JOB POSTING #874218
Clinical Nurse Specialist – TPN Program
Toronto General Hospital
Executive Director Surgical Services
$86,775 to $108,478 per annum
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The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) having a specialty-based focus, functions in an expanded nursing role demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill to formulate clinical decisions, appropriately care for patients with acute/chronic illness, and promote wellness/self-management.
The principle responsibilities of the PN (Parenteral Nutrition) CNS position will
include: Effectively implements nursing process and patient-centered care approach during assessment, implementation, and evaluation of PN patient outcomes across the continuum: in hospital, upon discharge, at home and during follow-up. Works closely and effectively with the interprofessional team of medical, allied health and nursing staff regarding evidence-based nutrition support care and application of scientific knowledge to clinical practice related to proper administration of PN, care of vascular access and resolution of metabolic, mechanical and sepsis as complications of long-term home parenteral nutrition therapy. As part of an interprofessional team, the CNS helps manage home PN patient issues and trends in ambulatory setting or via telephone and telehealth. The CNS utilizes evidence-based practice guidelines from recognized leader organizations such as Infusion Nurses Society (INS), the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN).
The CNS works closely with the Interprofessoinal Team on the in-patient units to advance specialty knowledge in the complex medical and nursing issues and care of the PN patient.
The CNS plays a leadership and change agent role in the advancement of nursing practice and standards; supports the implementation of best practices in the care of patients requiring PN; performs quality improvement and
research activities; delivering, coordinating and participating in education in conjunction with the Advance Practice Nurse Educators and interprofessional team; and supports professional development activities.
The CNS supports the patient/family support group and participates in internal and external committees for the advancement of knowledge, knowledge transfer and specific skills in managing chronic patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction and nutrition risk. Performs activities to further develop and strengthen the profession; serves as a consultant to individuals and groups within the professional community and other hospital/agencies; performs other duties consistent with the job classification, as required.
Completion of a Masters Degree in Nursing or recognized equivalent
Completion of a Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) program
Five (5) years experience in an acute care center with experience in PN administration, vascular access care and managing complications, chronic disease management, patient/family education
Experience in nursing research and quality improvement methodology
Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution
Current certificate of registration and in good standing from the College of Nurses of Ontario
Membership in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and other organizations relevant to the role
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Excellent coaching and mentoring skills
Effective interpersonal and customer services skills
Excellent organization and time management skills
Excellent decision making, problem recognition and problem solving skills
Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Program planning and evaluation methodology skills
Commitment to collaborative practice
Ability to work effectively independently and as an inter-professional Team Member
Ability to utilize information technology
April 1, 2021
For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
University Health Network has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.