Clinical Nurse Specialist in the ICU

Subspecialty: Intensive Care Unit

Posted: 9/3/2020

Company: Uconn Health - Why UConn Health
UConn Health is a vibrant, integrated academic medical center that is entering an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its mission: academics, research, and clinical care. A commitment to human health and well-being has been of utmost importance to UConn Health since the founding of the University of Connecticut schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine in 1961. Based on a strong foundation of groundbreaking research, first-rate education, and quality clinical care, we have expanded our medical missions over the decades. In just over 50 years, UConn Health has evolved to encompass more research endeavors, to provide more ways to access our superior care, and to innovate both practical medicine and our methods of educating the practitioners of tomorrow.

Location: Farmington, CT

Description: Clinical Nurse Specialist in the ICU
UConn Health is looking for a highly skilled Clinical Nurse Specialist in the ICU for our Organization and Staff Development Department. This highly desirable day shift position is located at the John Dempsey Hospital, in Farmington, CT.

SCHEDULE: 40 hours/week, Monday Friday, with hours predominantly 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Considerable knowledge of current clinical literature, research in practice and therapeutic nursing interventions
Considerable knowledge of the principles/theories of adult learning
Knowledge of unit based orientation plans
Skill in the process of educational needs assessment
Skill in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating of educational programs to meet the needs of the nursing department
Considerable interpersonal skills
Considerable oral and written communication skills
Ability to provide therapeutic interactions with patients/clients
Ability to evaluate patient care plans
Ability to incorporate research findings into standards of care
Teaching ability

Serves as a clinical consultant and resource person to Nursing Managers, other clinical nurse specialists, physicians, preceptors, nursing staff from other departments, students, outside agencies and affiliated institutions to positively impact standards of care, nursing care delivery and patient outcomes
Serves as a consultant and educator in areas of clinical specialty, orientation of new staff and career advancement development
Acts as liaison by establishing effective collegial relationships
Initiates, facilitates and participates in research activities having implications for the understanding/improvement of clinical activities and nursing practice
Demonstrates an understanding of the group process
Uses learning methods in working with individuals and groups to impact standards of care and nursing delivery
Assists in coordinating and implementing educational/orientation/quality/performance improvement programs
Facilitates the education process of staff and students
Provides in-services and continuing education
Participates in and guides the development and revision of institutional policies, protocols, procedures and standards of care based on evidence based practice
Participates in departmental and shared governance committees/boards as appropriate
Assists in preparation for regulatory site visits including The Joint Commission (TJC), Department of Public Health, etc.
Performs related duties as required

Position type: Full-time

Incumbents must possess and maintain during employment an RN license to practice nursing in the State of Connecticut
Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Nursing or Education and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in an acute care environment with at least one (1) year in education

Must possess and maintain during employment Certification in Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) granted by AACN Certification Corporation as required for the subspecialty for the unit. If not certified at the time of hire, is required to become certified within one (1) year of employment
Incumbents must possess and maintain RN licensure by the State of Connecticut during employment
Must possess and maintain during employment a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: Three (3) or more years of recent critical care experience


UConn Health is an affirmative action employer, in addition to an EEO and M/F/V/PWD/PV employer.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

Job reference: 2020-601

Benefits: Benefits of this position include:
Competitive pay structures
Desirable day shift
Industry leading, affordable access to medical, dental, vision, life and retirement benefits
Tuition waivers and reimbursements for self and dependents
Easy access to I-84, Rte 9 and surrounding Greater Hartford communities
Organizational culture focused on diversity and inclusion, innovation and patient experience
State of the art, award winning campus environment with ideal parking

How to Apply:

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