Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
The Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) functions across three domains of influence - patients, nursing, and systems - by exercising the roles of an expert clinician, leader, consultant, educator, and researcher.
The Oncology CNS is focused on improving clinical outcomes through high quality patient care, advancement of nursing knowledge, and consultative services. Possessing a high level of clinical judgment, advanced knowledge and skill (including humanistic and technical aspects of care) and innovation and creativity, the Oncology CNS manages the complexities of the health care delivery system (whether systematic or episodic in nature). The CNS provides consultation to influence the plan of care, enhance patient outcomes, and effect change in the system. The Oncology CNS actualizes the role through direct patient contact, consultation, utilization of evidence-based practice and research.
The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Works collaboratively primarily with the Nursing-Specialty & Hospital Based Service leadership, as well as interdisciplinary team members throughout the medical center.
Applies, directly, in depth knowledge in their specialty area, and indirectly, in the interventions with patients, families, and staff; thereby, enhancing the quality of care for a specific patient population.
Provides expertise in specialty area to address educational, clinical, and system needs and issues in order to promote quality patient care for the veteran cancer population across the continuum.
Provides clinical direction to nursing staff in the delivery of patient cancer care programs.
Ensures nursing staff maintains an established level of clinical oncology nursing competency.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (7:30am - 4pm); with flexibility to meet patient and program needs.
U.S. Citizenship: non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education: Clinical Nurse Specialist Master's degree program accredited by ACEN or CCNE AND
Certification: possess a full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed)
License: Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a graduate professional Registered Nurse with approval to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialistin a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
About VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is a teaching
hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with
state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.
VAPAHCS operates one of the largest integrated health care
systems in VA in terms of specialized programs, research and
graduate medical education. Comprehensive health care
is provided through primary, tertiary and long-term care in
areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and
rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and
Contact us to discuss your talents at V21PALNurseRecruiter@va.gov