CNS, Perioperative Services - Sample Job Description
The Clinical Nurse Specialist functions in the perioperative setting in an advanced practice role as a leader, clinical expert, researcher, educator, and consultant1.
- Advances practice of nursing by implementing innovative alternative solutions that address complex system problems and/or patient care issues.
- Serves as clinical expert in the delivery of perioperative patient care.
- Assists with the provision of surgical care in accordance with facility, state, and federal regulations.
- Integrates research into the perioperative clinical environment through the implementation of evidence-based practice.
- Develops, coordinates, implements and evaluates educational programs for perioperative patients and their families, staff, and the community.
- As part of a multi-disciplinary team, acts as a change agent to develop system performance standards to improve perioperative patient outcomes.
- Master’s degree with a Clinical Nurse Specialist focus from accredited school of nursing
- Current licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
- Eligible for certification in the state of hire; certification as CNS within 12 months of employment
- Current CNOR/CRNFA (if applicable) certification
- American Heart Association BCLS and ACLS Instructor; PALS instructor as required by facility
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Minimum of 5 years OR clinical perioperative experience. 2 years’ experience in the CNS role preferred.
- The National CNS Competency Task Force. (2010). Clinical Nurse Specialist Core Competencies. Harrisburg, PA: NACNS.