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Clinical Nurse Specialist, NS35 NICU

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Department: NS 35-NEONATAL ICU
Local Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist, NS35 NICU
Budget Title: Teaching Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Nursing, Clinical, Patient Care


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Clinical Nurse Specialist, NS35 NICU. Reporting directly to the Director of Nursing for Maternal Child Health, the successful candidate will:

  • Serve as a content and clinical expert in the neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Collaborate effectively as a team leader serving as a resource to the nursing staff, in order to optimize the delivery of patient care for this most fragile group of patients.
  • Provide patent care service by evaluating current nursing practices, and plan, manage and deliver continuing nursing education and training for all nursing staff to meet any and all best practice initiatives put forth by professional organizations and regulatory agencies.
  • Ensure the nurses who are hired and continue to work in NICU have the knowledge base, expertise, developed intuition, and critical care skills needed to assess the subtle changes in a baby's behavior that may be signs of impending problems. 
  • Provide specialized direct and indirect care to inpatients and outpatients within a designated specialty.
  • Assess the unique nursing needs of these patients, formulates nursing care plans and writes nursing orders under the direction of the attending physician or independently manages the nursing care and/or additional specific aspects of the clinic.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate standards of the specialty's nursing practice.
  • Guide subordinate nursing staff in assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of disability/illness, management, technology and resources for their own learning needs and their patients.
  • Anticipate, identify and address the needs of patients through observation, specialty assessment, patient rapport, staff and significant others to provide optimal health care for the patient.
  • Perform discharge planning.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Nursing Department, other health care professionals and services to ensure optimal care for patients.
  • Teach and instruct students and all medical staff; and is active in the formulation and implementation of the Outreach Program.
  • Participate in clinical research for their own learning needs and their patients.
  • Participate in specialty associations for the enhancement of continuing education.
  • Participate in clinical research projects including protocol review, patient record review, and compliance monitoring and meeting with regulatory authorities.
  • Function with defined lines of supervision to the Director of Nursing, the Department Chairman or designee, and the attending physician.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • As needed, may supervise subordinate nursing personnel assigned to the specialty.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Nursing.
  • New York State Registered Nurse Licensure.
  • 5+ years of experience in the specialty, to include some level of supervisory experience. 
  • Specialty certifications.

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours

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Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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