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#89275 (CNS/CNE) Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator, NICU

Extended Deadline: Thu 9/28/2017

The description of this position have been slightly modified as of 8/18/2017.


This role will serve as a general expert Neonatal clinician, educator, researcher, consultant and leader for nursing staff, patients, families and members of inter-professional health care teams. Collaborates with the nursing leadership team and inter-professional team to ensure cost-effective professional practice standards within the patient population based on best practices and evidence. To coordinate nursing orientation, competency, and curriculum development efforts system wide. This position would be responsible for assuring all UC San Diego Health nurses deliver excellent care for the Neonatal patient and family. There are extensive Neonatal regulations from Children's Medical Services (CMS), CDPH, TJC and other agencies as required. The neonatal population at our clinical facilities continues to grow. Accountable for: Education/competency standardization, neonatal equipment, neonatal quality reviews, updates of MCPs and neonatal guidelines, EPIC integration with UC Irvine and implementation at UC San Diego Health, preparation/orientation/training and other Neonatal-related clinical opportunities.

Position functions in the role of educator for clinical staff. Plans, facilitates, and presents educational activities. Coordinates these activities with staff, management, physicians and providers. Coordinates or assists in the coordination of BART classes, nursing orientation and other programs as needed. Recommends and implements improvement in standards of patient care. Writes/revises/reviews new and policies according to changes in standards and regulations. Consistently evaluates evidence based practice standards for implementation to improve quality patient care delivery.

Under the direction of the department director or designee, the Nurse Educator prioritizes and manages multiple demands in an ever changing healthcare environment. Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills are required. Must be able to use word processing and presentation software. Ability to effectively coordinate efforts with others, including interdisciplinary groups. Self-motivated and proven ability to work both independently or effectively as a team member with a variety of healthcare specialists.

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


  • Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the state of California.
  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART w/in 6 months of hire date.
  • MSN with focus of Nursing Leadership & Health Care Administration.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a clinical educator.
  • Proficient with information systems and computer programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, planning and leadership skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment and with patients and their families.


  • Experience in a teaching hospital.
  • Three (3) years’ experience in NICU nursing.
  • Certification for NICU RN as RNC-NIC through NCC (this is mandatory for CCS regulations for a NICU CNS).


  • Must be able to work various hours, days, shifts and locations based on the 24-hour Medical Center's business needs.
  • Some travel required.

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

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

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Nursing Research and Education - NICU
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Commensurate with Experience
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri