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CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST - Psychiatric

Recruitment #21-004289-0001

GRADE

STD0020

LOCATION OF POSITION

Springfield Hospital Center
6655 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD  21784

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose for this position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist’s (Psychiatric) is responsible for the quality of nursing care, staff training and staff development in the provision of nursing car utilizing best practice. Key elements of CNS practice are to create environments through mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices to alleviate patient distress, facilitate ethical decision making and respond to diversity. As a clinical educator, the CNS promotes current nursing knowledge, techniques, improves health care delivery and practice standards in accordance with nursing and hospital philosophy, and the Nurse Practice Act Standards. The CNS reports to the Director of Nursing or designee. The clinical nurse specialist does not supervise but is responsible for the quality of nursing care, staff training and staff development. This process is achieved by the collaborative exchange of information with the Nursing Administrative Team, Registered Nurse Managers and Registered Nurse Supervisors and is provided across all nursing shifts. The foundation of a recovery oriented environment in respect and a commitment to safety in the least restrictive manner possible. Intermittently will serve as the nurse in charge, in count, to assure a therapeutic milieu.

Some job responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Observing application of policy to all nursing classifications roles/functions.
  • Continual assessment of training/educational needs.
  • Assistance with proper and complete documentation, and auditing of documentation.
  • Real time training/coaching/education. 
  • Ensuring correct application of policy/procedure and providing direction as needed.
  • Regular and timely written/verbal communication with the Nursing Administrative Team (NAT) to ensure training/education needs are addressed in a timely manner.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Master’s degree in Nursing or a health-related field from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of experience providing nursing care.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Nursing classifications or Nursing and Hospital Administration specialty codes in the Nursing field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should possess:
  • Nursing experience in a psychiatric hospital setting

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Nurse from the Maryland State Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

3. Employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and maintain current certification.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in and, therefore, may be required to provide the facility with a phone number at which they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.