Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) - NICU

Job ID
Employment Type
Full Time
Neonatal ICU
Hours / Pay Period
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Standard Hours
regular business hours 0800-1630
Work Schedule
8 Hour


Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Dignity Health member, is a nationally recognized not-for-profit hospital located in Carmichael, California, serving the areas of north Sacramento County and south Placer County. The 370-bed facility is one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive medical centers, caring for more than 150,000 people each year and contains the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the greater Sacramento region.





MSJMC Level 3 NICU is expanding! We are moving into a brand new 40-bed unit in the Fall of 2020. Our new unit will feature sixteen (16) private rooms and eight (8) 3-bed pods, all bed spaces include a sleep chair where a parent can stay 24/7.  In our current 26-bed department we use state-of-the-art Giraffe Omni beds, Babylog VN500 vents and HFOVs to care for infants with birth weights as low as 450 grams. The unit has the capability of providing whole body cooling for infants suffering from HIE, and we offer Nitric Oxide for care of PPHN in extremely sick newborns. 

We are excited about our expansion and invite you to check out our team!


Position Summary:


The incumbent Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is the clinical leader for a program or area of clinical practice within Dignity Health, Mercy San Juan Medical Center. The advanced knowledge and skills required for this role include clinical expertise in the neonatal focus area, evidence-based practice, collaboration, consultation, education, mentoring, and change leadership. These are essential to advance the practice of nursing and the professional development of nurses. The CNS and the department manager are partners in leading clinical practice. The CNS coordinates and guides clinical activities/projects of nurses.


The CNS is expected to role model the following role-based competencies: critical thinking, nursing judgment, communication and teamwork. The incumbent is also accountable for providing high quality care in a cost effective manner, which is consistent with the Mission and Philosophy of the Sisters of Mercy.












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  • Master's degree in Nursing required
  • Current California Registered Nurse (RN) license required
  • Current California Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification, with a specialty in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), required
  • Five (5) years of clinical experience as an RN in NICU (Level III) required
  • Requires:
    • Demonstrated entry level skills of an advanced practice nurse in leadership, communication, collaboration, mentoring, and change leadership
    • Demonstrated entry level ability as an advanced practice nurse to utilize evidence to develop, teach, guide, and implement practice standards, safety initiatives and policies
    • Current nursing techniques, principles and practices neonatal intensive care nursing, regulatory/accreditation agency standards, CCS, current evidence based best practices
    • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Staff development and needs assessment techniques
    • Interpersonal relationship skills
    • Current trends and issues in nursing
    • Stress control techniques
    • Problem solving skills
    • Organizational and prioritization skills
    • CQI and QA methodologies
    • Computer skills
  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) required
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current RNC certification preferred
  • Two (2) years of experience as a NICU CNS preferred


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