The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role utilizes a graduate educational preparation, in-depth nursing knowledge and expertise in meeting the health needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. It involves:
Analyzing and synthesizing knowledge;
Understanding, interpreting and applying nursing theory and research
Developing and advancing nursing knowledge and the profession as a whole providing leadership and promoting excellence in patient focused clinical care in collaboration with the patient, family and interprofessional team. (CNA, 2008)
As a member of the interprofessional team, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Wound Care will function as a specialized hospital wide clinical resource, who provides expert clinical consultation (assessment, collaboration, education, interventions), and care planning for complex wounds, ostomies and continence. The CNS is expected to provide leadership, mentorship, education and support to the nursing, medical and health discipline staff. As a member of the Professional Practice and leadership teams, the CNS will also lead evidence based practice for our clinical teams, and the development of standards and quality initiatives enhancing safe high quality patient and caregiver centred care.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Comprehensive assessments to identify symptoms, underlying health conditions, physical, functional, emotional and cognitive status, home environment issues and home supports needed for patients with complex wounds and ostomies admitted to Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital.
Analyzes patterns of patient responses and needs within a complex population and develops strategies to create unit, organization and system based changes to optimize wound and ostomy healthcare outcomes.
Coordinates and leads innovative training programs for family and/or caregivers of patients with ostomies and complex wounds.
Provides advanced practice clinical consultation and support to the organization regarding wound and ostomy issues.
Facilitates knowledge translation in the clinical setting to support care in highly complex and unpredictable situations.
Supports nursing practice in meeting the standards of care for patients living with ostomies and complex wounds through mentoring, role modelling, consultation and education.
Facilitates the strategic and innovative program planning and evaluation of wound and ostomy care.
Incorporates and disseminates knowledge from continuous learning to advance and evaluate nursing practice.
Promotes the role of wound and ostomy nursing through involvement in academic pursuits, professional associations and special interest groups.
Liaises with academic partners to develop and provide wound and ostomy care educational programs.
Perform other duties related to the position as required.
Evaluation and Research:
Critiques, interprets, synthesizes, utilizes and disseminates evidence as it relates to wound, ostomy and continence nursing, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.
Uses research and outcome data to formulate, evaluate and/or revise policies, procedures and guidelines, standards of care and programs.
Develops and evaluates wound and ostomy programs and services at all levels of the organization.
Act as a principal investigator or collaborator with other health care team members to identify, conduct or support research that enhances wound and ostomy nursing care.
Identifies the need for practice improvement to promote safe, effective and reliable care that has a positive impact on patient and system outcomes.
Uses a wide range of strategies to encourage clinicians to engage in clinical inquiry.
Apply theories and principles of safety, project management and change management.
Develop and maintain standards of nursing practice and management of patient care through creation of an environment conducive to growth and development of staff.
Participate in recruitment and retention activities.
Current certificate of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing
Successful completion of a Master’s degree in nursing or related field from an accredited academic institution
Relevant specialty certificate or completion of Wound Care Education programs required e.g. Wound, Ostomy and Continence CNA Certification; International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC-CAN); Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP™); Wound Healing Master's Program)
Minimum 3-5 years recent clinical experience in wound care - CNS or Advance Practice Nurse experience preferred
Experience in developing, monitoring, and evaluating care plans created in collaboration with the interprofessional team; Program planning and evaluation methodology skills
Expert knowledge in a clinical nursing specialty
Member of RNAO preferred
Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution preferred
Knowledge of adult learning principles, curriculum development, and teaching learning strategies
Demonstrated experience with knowledge transfer
Experience in developing clinical tools such as policies/procedures, clinical protocols, order sets
Demonstrated ability to lead and sustain change
Knowledge of statistics and ability to analyse and synthesize fiscal and patient care data
Excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership and organizational skills
Excellent decision making, problem recognition, problem solving skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Commitment to collaborative and interprofessional practice
Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations
Intermediate Microsoft Office skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Knowledge of Meditech or computerized documentation skills
Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history
About the Company
Sinai Health is a leading academic health science centre with a provincial, national and international reputation for discovering and delivering life-changing care. Since 2015, we have provided excellent and compassionate care in hospital, community and home. Comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital, the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and our system partner Circle of Care, we translate scientific breakthroughs, push boundaries for health solutions, and educates future clinical and scientific leaders.
Sinai Health is fully committed to a culture of belonging and an inclusive environment that attracts and retains a diverse workforce, at all levels of the organization, that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and those from diverse backgrounds and experiences. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know through the Accommodation Phone Line at 416-586-4800, ext. 7050, or email HiringProcessAccommodation.firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Sinai Health, we care, create possibilities and offer hope. We are looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist – Wound Care to support our Nursing Education team.