Job Details: Clinical Nurse Specialist – Geriatrics, Decision Support 195-22

Job Details
Open Date Jun 22 2022 - 09:38:00 AM Close Date Jul 06 2022 - 11:59:00 PM
Position Title Clinical Nurse Specialist – Geriatrics, Decision Support 195-22 Posting Type Administration
Posting Status Active Position Length Full Time Temporary
Department Group Decision Support Hours per Week
Department Decision Support Openings 1
Education Master's Degree    
Union Position No


Clinical Nurse Specialist – Geriatrics

Requisition #195-22

Job Type: Full time temporary (Approx. 12 months)

Vacancies: 1

Department: Decision Support

Employee Group:  Non Union

Job Description  

Sinai Health is a leading academic health science centre with a provincial, national and international reputation for discovering and delivering life-changing care. Since 2015, we have provided excellent and compassionate care in hospital, community and home. Comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital, the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and our system partner Circle of Care, we translate scientific breakthroughs, push boundaries for health solutions, and educates future clinical and scientific leaders.

Sinai Health is fully committed to a culture of belonging and an inclusive environment that attracts and retains a diverse workforce, at all levels of the organization, that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and those from diverse backgrounds and experiences. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know through the Accommodation Phone Line at 416-586-4800, ext. 7050, or email .

To support us on our journey, Bridgepoint is looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to support our Nursing Education department. 

Job Outline:

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role utilizes a graduate educational preparation, in-depth nursing knowledge and expertise in meeting the health needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.  It involves:

  • Analyzing and synthesizing knowledge;
  • Understanding, interpreting and applying nursing theory and research
  • Developing and advancing nursing knowledge and the profession as a whole providing leadership and promoting excellence in patient focused clinical care in collaboration with the patient, family and interprofessional team.  (CNA, 2008)

As a member of the interprofessional team, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Geriatrics will function as a specialized hospital wide clinical resource, who provides expert clinical consultation (assessment, collaboration, education, interventions), and care planning for complex elderly patients. ,. The CNS will provide leadership, mentorship, education and support to the nursing, medical and health discipline staff. As part of the nursing practice and leadership team, the CNS will provide leadership in evidence based practice for our clinical teams, and the development of standards and quality initiatives enhancing safe high quality patient and caregiver centred care. The role will also support program development and professional practice.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive assessments to identify geriatric symptoms, underlying health conditions, physical, functional, emotional and cognitive status, home environment issues and home supports needed for the at-risk elderly admitted to Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital.
  • Make recommendations for care of frail seniors and assist in their implementation within the inpatient setting.
  • Assist in the development of linkages with community services (e.g. primary care providers, long-term care settings, ambulatory and community-based specialized geriatrics services).
  • Educate patients/caregivers/staff both formally and informally regarding the particular needs of the elderly and the specialized care they require during hospital admissions and transitions to the community.
  • Develop innovative solutions, when required, to support patients’ transition to the community
  • Participate in strategic planning and in development of elder-friendly inpatient care at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital.
  • Identify, participate and/or lead quality and risk reviews and initiatives.
  • Apply theories and principles of safety, project and change management.
  • Develop and maintain standards of nursing practice and management of patient care through creation of an environment conducive to growth and development of staff.
  • Champion and participate in research.
  • Participate in unit based and system wide quality improvement initiatives.
  • Generate and incorporate new nursing knowledge to develop standards of care, practice guidelines, care pathways/protocols, programs and policies.
  • Participate in recruitment and retention activities.
  • Perform other duties related to the position as required.

Education & Qualifications:

  • Current certificate of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in good standing
  • Successful completion of a master’s degree in nursing or related field from an accredited academic institution
  • Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Gerontology Certification (relevant clinical experiences and/or other certifications may be considered)
  • Minimum 3-5 years recent clinical experience in geriatrics (e.g. falls, delirium, incontinence) - Clinical Nurse Specialist or Advance Practice Nurse experience preferred
  • Member of RNAO preferred
  • Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution preferred
  • Experience in developing, monitoring, and evaluating care plans created in collaboration with the interprofessional  team
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles, curriculum development, and teaching learning strategies
  • Demonstrated experience with knowledge transfer
  • Experience in developing clinical tools such as policies/procedures, clinical protocols, pre-printed order sets
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and sustain change
  • Program planning and evaluation methodology skills
  • Knowledge of statistics and ability to analyse and synthesize fiscal and patient care data
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent decision making, problem recognition, problem solving skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Commitment to collaborative and interprofessional practice
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Knowledge of Meditech or computerized documentation skills
  • Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history