The Clinical Practice Specialist (CPS) utilizes nursing arts and sciences, child development, education, psycho-social and cultural theories to facilitate the delivery of comprehensive nursing care to patients and families. The CPS works independently and as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide quality patient management, education and continuity of care. Major responsibilities and functional areas include, but are not limited to, demonstrated leadership in the following: clinical practice, consultation, education, evidence base practice, research and quality improvement with a focus on optimal patient outcomes and dissemination of information.
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.
Clinical Practice/Consultation/Collaboration: Facilitates positive patient outcomes through focused leadership that advances quality patient care and system processes while advocating for the empowerment of patients and families as members of the healthcare team. Leads the coordination of care across the continuum for complex patients and promotes communication among disciplines and units to promote best practice and quality outcomes for these patients and families. Serves as clinical expert and resource to patients, families and staff within area of expertise, and for other departments and services within hospital. Facilitates clinical decision making and mentors staff in the identification and utilization of best practices. Develops evidence based, interdisciplinary policies, procedures and clinical care guidelines that promote improved patient outcomes. Collaborates with families when concerns or needs arise. Helps obtain internal resources and referrals for families. Facilitates inter-departmental communication through role as liaison on house-wide committees and in collaboration with colleagues on other units.
Education: Demonstrates skillful guidance and teaching to advance the care of patients, families, populations of patients, and the profession of nursing. Facilitates critical reasoning skills in staff through role modeling, teaching, coaching, and/or mentoring related to population specific questions. Collaborates with patient/family and interdisciplinary teams to develop, implement, and evaluate patient/family educational programs based on identified needs. Assists with education and/or in servicing related to new policies, procedures and/or equipment in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams. Contributes to and advances the knowledge base of the healthcare community through presentations, publications and leadership in professional organizations.
Patient Safety: The CPS responsible for Patient Safety will facilitate process and systems improvements that support the reduction of actual or near miss events through discrete independent and collaborative decision-making, problem solving and leadership skills. Supports department/unit to meet internal and external defined quality and safety standards. Facilitates apparent cause analysis reviews within department/unit of responsibility: Investigates, analyzes, tracks and trends data of variance reports for each area of responsibility. Maintains a database of identified issues as well as plan(s) for correction. Recommends and facilitates change within the organization to improve patient safety, based on identified risks. Acts as both a clinical/technical and cultural change agent. Takes responsibility for communication of patient safety related information: communicates issues and action items to the centralized quality/patient safety/risk management teams and department/unit of responsibility. Brings trends, environmental issues, and care concerns to the appropriate forums. Acts as a resource to staff, department, and safety coaches related to patient safety issues. Facilitates and provides team training and educational sessions. Successfully integrates patient safety principles into current and future practice. Collaborates with staff to identify adverse events and near-miss occurrences. Oversees, participates and/or collaborates in initiatives related to creating a non-punitive environment/blame resistant culture for medical error reporting. Develops, supports, and maintains a recognition program aimed at improving the culture of patient safety. Maintains current knowledge of quality improvement standards; regulatory standards; patient safety standards; error prevention tools, methodologies, technologies and resources. Responsible for knowing and demonstrating knowledge of current National Patient Safety Standards and disseminating pertinent patient safety information.
Quality Improvement/ Research/Evidence Based Practice: Participates in and mentors others in the development, implementation and evaluation of departmental, divisional and organizational goals by leading the quality improvement/research process to improve patient outcomes. Provides leadership in the development, implementation and participation in program, organizational, or population specific quality improvement initiatives to promote positive patient outcomes. Fosters an interdisciplinary approach to population specific and other identified research and/or evidence-based practice. Mentors others through the quality improvement/research/EBP processes including identification of issues, internal and external submissions and review processes, preparation of formal presentations and publications. Promotes the utilization of evidence to drive practice changes. Identifies and resolves patient safety issues identified through variance reporting or other methods. Participates in the product evaluation process for both existing and proposed equipment and supplies within specialty.
Systems Leadership: Manages change and empower others to influence clinical practice and political processes both within and across systems. Drives nursing practice and system interventions that will promote patient, family and community safety. Leads or participates on interdisciplinary teams to develop population-specific programs focused on improving patient care and quality patient outcomes. Demonstrates leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build partnerships within and across systems, including communities. Performs system level assessments to identify variables that influence nursing practice and outcomes.
Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification
EDUCATION – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Bachelor’s or higher degree with an education focus is also required for CPS roles with an education focus.
EXPERIENCE – Five years of clinical and pediatric experience.
EQUIVALENCY – A Master’s or higher degree in a related field and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) may substitute for MSN requirement. A Master’s Education Certificate may substitute for the required education focused degree.
CERTIFICATION(S) – BLS/CPR from the American Heart Association with at least 6 months left before expiration is required upon hire; American Nurses Credentialing Center(ANCC) or Magnet approved certification.
LICENSURE – Registered Nurse (RN).
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 60233
About Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well being of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation's outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Colorado is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, Children's Colorado Network of Care includes its main campus, 16 Children's Care Centers and more than 400 outreach clinics.
A career at Children's Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child.
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