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Rush University Medical Center Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neuroscience IMCU in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title:

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neuroscience IMCU


12 West Tower - Neuro IMCU




Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)


Critical Care Nursing

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Job Description:

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Neurosciences IMCU

A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse who holds a master's or doctoral nursing degree as well as population focused certification meeting National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the American Nurses Association (ANA) requirements. The advanced knowledge and skills required for this role include clinical expertise in a focus area, critical appraisal of evidence-based practice, leadership, collaboration, consultation, education, and mentoring. The specialized knowledge and skills are applied within three areas of impact to patient/family/direct care, nurses/nursing practice, and organization/system outcomes. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards. Clinical Nurse Specialist practice is within the framework of the RUMC Model of Professional Nursing Practice, Professional Nursing Staff shared governance, Advanced Practice Committee, and Quality committee structure at RUMC. Clinical privileges are not required for this role.


  • The CNS is a key member of the unit and nursing leadership team, responsible for advancing clinical practice to achieve strategic goals.

  • In addition, this role partners with Rush University including College of Nursing to support and promote integration of the academic and practice environments.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Patient/Direct Care

  • Provides expert consultation for patient/populations with complex health care needs using evidence.

  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team using the nursing process to integrate the nursing perspective into a comprehensive plan of care for the patient/family.

  • Identifies care priorities and deficiencies for a select population of patients/families.

  • Conducts comprehensive assessments using established or innovative evidence-based techniques, tools, and methods.

  • Coordinates care and transitions in collaboration with patient/population and interprofessional team members.

  • Designs evidence-based, cost-sensitive interventions, including advanced nursing therapies, to meet the multifaceted needs of complex patient / populations.

  • Designs and evaluates innovative educational resources for patients, families, and groups appropriate to developmental level, health literacy level, learning needs, personal preferences, and readiness to learn.

  • Evaluates impact of nursing interventions on patient/population outcomes using a scientific approach.

  • Collaborates with system-wide committees to elevate, standardize, and evaluate clinical practices.

  • Analyzes root cause to actual / potential risks to patient safety and quality of care based on assessments across the patient, nurse, and system spheres of influence.

  • Facilitates resolution of ethical conflicts in complex patient care situations and advocates for patient's preferences and rights.

  • Nursing/ Nursing Practice

  • Serves as a reliable source of information on the latest evidence supporting cost-effective, safe nursing and clinical practices

  • Collaborates within nursing and across interdisciplinary clinical teams to implement continuous process improvement to support the nursing strategic plan.

  • Creates a standard of practice using evidence based information to achieve outcomes for indicators that are nurse-sensitive.

  • Advocates for nurses' right to practice to the full extent of their role in the delivery of health care.

  • Initiates clinical inquiry, evidence-based literature searches, and facilitates nursing research.

  • Identifies and partners with others to remove barriers that affect patient outcomes and facilitate solutions at a unit and/or system wide level.

  • Leads nurses in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating change considering intended and unintended consequences.

  • Inspires staff members to improve practice environments supporting shared decision-making and clinical ladder promotion.

  • Mentors nurse colleagues in using evidence-based practice principals and to develop critical thinking and clinical judgment.

  • Creates an accountable nursing care environment that stimulates continuous self-learning, reflective practice, and sense of ownership.

  • Collaborates with other departments to develop and/or review orientation, clinical competency, and additional clinical education programs.

  • Fosters a healthy work environment and builds effective teams via coaching and utilizing advanced communication skills.

  • Partners with Rush College of Nursing and other academic programs to support and promote integration of the academic and practice environments including, but not limited to precepting/mentoring students and foster professional development of students and nursing staff.

  • Evaluates outcomes of nursing practice utilizing data considering safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, efficacy, and patient centered care.

  • Engages nurses in reflective practice activities that promote self-awareness and invites peer feedback to improve nursing practice.

  • Provides formal and informal education for nurses, students, and other health professionals.

  • Organization/Systems Leadership

  • Leads systematic quality and safety initiatives based on problem identification, gap analysis, and process evaluation to achieve strategic goals.

  • Partners with cross hospital departments and individuals to design and evaluate programs and initiatives aligned with the organization's strategic plans, regulatory agency requirements, guidelines, and standards of care.

  • Uses effective strategies for changing clinician behavior to encourage adoption of evidence-based practices and innovations in care delivery.

  • Develops, evaluates and incorporates innovative models of practice across the continuum of care.

  • Leads the integration, management, and evaluation of technology/products to promote safety, quality, and efficiency, and optimal health outcomes.

  • Identifies impact of nursing interventions pertaining to stewardship of human and fiscal resources.

  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills

  • Demonstrates advanced interpersonal and communication skills that establish and maintain professional relationships with coworkers, and each member of the healthcare team.

  • Employs conflict management and negotiation skills to promote a healthy work environment.

  • Builds a practice environment in which respect, communication, and collaboration contribute to safe, quality outcomes.

  • Demonstrates ICARE values.

  • Promotes a culture of safety to meet patient outcomes.

  • Applies ethical principles to resolving concerns across the three spheres of impact.

  • Professionalism

  • Demonstrates accountability for own professional practice, including progress toward achievement of annual goals.

  • Advances nursing practice by participation in professional organizations, publications, and dissemination.

  • Advocates for the ethical principles in safeguarding confidentiality, dignity, and safety of all.

Position Qualifications Include:

  • Current state of Illinois Registered Nurse licensure required.

  • BLS validation required.

  • Graduate from an accredited CNS educational program with a Masters or Doctoral nursing degree.

  • Current state of Illinois Advanced Practice Nurse- Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist licensure required. The CNS's education and specialty board certification must correlate with the job role, setting, responsibility and patient population.

  • A high level of analytical ability is required.

  • Demonstrate skills at the level of an advanced practice nurse in leadership, communication, collaboration, mentoring, and change as evidenced by portfolio, recommendation letters, references, interview, and demonstration.

  • Demonstrate ability at the level of an advanced practice nurse to utilize evidence to develop, teach, guide and implement practice standards and policies.

  • Computer skills using various applications: Internet, e-mail, word programs and databases.

  • Work requires the ability to walk throughout the Medical Center and to be standing or walking most of the day

  • Work requires lifting or carrying objects 35-40 lbs. and lifting and positioning patients, some of whom may exceed 300 lbs.

  • The ability to check documents for errors, use a keyboard to enter or retrieve data, and closely examine specimen, images or reports is required.

  • Work conditions include performing procedures where carelessness could result in injury or illness and/or contact with potentially infectious materials and/or strong chemical agents.

Company Highlights:

  • Rush was recently ranked first for Quality and Accountability among US academic medical centers in a study conducted by the health care performance improvement company Vizient.

  • Rush University Medical Center was given the 2020 Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for the performance of its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

  • Rush University Medical Center is a five-time Magnet® facility, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence. Rush was also the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status.

  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 664 licensed beds.

  • Ranked among the top 20 best places to work in healthcare by Indeed.

  • For the fourth consecutive time, all three Rush System hospitals have received an "A" grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.