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Clinical Nurse Specialist- Neonatal

The University of Chicago Medicine
Schiller Park, Illinois
Closing date
Dec 20, 2023

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Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Neonatal ICU (NICU)
Position Type
Full Time
Work Setting
Job Description
Join a world-class academic healthcare system, UChicago Medicine, as a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist where you will lead and support evidence-based practices within our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a Master's or Doctorate prepared Advanced Practice Nurse with APRN licensure. In collaboration with the medical staff and nursing staff within UChicago's NICU, the Clinical Nurse Specialist provides clinical support to develop and improve patient care and outcomes. The Clinical Nurse Specialist elevates the standard of professional nursing practice at UCM by developing, coaching, and mentoring nurses to become expert clinicians and leaders.

Who you are:

A highly motivated and self-starting individual who is comfortable partnering with leaders across departments to drive change and elevate the patient experience.
  • Master's Degree in nursing from an accredited program required; DNP preferred
  • Minimum 3 - 5 years' experience in neonatal critical care
  • Previous experience in advanced practice role preferred
  • Demonstrates ability to be self-directed
  • Demonstrates clinical competence, effective leadership, and excellent teaching skills
  • Demonstrates ability to establish and maintain effective communication with personnel across disciplines

What you'll gain as the Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care:
  • The opportunity to impact change for newborns and infants across the University of Chicago Medicine in order to provide the highest quality of care and experience to our patients.

What you'll do as the Clinical Nurse Specialist:
  • Develop appropriate patient care guidelines or protocols relating to the physical, psychosocial, and developmental needs of newborns and infants; collaborate with the multi-disciplinary team to educate staff on the utilization of these guidelines and/or protocols; and evaluate the effectiveness of these guidelines or protocols in nursing practice.
  • Identify the expected outcomes of clinical nursing practice, both in general and for specific patient populations; recommend care and operational processes aimed at achieving the defined outcomes; oversee outcomes assessment initiatives.
  • Collaborate with leadership team to develop models of contemporary cost-effective patient care.
  • Influence the development of and compliance with medical center policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Initiate or participate in multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement programs that focus on patient care issues and outcomes.
  • Assess care team members' abilities to provide patient education and supports the development of the staff in patient education.
  • Use creative, innovative systems to role model, teach, coach, and/or mentor resource use among nursing staff.
  • Develop and implements patient focused CQI tools which assess and evaluate patient outcomes.
  • Consult with care team members to tailor the delivery of care to meet the diverse needs and strengths of staff members, patients, and families.

Position Details
  • Job Type/FTE: Full-time
  • Shift: Day, 8a.m-5pm
  • CBA Code: Non-Union

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