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#102733 (RN) Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator-Neuro/ICU

Filing Deadline: Tue 2/25/2020

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/26/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 6% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the “gold standard” for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical quality results. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

The candidate selected for this role will serve as an expert Critical Care and Neurology/Neurosurgery nursing clinician, educator, researcher, consultant and leader for nursing staff, patients, families and members of inter-professional health care teams. This position will work as a team member with education staff to support the Surgery service line, which includes critical care and progressive care neurology/neurosurgery/stroke and general surgery services within the UC San Diego Health System. This role also fulfills the APN requirement for Comprehensive Stroke Certification.

Writes/revises/reviews new and existing policies according to changes in standards and regulations. Consistently evaluates evidence based practice standards for implementation to improve quality patient care delivery. He/She will also coordinate and collaborate on nursing orientation, competency, curriculum development, performance improvement, and evidence-based practice efforts system wide in collaboration with nursing education and nursing leadership.

Under the direction of the department director or designee, the candidate prioritizes and manages multiple demands in an ever changing healthcare environment. The selected candidate is expected to practice autonomously, consistent with ANA Standards of Practice. All performance expectations associated with this position are performed at the Masters Level. Models clinical excellence and demonstrates expertise through mentoring staff nurses.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN); If a non-CNS Master's Degree, must be willing to complete CNS coursework within two (2) years of employment.

  • Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the state of California.

  • BLS/CPR and ACLS certifications at time of hire with commitment to get UCSD ART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Minimum of five (5+) or more years of relevant experience to include at least three (3) years of ICU RN experience in an acute care hospital.

  • Possess and maintain expert knowledge of disease process, treatments and continuum of care.

  • Proficiency using information systems and computer programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong interpersonal, organizational, planning and leadership skills.

  • Able to work effectively in a team environment and with patients and their families.


  • Epic experience.

  • Experience in a teaching hospital.

  • Experience in a Magnet Hospital.

  • Three (3) years of experience as a CNS, Nurse Educator, or similar advanced practice role.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Some travel is required.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

UC San Diego Health Sys
Payroll Title:
Nursing Education
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday


As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.