Dignity Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in CARMICHAEL, California


Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Dignity Health member, is a nationally recognized not-for-profit hospital located in Carmichael, California, serving the areas of north Sacramento County and south Placer County. The 370-bed facility is one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive medical centers, caring for more than 150,000 people each year and contains the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the greater Sacramento region.


Position Summary:

The incumbent Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is the clinical leader for a program or area of clinical practice within Dignity Health, Mercy San Juan Medical Center. The advanced knowledge and skills required for this role include clinical expertise in a focus area, evidence-based practice, collaboration, consultation, education, mentoring, and change leadership. These are essential to advance the practice of nursing and the professional development of nurses. The CNS and the department manager are partners in leading clinical practice. The CNS coordinates and guides clinical activities/projects of nurses.

The CNS is expected to role model the following role-based competencies: critical thinking, nursing judgment, communication and teamwork. The incumbent is also accountable for providing high quality care in a cost effective manner, which is consistent with the Mission and Philosophy of the Sisters of Mercy.

Keywords: Registered Nurse, RN, Clinical Nure Specialist, CNS, perinatal, neonatal, neonatal intensive care unit, NICU


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Nursing required

  • Current California Registered Nurse (RN) license required

  • Current California Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification, with a speciality in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), required

  • Five (5) years of clinical experience as an RN in NICU (Level III) required

  • Requires:

  • Demonstrated entry level skills of an advanced practice nurse in leadership, communication, collaboration, mentoring, and change leadership

  • Demonstrated entry level ability as an advanced practice nurse to utilize evidence to develop, teach, guide, and implement practice standards, safety initiatives and policies

  • Current nursing techniques, principles and practices neonatal intensive care nursing, regulatory/accreditation agency standards, CCS, current evidence based best practices

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Staff development and needs assessment techniques

  • Interpersonal relationship skills

  • Current trends and issues in nursing

  • Stress control techniques

  • Problem solving skills

  • Organizational and prioritization skills

  • CQI and QA methodologies

  • Computer skills

  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) required

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) required

Prefer red Qualifications:

  • Current RNC certification preferred

  • Two (2) years of experience as a NICU CNS preferred

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Job ID 2017-37985

Employment Type Full Time

Department Advanced Practice Nursing

Hours / Pay Period 80

Facility Mercy San Juan Medical Center

Shift Day


State/Province CA

Standard Hours 0800-1700

Work Schedule 8 Hour