Clinical Nurse SpecialistMercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA
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Mercy Medical Center is a not for profit Catholic hospital serving the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin since 1879. Mercy – Dubuque has 263 beds while Mercy – Dyersville is a critical access hospital with 25 beds and a 40-bed nursing home.
Mercy offers a full range of acute care services, including invasive cardiology and open-heart surgery, Level II trauma center, Level II regional neonatal intensive care unit, general and orthopaedic surgery, psychiatric services and inpatient physical rehabilitation. Mercy also operates two hospital-based skilled nursing units, extensive outpatient rehabilitation services, home health care, retail pharmacy and a wide range of outpatient, community and business services. Mercy’s 1,300 full- and part-time employees and medical staff of 230 care for more than 56,000 inpatients and outpatients each year.
The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and achieved Magnet designation, the gold standard of patient care, in 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet hospital in 2009.
Mercy Medical Center is a member of Mercy Health Network in Iowa and is a Ministry Organization of Trinity Health based in Novi, Michigan.
Mercy is an organization that values and encourages diversity. To learn more about Mercy and its opportunities for employment, please see the postings listed on this site or visit our website at www.mercydubuque.com.
Under general supervision of the Director of Clinical and Professional Development, (in collaboration with nursing leadership) and consistent with the Scope and Standards for Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (2014), the Clinical Nurse Specialist functions in the acute care setting in the three spheres of influence (patient care, nurse/practice, organizational/system). The role works collaboratively with other Mercy team members to assure that care is evidence based and standardized across like-populations as appropriate. The CNS is a member of the Mercy Medical Center education team and is accountable for advancing and maintaining nurse competence, enhancing professional nursing practice, and supporting achievement of career goals, building on the educational and experiential bases of nurses across the novice to expert continuum for the ultimate objective of ensuring delivery of efficient, effective, safe, quality, and compassionate patient care. He/she cultivates an environment that promotes an appetite for lifelong learning by supporting the development of effective, quality, innovative, creative, and fun continuing education activities, implementing evidence-based practice innovations, and continually evaluate further learning needs and/or practice changes. He/she supports a shared leadership philosophy and advances the professional practice model for patient care services.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist must hold an active license to practice nursing in the state of Iowa and maintain continuing education units per state licensure requirements. A BSN is required. A master’s degree in nursing is required within four years of hire. Experience and leadership in clinical and professional practice development is preferred. Certification by a nationally recognized nursing organization an appropriate specialty area is recommended, as is membership in an appropriate professional nursing organization. Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter Training is required within 6 months of hire. Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) will be required within 30 days of hire and every 2 years thereafter.