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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Wound Care

Unity Health Toronto

Toronto, ON M6R 1B5, Canada
Part-Time Permanent
$48.64 - $56.98/ per hour

Job Description

In the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wound, Skin & Ostomy you will be accountable for supporting the delivery of exceptional wound care throughout St. Joseph’s Health Center (SJHC). As part of the wound care team, reporting to the Manager, Nursing Practice you will work collaboratively with key stakeholders, leaders, and health care providers to promote and facilitate a best practice approach to wound, skin and stoma management that is client, family-centered, evidence based and interprofesional. As the successful candidate, you will continuously role model and mentor others to achieve success. You are an energetic person who takes pride in building strong and effective interpersonal relationships.

The CNS demonstrates advanced knowledge, skill and judgment in providing care to patients that are consistent with the College of Nurses of Ontario.  At SJHC a CNS must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • support the delivery of quality care to diverse patient population, and facilitate the development of comprehensive care plans in conjunction with the interprofessional team to enhance patient safety, outcomes, access to care, and experience

  • blend clinical expertise with education, knowledge translation, leadership and research skills to serve as  a consultant and resource to nurses, nursing leadership, interprofessional teams and external partners in the process of decision-making, developing clinical guidelines and protocols, promoting the use of evidence, and facilitating system change

  • The CNS will be working collaboratively with the SJHC Wound Care team and other key stakeholders and team members, focusing their care on ostomy & wound care management


The CNS works within 4 domains of practice.

Clinical Domain

  • Involved in direct and indirect patient care using a systems-oriented and population-focused approach

  • Supports the nursing management of complex illnesses

  • Collaborates with the interprofessional team in the development of comprehensive care plans for complex or high risk patients

  • Acts as patient advocate and partners with patients and families

  • Collaborates with internal and external partners for the transition and coordination of patient care, including discharge planning

Knowledge Translation

  • Critically appraises research and applies it to practice, quality and patient safety initiatives

  • Builds nursing capacity by supporting  evidence based practice at the point of care

  • Mentors nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) and staff, e.g., professional development and quality improvement initiatives

  • Leads and collaborates in the development of education programs based on current evidence for patients/families, nurses and interprofessional team members, and evaluates system interventions to decrease risks and complications


  • Collaborates in research activities and quality improvement initiatives

  • Identifies opportunities to engage with research teams as co-investigators

  • Participates in presentations/publications of research and quality improvement initiatives

  • Eligible for cross appointments with affiliated/approved institutions to build coalitions, share resources, knowledge and expertise


  • Leads and participates in developing corporate/program policies, guidelines and other practice documents

  • Leads and participates in unit and hospital wide committees and working groups to develop, implement and sustain best patient care practices

  • Supports interprofessional collaboration in planning, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of local and corporate initiatives

  • Facilitates identification of opportunities for collaboration with academic and health care partners

  • Facilitates and leads team-based activities, e.g., clinical rounds, strategic planning



  • Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the General Class

  • Master’s degree in Nursing or Wound Healing (MCLScWH) required.

  • BCLS required

  • Minimum 3-5 years experience working in a specialized wound, skin & ostomy role required.

  • Completion of an accredited program in Wound, Ostomy & Continence, together with Certification from Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) as a Nurse specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC, WOCC(C) or working towards this qualification preferred

  • Adult teaching experience and/or adult education courses

  • Satisfactory attendance record


  • Ability to function as an independent practitioner and a collaborative team member

  • Demonstrated leadership in committee work, education, quality improvement, and knowledge translation initiatives

  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and related skills in advanced wound management and ostomy care

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills and demonstrated strong interpersonal skills

  • Proven time management, organizing and coordinating skills

As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists.  All internal candidates must be in compliance with Unity Health Toronto’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Company/Organization Description

Unity Health Toronto serves patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care while investing in world-class research and education. Our commitment to anti-racism, equity and social accountability is essential to our ability to provide exceptional care experiences and to drive research and academic excellence, while our deeply held values of human dignity, compassion, excellence, community and inclusivity drive us to continuously nurture an inclusive environment.

We are committed to creating a workplace culture where everyone feels valued and welcome to be themselves, and where they are empowered to share different perspectives to inspire creativity and innovation. Unity Health encourages applications from qualified candidates and we especially welcome applicants who are Indigenous, Black or Racialized, persons with disabilities, people who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

We are committed to accessibility in the candidate application and selection process. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements of the vacant position. Applicants are asked to please make their accommodation requirements known when contacted.

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