Clinical Nurse Leader
Job ID: R0043434 | Registered Nurse Professionals | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
UVA Health currently has clinical nurse leader opportunities in the following areas:
  • Oncology
  • Acute Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health

Nurses at UVA Health conduct evidence-based practice within a structure that allows point-of-care clinicians to drive questions and solutions with support from the larger structure of science, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice. As a member of the Unit-Based Leadership (UBL) team, the clinical nurse leader (CNL) is responsible for supporting nursing professional practice through professional development, evidence-based practice, and unit-based quality improvement for one or more microsystems. The CNL trains, coaches, and supports nurses and members of the interdisciplinary team to elevate professional practice in a manner consistent with organizational (UVA Health) standards, workflows, processes, and strategic outcomes. Practice is aligned with AACN CNL competencies with the following focus areas:
  • Professional Development: The CNL continually develops, implements, and evaluates clinical processes and programs that engage nurses in lifelong learning to maintain competencies and learn new skills.
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): The CNL provides ongoing assessment, evaluation, and prioritization of unit-based triggers that would benefit from an evidence-based approach to problem solving and practice change. They use the UVA Health EBP process to identify, evaluate, and implement evidence-based solutions in collaboration with the UBL, unit nurses, and other stakeholders.
  • Unit-based Quality improvement (QI): The CNL works collaboratively with the UBL to proactively and reactively address quality and safety concerns on the unit.

Professional Development for Microsystem-Based Nursing and Nursing Support Staff:
  • Welcomes newly hired staff prior to their start date.
  • Develops individual-level orientation plan for new hires, developing designated checkpoints and outcomes desired at each checkpoint.
  • Oversees transition of staff from general orientation to unit-based orientation.
  • Continually monitors new hires to evaluate progress toward competency goals, sharing this information with UBLs, and collaborating with UBL on progress.
  • Evaluates competency on new hires and clinical staff members.
  • Acts as a competency validator; collaborates with staff and other CNLs to evaluate nursing competency across UVA Health.
  • Coaches and mentors nurses in ongoing clinical learning, continuing education, and national certifications.
  • Contributes to development of competencies with Central Nursing Professional Development.
  • Teaches in general orientation in area of practice expertise, as appropriate to UVA Health needs.

EBP at Microsystem and Organizational Levels:
  • Maintains knowledge of high-priority microsystem strategic outcomes, desired benchmarks, practice patterns, and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Coaches and mentors microsystem and organizational shared governance team members in all phases of the EBP process.
  • Directs Clinician 1s to NRP projects that reflect unit strategic goals.
  • Mentors Clinician 1s in EBP projects.
  • Leads or coaches others in leading a regular nursing research journal club.
  • Ensures that clinical improvements are correctly categorized (typically as EBP, QI, or Research) and that processes for each are followed in accordance with standards and policies of UVA Health.

  • Knowledgeable of quality improvement methods.
  • Provides direction to UBL regarding delineation of quality improvement, performance improvement, evidence-based practice, and research.
  • Assists UBL with identification of root causes and implementation of evidence-based and education-related solutions.
  • Assists performance improvement efforts in collaboration with performance improvement coaches and UBL when evidence-based practices and resources are appropriate.

  • In collaboration with UBL, responsible for delivery of high-quality, safe patient care.
  • Regular participant in UVA Nursing Professional Governance at the microsystem and organizational level.
  • Seeks regular feedback from nurses, UBL, and other clinical collaborators.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Compensation Range: $86,049.60 - $137,675.20 Annually

  • Education: Master's or doctoral degree in nursing or BSN with demonstrated competency in leading successful EBP projects, obtaining master's degree within 3 years of hire. Should be enrolled in a master's program at time of hire.
  • Experience: 2 years of experience as a registered nurse working in a relevant practice area.
  • Licensure: Virginia nursing license, CNL certification, or other relevant nursing certification.

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.

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