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Clinical Nurse Specialist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Palo Alto, California

Job Description:

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Pediatric Neurosciences

Category: Nursing Staff
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location: LPCH Main Hospital Palo Alto
Req: 6692
FTE: 1
Nursing Staff:1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shifts

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Position Overview:

Clinical Nurse Specialists are Master's Degree prepared advanced practice Registered Nurses in roles characterized by the following responsibilities:

1) provide care for patients with multiple or complex health needs within a specific clinical area;
2) use advanced clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of patients;
3) use theoretical and clinical expertise to assist health care providers and patients in promoting or achieving optimal health;
4) develop and implement standards of nursing practice;
5) serve as a consultant or expert resource person for other health providers;
6) facilitate an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to meeting the needs of patients;
7) seek consultations and make referrals as needed; and
8) promote research to improve clinical nursing practice. Clinical Nurse Specialists assess, plan, provide and evaluate specialized nursing care of patients by advancing the quality and scope of nursing practice through clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and administrative roles in the area of clinical expertise (e.g., diabetes, cardiology, respiratory, pediatrics, etc.) for a specified patient population.

Essential Functions:

  • Analyzes unit patient care plans currently for evidence of documentation of standards of practice, shares findings with staff, and collaborates in developing a variety of valid and reliable assessment tools to assist staff with documentation records.

  • Demonstrates expertise in the execution of daily patient care, providing collaboration, direction, and instruction to the staff in the application and utilization of the nursing process.

  • Elects, implements, and evaluates comforting, therapeutic, restorative, and preventative nursing measures for selected patients.

  • Expertise in the planning and delivery of special patient care problems.

  • In collaboration with nursing managers and other researchers, performs, assists with.

  • Initiates, evaluates and revises nursing plans of care that reflect a multidisciplinary approach to patient care; coordinates the nursing plan of care with the medical plan of care.

  • Maintains and teaches others the specialized knowledge and skill necessary to perform techniques and routines in the specialty service area.

  • Offers consultative services within nursing services and to other disciplines to provide or participates in planning, development, execution and evaluation of clinical research.

  • Participates in the hospital's quality improvement program; collaborates in setting unit standards of care and monitors indicators of quality.

  • Provides direct patient care using consistency in assessing current patient care situations, priorities, and needs.

  • Provides safety, comfort care, and treatment of patients according to established legal, ethical, and institutional standards.

  • Serves as a consultant to patients, families, and staff.

Tertiary Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist

The clinical nurse specialist (CNS), shall be:

  • A R.N. licensed by the State of California, with experience in a clinical specialty related to pediatrics; and

  • Certified as a CNS by the State Board of Registered Nursing, as per the California Business and Professions Code, Chapter 6, Section 2838 of the Nursing Practice Act.

The CNS shall be responsible for:

  • Coordination and assessment of educational development and clinical competency of the nursing staff in the pediatric service(s)/department(s). The CNS shall be responsible for ensuring continued clinical nursing competencies through educational programs for both the newly hired and experienced nursing staff.

  • Consultation with staff on complex nursing care issues.

  • Oversight of comprehensive parent education activities; and

  • Ensuring the implementation of a coordinated and effective discharge planning program.

  • For hospitals with a separate adolescent service(s)/department(s), there shall be a CNS available for consultation who has education and experience in the care of adolescents and young adults.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.


Master's degree in a work-related discipline/field from an accredited college or university


Three (3) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience


CA Registered Nurse (RN), CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to conduct research, document results, draw conclusions and make recommendations.

  • Ability to develop and perform patient assessment and plan of care.

  • Ability to identify competency-based education needs of and implement educational programs for staff.

  • Ability to perform patient assessment and triage.

  • Ability to provide consultation to physicians, nurses and other health care providers in meeting care needs of patients.

  • Ability to provide direct evaluation and consultation to patients.

  • Knowledge of advanced clinical practice education, consultation, research, and administration.

  • Knowledge of clinical operations, workflow and procedures.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives as well as issues and developments in the field of nursing, especially as applied to the area of nursing specialty.


Advanced nursing skills in area of specialty.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.