CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST
Company: Michigan Medicine
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: June 25, 2022
The Clinical Nurse Specialist will be responsible for providing
expert clinical leadership to the nursing staff of the Trauma Burn
Center ICU and Acute Care staff and coordination of services
required for the care of trauma and burn patient populations.
The Trauma Burn Program is a level 1 Trauma Center and verified
Burn Center, certified by the American College of Surgeons. It has
a 10 bed ICU and 6 bed acute care unit. Adult and pediatric
patients are admitted to the burn center. Adult trauma patients are
admitted who have sustained multiple trauma and non-trauma
emergency illnesses. Nurses provide safe and effective nursing care
to an assigned patient population. Have the ability to function as
part of a health team and also work closely with patient
Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and
communities through excellence in education, patient care,
community service, research and technology development, and through
leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.
Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three
critical components; patient care, education and research that
together enhance our contribution to society.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is the clinical leader for a
program or area of nursing practice within Michigan Medicine. The
advanced knowledge and skills required for this role include
clinical expertise in a focus area, evidence-based practice,
collaboration, consultation, education, mentoring, and change
leadership. These are essential to advance the practice of nursing
and the professional development of nurses. The specialized
knowledge and skills are used within three major areas of focus:
patient/family, nurses and nursing practice, and the
organization/system. The CNS and the Clinical Nursing Director are
partners in leading the nursing clinical practice area. The CNS
coordinates and guides clinical activities/projects of nurses
within a practice area. The CNS is accountable for collaborating
with members of the health care team to design, implement, and
measure safe, cost-effective, evidence-based care strategies. The
CNS is responsible for maintaining current professional knowledge
and competencies and contributing to the advancement of the
practice of nursing at the unit/system, local, state and/or
national and international level.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Direct Patient Care
Serves as a reliable source of information on the latest evidence
supporting cost-effective, safe nursing practices.
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 and prioritizes nursing care needs for the
patients/families of the Trauma Burn Center. This includes
synthesis of assessment data, advanced knowledge, experience to
pose problems amenable to advanced interventions.
Conducts comprehensive, holistic wellness and illness assessments
using established or innovative evidence-based techniques, tools,
Initiates and plans care conferences or programs for individual
patients or populations of patients. Calls for interdisciplinary
care conferences when barriers or LOS protraction are evident or
Establishes intervention within standard of care that best aligns
with patient care.
Designs and evaluates innovative educational programs for patients,
families, and groups.
Establishes methods to evaluate and document nursing interventions
at the individual, unit, cluster and professional practice model
Evaluates the impact of nursing interventions on fiscal and human
resources including establishing average and variance economics of
plans of care for major populations and targeted conditions.
Collaborates with others to resolve issues related to patient care,
communication, policies, and resources.
Creates and revises nursing policies, protocols and procedures
using evidence-based information to achieve outcomes for indicators
that are nurse-sensitive.
Identifies facilitators and addresses barriers that affect patient
Leads clinical practice and quality improvement initiatives for a
unit or a program.
Collaborates with nurses to develop practice environments that
support shared decision-making.
Assists the staff in developing critical thinking and clinical
judgment through formal rounds, informal and daily habits in
bedside consultation, activity and procedural progression likely in
plan of day and plan of stay.
Creates a nursing care environment that stimulates continuous
self-learning, reflective practice, ownership, demonstration of
responsibility and accountability.
Collaborates with Educational Nurse Specialists, Educational Nurse
Coordinators and others on content and operational design of
orientation, clinical competency, and other clinical educational
Mentors nurses to acquire new skills, develop their careers and
effectively incorporate evidence into practice. Assists with the
specific development of portfolios that demonstrate navigational
way to achieve mastery in daily care activities, reading and
Models advanced communication and therapeutic interventions in
interviews, evaluation, patient- family assessments and high
performance team conversation within urgent and planned care
Provides input for staff evaluation.
Provides formal and informal education for nurses and other health
professionals and health professional students.
Leads in the conduct and utilization of nursing research as well as
evaluation of daily work process mapping required to insert the
evidence and remove activities of less value.
Analyzes data from quality reports, incidents, consultations and
care conferences to present trends and patterns indicative of
substantial quality improvement initiatives and requirements for
education and mentorship.
