Dec 16, 2019

Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Kansas City, KS, USA

Job Description

Does improving patient care and quality outcomes motivate you?

Do you enjoy sharing the latest research and best practices to elevate nursing practices?

Are you dedicated to creating a positive environment for your peers and patients?

If you can answer ‘YES’ to any of these questions, we have a great opportunity for you! We have opportunities for Clinical Nurse Specialists in: Critical Care, Hematology, (other openings would be listed here).

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) has a unique APRN role to integrate care across the continuum and through three spheres of influence: patient, nurse, system. The three spheres are overlapping and interrelated but each sphere possesses a distinctive focus. In each of the spheres of influence, the primary goal of the CNS is continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care. Key elements of CNS practice are to create environments through mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices to alleviate patient distress, facilitate ethical decision-making, and respond to diversity.

The CNS is responsible and accountable for diagnosis and treatment of health/illness states, disease management, health promotion, and prevention of illness and risk behaviors among individuals, families, groups and communities (APRN Joint Dialogue Group Report, July 7, 2008).

Current Openings:

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Outpatient Cancer Center

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Hematology, Oncology and BMT/Cellular Therapy

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Critical Care

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Neurosciences


  • Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.
  • Coaching Competency: Provide skillful guidance and teaching to advance the care of patients, families, groups of patients, and the profession of nursing.
  • Consultation and Collaboration Competency: Demonstrate patient, staff, or system focused interaction between professionals in which the consultant is recognized as having specialized expertise and assists consultee with problem solving. Work jointly with others to optimize clinical outcomes. The CNS collaborates at an advanced level by committing to authentic engagement and constructive patient, family, system, and population-focused problem solving.
  • Ethical decision-making, moral agency and advocacy: Identifying, articulating, and taking action on ethical concerns at the patient, family, health care provider, system, community, and public policy levels.
  • Expert Clinical Practice Competency: Provide direct interaction with patients, families, and groups of patients to promote health or well-being and improve quality of life. Characterized by a holistic perspective in the advanced nursing management of health, illness and disease states.
  • Research/EBP Competence: Actively engage in thorough and systematic inquiry. Includes the search for, interpretation, and use of evidence in clinical practice and quality improvement to address clinical problem, as well as active participation in the conduct of research.
  • Systems Leadership Competency: Demonstrates ability to manage change and empower others to influence clinical practice and political processes both within and across systems.



  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree in Nursing or Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) required
  • BLS Certification required
  • Must meet requirements for APRN-CNS Licensure in Kansas required
  • Registered Nurse in State of Kansas required