Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiac

Location:Lafayette, IN
Benefits:Benefit Eligible
Facility:Franciscan St. Elizabeth - Lafayette
Description:The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) functions in the role of expert clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher.  In collaboration with the medical staff and nursing staff, the CNS monitors the clinical care of patients and provides clinical support to improve patient care and patient outcomes.  Incorporated within each of these role functions, the CNS is a leader, role model, patient advocate, and change agent.

Expert Clinician

  • Assists in the implementation of evidence based practice into nursing care plans and standards specific to evidence based management of critical care and/or cardiac patient.
  • Assists and provides direction to nursing staff with clinical decision making and priority setting.
  • Models excellence in nursing practice through the utilization of advanced concepts in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of perceived, actual or potential problems that occur in a variety of patient populations.
  • Functions as a facilitator and innovator for evidence based nursing care with direct involvement in implementing and evaluating new techniques and equipment for safety, cost-effectiveness, and benefits to nursing practice.
  • Evaluates quality of practice in relation to established professional and legal standards.


  • Serves as a resource to nursing staff, nursing students, and other health care personnel in the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to nursing knowledge.
  • Develops and implements educational information, materials, and programs for discharge planning and teaching of health care consumers.


  • Expands the scientific base of nursing practice by conducting and facilitating nursing research.
  • Disseminates research findings through presentations and publications.
  • Critically analyzes current nursing research methods and results for utilization in the expansion and improvement of patient care and patient outcomes.


  • Collaborates with clinical nurses and other members of the health care team to problem solve complex clinical situations for specialty needs of patients.
  • Collaborates with clinical nurses and other members of the health care team to problem solve complex clinical situations for special system needs.
  • Must have strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Must have knowledge of nursing care principles, procedures, and practices.
  • Experience in making sustained cultural changes is essential.

Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing required. Must hold current Indiana nursing licensure or be eligible for such licensure.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years experience in specialty (cardiac, ER)  services.  Experience with education and research with strong computer system skills preferred. 
  • Strongly prefer an Advanced Practice Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist or a Nurse Practitioner with focus in Cardiac or Critical Care Services.



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