Consults with other units and health care professionals to improve
Leads/assists institutional groups to enhance the clinical practice
of nurses and improve patient outcomes.
Develops, pilots, evaluates, and incorporates innovative models of
practice across the continuum of care.
Designs and evaluates programs and initiatives that are congruent
with the organization's strategic plans, regulatory agency
requirements, and nursing standards. Includes data from
readmissions, claims, incidents, and daily habit to frame doable
Identifies, collects, and analyzes data that serve as a basis for
program design and outcome measurement.
Participates in need identification, selection and evaluation of
products and equipment.
Advances nursing practice through participation in professional
organizations, publications, and presentations.
Direction is received from an Associate Chief Nursing Officer
(ACNO) or designated official.
Functional supervision is exercised over Clinical Nurses, LPN's,
Allied Health, Service/Maintenance and other support staff.
Nursing Specific Info
Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be
interviewed and considered for the position. Posting may be filled
after the initial 5-day posting period. Applicants who have left
the UMPNC bargaining unit must include on their resume dates of
past employment including months and years of service along with
effort. Positions less than 20 hours/week may be combined. If you
have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with
nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734)
Completion of a Master's Degree in nursing of an accredited
graduate-level Clinical Nurse Specialist Program. CNS certification
recognized by NCSBN
Current RN licensure to practice nursing and current CNS specialty
licensure in the State of Michigan is required.
Minimum of three (3) years of clinical nursing experience
Clinical knowledge and experience of Trauma/Burn within the last
- In order to be considered for this position the applicant must
have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to
the start date of employment.
- RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): You
must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered
for this position.Desired Qualifications*
Certification in Trauma, Burn, or Surgical Nursing
Clinical nursing experience within the the last five (5) years
Previous experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in an ICU or
acute care setting
CNS Advanced Practice Certification
Previous experience and demonstrated ability to interact with all
levels of internal and external personnel in an academic, tertiary
care healthcare environment is desired.
Ability to function independently and as a team member is
Demonstrated ability to consistently, and positively, contribute to
a group/unit work setting is desired.
Demonstrated ability to consistently work collaboratively with the
manager and leadership team is desired.
Excellent written and verbal skills as evidenced by positive
feedback through references and/or evaluations are desired.
High level of self-motivation to stay current in a rapidly changing
environment is desired.
Three (3) or more years designing, and collaborating with, the
implementation of competency and education activities for nursing
staff including competency programs, orientation, staff and
professional development is desired.
Strong teaching skills as evidenced by the ability to demonstrate a
teachable moment, as well as, develop class content, and staff and
patient education materials is desired.
Demonstrated ability to innovatively lead complex change projects,
particularly those focused on raising patient care to the highest
standards, in an academic, tertiary care environment is
Demonstrated analytical skills necessary to gather and collate data
to present recommendations for solutions to identified problems is
Demonstrated ability to apply evidence-based clinical knowledge
into the patient care setting via protocols, standards, and
outcomes measurement is desired.
Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, the Continuous
Quality Improvement process, including recent experience
implementing keystone quality improvement initiatives is
Previous experience as principle or co-investigator on a research
project(s) is desired.
Experience in implementation of service initiatives at the unit
level is desired.
Demonstrated professional writing experience and being published in
professional periodicals is desired.
Eligible for appointment with the School of Nursing is desired.
Competence with basic computer functions is desired.
Hours per week: 40
Shift: Day shift M-F, routinely need to be flexible to work off
shifts to engage staff
Location: University Hospital- Trauma/Burn
This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement
between the U-M and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U-M
Professional Nurse Council union, which contains and settles all
matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and
conditions of employment.
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment
drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job
offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background
screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with
the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to
all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and
staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M
If you have questions regarding this posting or would like
assistance with Advanced Practice Nursing opportunities please
contact Nurse and Physician Assistant Recruitment at (734) 936-5183
or e-mail email@example.com . For a current listing
of all open APRN job opportunities at Michigan Medicine, please
visit www.UMnursing.org .
Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce
as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of
Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We
welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional
dimensions to the University's research, teaching, and clinical
mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected
veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of
Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed
to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all
persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of
race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability,
religion, height, weight, or veteran status.
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