Clinical Nurse Specialist

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance every patient, every life matters. Our dedicated nurses are a driving force making SCCA a global leader in the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Our nurses rank among leading experts in oncology. Our nurses provide exceptional patient and family-centered care as they coordinate and assist in individualized treatment. They integrate care with support for the research and development of innovative therapies. Embarking with each patient on a journey through cancer treatment and survival, our compassionate nurses walk hand-in-hand with courage and hope with each individual to ensure the best possible patient outcome.

"Like our world-renowned physicians and researchers, SCCA's nurses set a world-class standard in their field, and a very high bar across an incredibly diverse range of professional skills. Our nurses bring a unique kind of compassion to their work, rooted in a profound understanding of the very human challenge our patients and their families are going through.

They provide a depth of knowledge and insight that ensure our patients are well educated about the prevention and care of cancer, and empowered to make the best decisions before, during, and well after recovery from cancer. They strive for nursing excellence because they demand that level of performance from themselves, each other, and the rest of us. SCCA has always known that nurses are the backbone of our patient care, and, because of that, we have had a historic commitment to nurses practicing at the top of their license. That commitment is even stronger today."

- Angelique Richard, R.N., Ph.D., Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Clinical Operations

- Our nurses are vital to the journey of cancer care. We invite you to explore our career opportunities and apply online for more information.
- The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) facilitates the advancement of professional nursing practice within the SCCA.
- The essence of CNS practice is clinical expertise within a subspecialty of oncology nursing. The CNS scope of practice includes developing nursing practice standards to - provide evidence-based, outcome-guided nursing care, providing clinical expertise in integrating quality patient care across the SCCA practice sites, and creating - environments through mentoring and system change that empower nurses to experience professional growth and development. CNS spheres of influence are: the patient - and family sphere, the nurse and nursing practice sphere, and the organization and system sphere. The CNS is skilled in the ability to influence those within these diverse - spheres through clinical expertise, leadership skills, ethical conduct and practice, and citizenship within the specialty organization and nursing profession. The CNS advances - oncology nursing practice within these spheres as an expert clinician, interdisciplinary consultant, educator, researcher, and nursing leader.

Interdisciplinary Consultant

Patient and Family Sphere:
1. Meets with patients and families requesting an advance practice nursing consult and ensures provision for their physical and psychosocial needs through collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team.

Nurse and Nursing Sphere:
1. Serves as consultant and change agent in advancing nursing practice to achieve quality patient care and cost-effective, evidence-based outcomes.
2. Responds to consult requests from nursing staff in a timely manner and offers recommendations in a respectful way that enhances the abilities of the nursing staff.

Organization and System Sphere:
1. Interprets nursing care resource requirements at the organization and system levels and provides direction to the decision-makers to assure adequate support for the delivery of nursing care.

2. Serves as a clinical nursing consult to non-SCCA patient care areas that provide care for SCCA patients and meets their learning needs.

Patient and Family Sphere:
1. Participates in the development of patient and family outreach and educational projects and activities within the SCCA and/or in the development of community educational events for cancer prevention/early detection and education about cancer diagnoses and treatment in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.

Nurse and Nursing Sphere:
1. Develops, implements, and evaluates educational programs for nurses in collaboration with the nurse educators to advance the practice of nursing within the SCCA.

2. Contributes to an environment that stimulates self-learning and accountability for meeting one's own learning needs.

3. Develops orientation plans for new graduate and newly hired nurses within the patient care areas and participates in the orientation plan as a teacher, resource, and mentor to preceptors.

4. Collaborates with nurse managers and nurse educators to ensure on-going staff specialty training (i.e. telemetry or chemotherapy administration) and annual competencies required by the SCCA, UWMC, or outside regulatory bodies.

5. Utilizes current scientific knowledge, nursing theories, and principles of adult learning in the development and execution of classes and programs.

6. Prepares and executes lectures for nursing staff of the SCCA and affiliated practice settings, students at local schools of nursing, nurses at local and regional continuing education conferences, and nurses at national conferences.

Patient and Family Sphere:
1. Ensures that institutional safeguards are intact across the practice settings to protect the rights of the research participants and serves as a resource to patients and families with questions about research participation.

Nurse and Nursing Sphere:
1. Promotes oncology staff nurses' interest in basic and clinical research relevant to oncology nursing practice.

2. Assists researchers to develop protocol implementation guidelines that will ensure study feasibility in the patient care settings.

3. Identifies clinical phenomena that need to be further examined and collaborates with academic and clinical partners to generate new nursing knowledge.

4. Assists nursing staff in utilizing research to examine current practice and translate new knowledge into innovative practice.

Organization and System Sphere:
1. Interprets nursing research findings and the impact the findings have on patient care requirements and the delivery of nursing services to the administrative team.
Nursing Leader

Nurse and Nursing Sphere:
1. Serves as a leader of nursing and multi-disciplinary committees and facilitates meetings in an efficient manner that encourages participation, work completion, and respect for committee members.

2. Contributes to the job satisfaction and retention of staff nurses by mentoring, coaching, and encouraging professional growth and development.

3. Encourages staff nurses' involvement in the local and national nursing specialty organizations and serves as a resource for nurses wishing to obtain nursing specialty certification.

4. Contributes to professional activities within the SCCA and UWMC, nursing specialty organization, and the nursing profession.

5. Serves as a preceptor and mentor for undergraduate and graduate nursing students in advanced oncology nursing practice.

6. Shares knowledge through presentations at professional meetings and publications within nursing journals and newsletters that contribute to oncology nursing and advanced oncology nursing practice.

Organization and System Sphere:
1. Serves as a liaison to the organization and system as a nursing leader well-versed in oncology nursing, advanced oncology practice, and nursing leadership.

2. Serves as an ambassador of SCCA nursing leadership within the SCCA, partner institutions, local community, and the nursing profession at large.

- Current Washington State Registered Nurse license
- Master's degree in nursing
- Minimum of three years experience in Oncology nursing
- Oncology Certification (OCNÒ) or Advanced Oncology Certification (AOCNÒ) Preferred

If interested, please apply online at

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