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Clinical Nurse Specialist ICH - Stroke and GIM

Competition #:825156

Job Title:Clinical Nurse Specialist ICH - Stroke and GIM

Job Category:Nursing

New Work Type:Full-Time Permanent

Positions Available:1

Union Affiliation:NU

Posted Date:12/06/18

Closing date:24/06/18

FTE Assignment (Cas=0.000001):1.0

The Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stroke/Medicine will work closely with staff and physicians in the emergency department, neurology, neuroradiology and medicine as well as internal and external partners to support best practice. Development and implementation of standard operating procedures, policies and national guidelines will be the foundation for quality improvements. Support of nursing research, participation in department research and care planning for complex patients will also be expected in this role.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The CNS works within 4 domains of practice.

Clinical Domain:

  • Serves as an expert nursing clinical resource in the field of stroke and care for those admitted with complex medical conditions.
  • Supports care of stroke patients from ED through to 14CC
  • Collaborates with the interprofessional teams in the development and implementation of quality initiatives, innovations and research
  • Collaborates with the interprofessional team in the development of comprehensive pathways for patients
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners for the transition and coordination of patient care, including arrival, transfer and repatriation planning

Knowledge Translation

  • Promotes best practices for patient care through development, implementation and evaluation of standard operating procedures and policies recognizing provincial and national care standards
  • Critically appraises patient care related research and applies it to practice, quality and patient safety initiatives
  • Builds nursing capacity by supporting implementation and evaluation of evidence based practice at the point of care
  • Mentors nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) and staff, e.g., professional development and quality improvement initiatives
  • Leads and collaborates in the development of education programs based on current evidence for patients/families, nurses and interprofessional team members, and evaluates system interventions to decrease risks and patient complications


  • Identifies changing trends in population health and collaborates with the team and regional partners to adapt practice to changing needs
  • Leads nursing research activities and quality improvement initiatives, incorporating patient satisfaction data
  • Supports other research activities related to patients experiencing stroke or complex medical conditions
  • Provides nursing perspective to the planning and development of scholarly and research initiatives.
  • Mentors nurses in the development of abstracts, presentations and publications
  • Identifies opportunities to engage with research teams as co-investigators
  • Participates in presentations/publications of research and quality improvement initiatives
  • Eligible for cross appointments with affiliated/approved institutions to build coalitions, share resources, knowledge and expertise


  • Facilitates and leads team-based activities
  • Leads and actively promotes exemplary care for patients accessing regional stroke care and ensure pathways support timely patient care and disposition to the most appropriate team
  • Leads and participates in developing corporate and unit/program policies, guidelines and other practice documents
  • Leads and participates in unit and hospital wide committees and working groups to develop, implement and sustain best patient care practices
  • Facilitates identification of opportunities for collaboration with academic and health care partners


  • Must have current general class (Practicing) Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario 
  • Master’s of Nursing required
  • Five years experience and education in stroke and acute medicine
  • Experience leading nursing research
  • Demonstrated leadership in committee work, education, quality improvement and knowledge translation initiatives
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and writing
  • Must have an excellent attendance record