Clinical Nurse Specialist Fellow (multiple positions)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Location: LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital 

Req ID: 89443

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

In collaboration with the health care team, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Fellow provides expert population based, family-centered clinical care and clinical consultation within her/his area of expertise to improve outcomes and to promote integrated health care that is safe, equitable, timely, effective, and efficient. The CNS Fellow will be part of a centralized CNS team, and work across the organization in interdisciplinary teams.


There will be multiple CNS positions available across the Infant Transitional Care Unit (ITCU), Neurology, General Pediatrics, Rehab/Adolescent, Oncology, and the King of Prussia Hospital.

Job Responsibilities


  • Manages the care of complex and/or vulnerable populations through expert direct care, care coordination and collaboration with patients and families and other members of the health care team. Demonstrates a commitment to patient safety by being knowledgeable about evidence and best practices for safety, speaking up about safety issues, and changing practice to enhance safety. Shares errors or potential errors through system reporting mechanisms and communicated these with appropriate leadership. Demonstrates shared accountability for safe practice.


  • Supports other members of the health care team, including nurses, physicians and allied health professionals through collaborative clinical practice, education, research/evidence based practice  and consultation. Acts as a preceptor and mentor to support the development of nurses, students and other health care providers


  • Facilitates change and innovation for patients/populations within the department, the health care system and the community. Analyzes and utilizes data, including patient satisfaction data, QI data, other data relevant to specialty populations and incident report/safety net data, to identify opportunities for improvement and to develop a plan of action in order to improve outcomes.


  • Participates in scholarly activities including research and evidence-based practice. Participates in personal professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate educational offerings. Presents research and evidence based practice findings to unit staff.  Participates in regional/national programs relevant to specialty practice. Develops departmental and hospital policies, procedures and standards based on the best available evidence. 


Demonstrates health care informatics competencies in order to manage patient care, outcome data and current and emerging health care technology, which includes:


o   Basic computer competency, including the effective use of patient care devices, computers, computer software programs such as e-mail and word processing programs, and shared network file space.


o   Information literacy, including the effective use of the intranet and internet to find electronic resources for patient care, nursing practice and evidence-based decision-making.


o   Information management skills, including the effective use of the electronic health record and clinical information systems, the ability to collect clinical data using quality tools and the ability to discuss, evaluate and analyze and present outcome data depicted in charts and tables

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

RN - Registered Nurse
CNS Board certification within (3) years of placement into position

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Current enrollment in a Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Program.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: MSN or enrollment in a DNP Program.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Effective oral, written, and presentational skills in English.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work across systems and to influence change.
  • Ability to coordinate individuals and groups to develop, implement, and evaluate projects.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.


Computer Competency

  • Basic use of a computer (mouse, keyboard, printer, USB ports).
  • Basic use of Microsoft Office (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and Skype).
  • Web browsing, intranet search, document access.
  • Use of shared network file space.
  • Basic use of patient facing technology. (e.g. IV pumps, point of care devices, CR monitors).
  • Navigation and use of clinical communication systems.


Information Literacy

  • Determines the nature and extent of clinical information needed and uses the appropriate technology to access it.
  • Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluates information and its sources critically and appropriately incorporates it into clinical practice.
  • Evaluates outcomes of the use of information.


Information Management Literacy

  • Navigation of the electronic health record system.
  • Ability to locate and review specific patient data in various clinical information systems.
  • Effectively uses clinical decision support tools.
  • Understands policies and procedures, confidentiality, security, and privacy regulations regarding the use of clinical information systems.
  • Ability to collect clinical data using quality improvement tools.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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