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CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Acute Care

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Date: Jan 14, 2018

Location: Lakewood, CO, US 80228

Company: Centura Health

St. Anthony Hospital is located in the western Denver suburb of Lakewood and is a Level I Trauma Center with four dedicated trauma rooms including the T-10 room, a dedicated field-to-surgery suite ready 24/7 for trauma surgeons and specially trained teams who provide life-saving care to the most severely ill and injured patients. St. Anthony proudly provides a full range of medical specialties and health care services to Denver and the surrounding region with a state-of-the-art medical campus.  If you’re looking to be part of a fast-paced environment where you can practice to the top of your profession in trauma, cardiology, stroke, neurosciences, breast imaging, cancer/oncology care, surgery and more, we encourage you to apply.  In addition to a new campus, supportive team and faith-based mission, we’re proud to be the recipient of numerous awards, certifications and accreditations from the American Heart Association; Chest Pain Center (CPC); American College of Cardiology; The Joint Commission’s National Quality Approval; Healthgrades (for Stroke, Critical Care and Prostate Surgery Excellence); the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award; NAPBC Accreditation; American College of Radiology and many others. For more information about St. Anthony Hospital, visit

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 110040

Recruiter Contact: Charlie Hoshall,

Clinic/Department: 8612 SAH NURSING EDUCATION 


Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Position Summary

The APRN Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) influences patient outcomes and promotes evidence-based nursing care by

applying specialty knowledge and expert clinical practice across the client, nurse, and system spheres of influence. The

APRN CNS role models clinical expertise in a specialty area and leads system wide changes which continuously improve

outcomes at the client, nursing practice, and organizational level. The APRN CNS empowers nursing through creating and

supporting environments which embrace continuous quality improvement and are hallmarked by collaboration, ethical decision

making, caring, alleviation of suffering, and implementation of evidence-based practices.

Minimum Education Requirements

Master’s degree from a nationally accredited graduate degree program or a nationally accredited postgraduate certificate program (as of January 01, 2012/ or reference APRN Guidelines).

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a professional nurse who is licensed to practice pursuant to the Nurse Practice Act of the Colorado Board of Nursing (BON). An APRN must have specialized education or training at the graduate level from an accredited academic institution and shall obtain national certification from a nationally recognized accrediting agency. An APRN must designate a specific role and population focus. An APRN must be included on the advanced practice registry for the State of Colorado. APRN Roles recognized by the Colorado BON are nurse practitioner (NP), certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM), and clinical nurse specialist (CNS). A nurse seeking recognition as an APRN must be academically prepared for the expanded scope of practice described as Advanced Practice Nursing.

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • 2 years clinical nursing experience in designated specialty area preferred


  • Current Colorado Registered Nurse License; Board certified as an APN in a population foci and listed on the Colorado

  • Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) registry

Position Duties (Essential Functions)

Patient and Family Centered Care – 30%

The CNS interacts at the level of patients, families, and groups of patients, nurses and organizational systems to promote health or well-being and improve quality of life. Conducts a comprehensive,

holistic assessment, Synthesizes assessment data, identifies potential risks, and formulates or revises diagnoses. Implements or prescribes nursing therapeutics, pharmacologic or other interventions to select patients. Provides leadership for Evidence Based Practice and collaborative or development of standards of care, programs of care, policies, procedures and protocols. Evaluates nursing practice against evidence based practice standards and modifies interventions to achieve optimal outcomes.

Quality Outcomes/Quality Improvement/EBP/Research – 20%

The CNS executes the work of thorough and systematic inquiry to improve safety and outcomes at the patients and families, nurses and organizational systems level. Evaluates and facilitates the integration and adoption of evidence-based practices, products, and technology into clinical practice and policies. Analyzes research findings for their potential application to practice, using validated methodologies to critique the evidence. Identifies problems/questions amenable to research or clinical inquiry relevant to the population foci. May participates in conducting or implementing research, and disseminates findings to key stakeholders in the organization. Advances the science of nursing practice by promoting the application of nursing theories and research findings to practice with implications for nursing care. Translates and integrates research findings into practice. Disseminates research findings through publication and/or through local regional, national, presentations.

Leadership/Collaboration – 10%

The CNS demonstrates the ability to manage change and empower others to influence practice and processes of care at the patient and families, nurses and organizational systems levels. Provides leadership in maintaining a supportive, healthy work environment. Facilitates the provision of clinically competent care. Performs system level assessments and leads system change through leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. Considers fiscal and budgetary implications in decision making. Participates in professional organizations. Promotes APRN role development by interpreting its role for healthcare consumers, families, legislators, and others. Influences decision making bodies to influence the professional practice environment and healthcare consumer outcomes. Teamwork and Collaboration: Function effectively within nursing and inter- professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care and optimize clinical outcomes.

Coaching/Professional Development – 10%

The CNS provides skillful guidance and teaching at the level of patients and families, nurses and organizational systems to advance the care of patients, and promote the profession. Formulates health information appropriate to the level of understanding of the patient and family. Acts as a health coach, providing guidance and support in order to improve health outcomes and reduce health costs for patients and families in selected population focus. Identifies the learning needs of nursing staff and participates in the development and roll out of effective educational strategies. Provides education to individuals, families, and groups in designated specialty area. Participates in the education of students and associates by serving as a lecturer, preceptor, and/or mentor in order for them to acquire new knowledge and skills. Uses coaching and communication skills to convey expectations and facilitate change. Role models effective conflict management skills. Participates in professional development.

Informatics/Technology – 10%

Integrates IT into systems of care. Adapts to rapidly changing technology as evidenced by competency in technology and equipment used in the patient care setting. Thorough and confidential maintenance of patient charts and records. Document ongoing status, interventions, patient response and outcomes in accurate, timely manner. Use information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making. Anticipate unintended consequences of new technology. Search, retrieve and manage data to make decisions using information and knowledge management systems.

Consultation – 10%

The CNS interacts with professionals and is recognized as having expertise to assist with problem solving for patients and families, nurses and organizational systems. Initiates/provides consultation to staff nurses, med staff and interdisciplinary colleagues to facilitate progress toward outcomes. Analyzes data and communicates consultation findings to improve outcomes. Serves as a consultant across the organization to provide resources and share clinical expertise for best practice innovations.

Ethical Decision Making – 10%

The CNS identifies, articulates, and takes action on ethical concerns for patients and families, nurses and organizational systems. Supports practices to ensure patient self-determination and promote informed decision making. Engages in formal self- evaluation process. Fosters professional accountability. Contributes to the resolution of ethical conflicts involving patients, their families, the organizational systems and community stakeholders. Promotes care delivery that protects autonomy, dignity, rights, values and beliefs. Advocates for equitable patient care. Facilitates interdisciplinary teams to address ethical concerns.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs constantly.


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

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