APP - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Transplant
Job ID: R0038012 | Advance Practice Provider | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
Provides patient care services as part of a healthcare team. Responsible for assessment and intervention to prevent, remediate, or alleviate illness and promote health with a defined specialty population. Consults with other members of the interprofessional team when appropriate. Translates advanced clinical expertise, expert knowledge, complex decision-making skills, and clinical competencies to impact the care of patients, families, and populations. Transforms systems to mobilize and integrate nursing science, achieving quality and cost-effective outcomes.

Expert Caring/Clinical Practice:
  • Evaluates and provides care, treatment, and consultation for patients with unique or complex health concerns within specialty scope of practice, utilizing advanced assessment skills.
  • Develops treatment plans and provides education/coaching to patients and families with complex needs.
  • Performs designated procedures after demonstrated competency, according to written standardized procedures where applicable.
  • Prescribes and recommends pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions within the APP CNS's scope of practice and consistent with the APP CNS's skill, training, competence, professional judgment, and policies of UVA Health.
  • Uses advanced communication skills to facilitate collaboration among patient, family, and clinicians to address complex care needs and promote ethical decision-making.
  • In collaboration with patients/families and interprofessional team, leads and facilitates coordinated care for individuals and populations to improve and promote healthcare outcomes.
  • Acts as a clinical resource, utilizing both formal and informal opportunities for the education and coaching of nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

Empowered Leaders:
  • Cultivates a practice environment in which mutual respect, communication, and collaboration contribute to safe, quality outcomes.
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities in the development, mentorship, and empowerment of others within the healthcare community.
  • Promotes the professional practice of the Advanced Practice group through responsible interfaces with the public and healthcare community.

Quality Achievement:
  • Participates in, supports, and leads quality improvement initiatives to advance patient care delivery and improve outcomes through best practice implementation.
  • Evaluates the implications of access, quality, safety, and cost on the delivery of healthcare.
  • Collects and analyzes patient data to document the impact of nursing practice on outcomes, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

  • Pursues opportunities for active engagement in research, research implementation, and analysis of evidence-based practice.
  • Mentors nurses and nursing staff to analyze research findings that affect nursing practice and patient outcomes.
  • Disseminates specialty knowledge through outreach to the public and the Advanced Practice community at local, state, and/or national forums.

Lifelong Learning:
  • Adheres to Virginia Board of Nursing and/or Medicine, national certifying organizations, and institutional continuing education requirements necessary to maintain professional licensure, DEA registration (as applicable), and Advanced Practice certification and practice agreements (as applicable).
  • Advocates for equitable healthcare by active participation in professional organizations and public policy initiatives.
  • Actively pursues own professional growth and development via opportunities at local, regional, and national level.

Success Factors:
  • Ability to manage administrative and leadership tasks while also providing excellent patient care.
  • Ability to work and maintain confidentiality of patient, patient account, and personnel information.
  • Willingness to embrace and lead change when change is necessary, and ability to effectively communicate and work with staff and management.
  • Ability to work as a team player.

Customer Service and Community Engagement:
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional patient care and service skills.

In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned

Position Compensation Range: $87,755.20 - $140,400.00 Annually

This Advanced Practice Provider-Clinical Nurse Specialist (APP-CNS) is a vital member of the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center's Leadership Council, supporting adult and pediatric solid organ transplant clinical practice across the entire care continuum, as well as quality, safety, and regulatory compliance initiatives. Provides specialty nursing consultation and is accountable for collaborating with teams to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based care practices for the only comprehensive transplant center in Virginia. The interprofessional transplant team is composed of experienced registered nurses, transplant coordinators, social workers, physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, neuropsychologists, pharmacy specialists, and medical and surgical specialists. This APP-CNS collaborates with a talented team of APP-CNSs to meet the team CNS Mission and Vision: To improve the health of patients by providing advanced nursing specialty consultation; working with interprofessional teams to optimize evidence-based care, patient safety, and efficiency in healthcare delivery; and applying advanced systems thinking to impact care and enhance the health of specialty populations served. Candidates with Adult Acute/Geriatric or Critical Care CNS specialty certification considered. 2+ years of adult transplant CNS experience preferred. Final determination of hire contingent upon successful credentialing/privileging and acquisition of prescriptive license.

  • Education: Master's degree as an Advanced Practice Provider (Clinical Nurse Specialist).
  • Experience: 2+ years of adult transplant CNS experience preferred.
  • Licensure: License or license eligibility as an Advance Practice Provider (Clinical Nurse Specialist) as set forth by the state of Virginia. Must demonstrate and maintain all applicable credentialing and licensing requirements of the UVA Medical Center, Virginia Board of Nursing, and appropriate certifying bodies. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) required. Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS/NRP), as required specific to position. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), as required specific to position.

Job requires standing for prolonged periods and frequently traveling/bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory, and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull 20-50 lbs. May be exposed to chemicals, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease. Position requires physical capabilities that may include lifting, prolonged standing, and walking. Some travel may be required as related to specific responsibilities.

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