, team, and system outcomes.

Involves specialty knowledge and advanced clinical expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention to prevent, remediate, or alleviate illness and promote health with a defined specialty patient population, such as oncology, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatric / behavioral health, adult health, acute / critical care, pain management, among others. Provides direct patient care including assessment, diagnosis, and management, leadership for systems improvements, teaching, mentoring, consulting, utilization of evidence-based practice including implementation and research appraisal skills, and team leadership and management. Impacts outcomes by providing expert consultation to patients/families, nurses and interdisciplinary team colleagues, and to the organization/health system including leading implementation of improvements in clinical care and health care delivery systems.

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Please note: The compensation ranges listed online for roles not covered by a bargaining unit agreement are very wide, however a job offer will typically fall in the range of 80% - 120% of the established mid-point. An offer will take into consideration the experience of the final candidate AND the current salary level of individuals working at UCSF in a similar role.

For roles covered by a bargaining unit agreement, there will be specific rules about where a new hire would be placed on the range.

To learn more about the benefits of working at UCSF, including total compensation, please visit:

The Birth Center is located at the UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital on the Mission Bay campus. The Birth Center is a high-risk tertiary care 45-bed unit, including 12 antepartum, 9 labor/delivery, 24 postpartum rooms. UCSF is a Baby Friendly designated hospital and provides care for women and babies throughout the continuum of pregnancy and childbirth, including fetal surgery.

The Perinatal CNS/APS will join the dynamic Clinical Practice team, who provide clinical leadership and oversee evidence-based practice standards that optimize quality and safety patient outcomes. The Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Practice Specialists are an integral part of the UCSF Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation. The mission of the Center of Nursing Excellence & Innovation is to prepare and support UCSF nurses to be expert clinicians and authentic leaders who provide high quality compassionate care, foster the spirit of clinical inquiry, promote professional development, and enhance a culture of diversity and inclusivity.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited Nursing program
  • Minimum of three (3) years of recent clinical RN experience in the specialty area
  • 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 skill for conducting evidence-based practice, 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, providers, employees, and outside agencies as required
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex and / or sensitive information in a clear and concise manner

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree (PhD or DNP) from an accredited Nursing program


  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) license in the State of California
  • Current advanced practice nursing license (CNS, NP, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife) in the State of California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Current American Heart Association CPR certification
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist or APRN specialty certification (e.g. AGCNS-BC, CNM) or obtained within one year of hire

About UCSF
At UCSF Health, our mission of innovative patient care, advanced technology and pioneering research is redefining what’s possible for the patients we serve – a promise we share with the professionals who make up our team.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report – UCSF Health is committed to providing the most rewarding work experience while delivering the best care available anywhere. In an environment that allows for continuous learning and opportunities for professional growth, UCSF Health offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.

Pride Values
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

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