University Health Network Clinical Nurse Specialist - Arthritis Program TWH in Toronto, Ontario

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Arthritis Program TWH - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting # 794314

Position: Clinical Nurse Specialist REPOST

Site: Toronto Western Hospital

Department: Arthritis Program

Reports to: Manager

Hours: 37.50 Hours/Week; Days, with some Evenings

Status: Permanent Full-time

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At University Health Network, which consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals, nothing is more important to us than our team of dedicated employees. UHN focuses on creating and maintaining a workplace of choice, where our people are recognized and valued. We focus on creating a workplace where people enjoy the challenge of their career, create and engage in best practices and are treated with respect.

Located at the heart of downtown Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital has provided community care and specialized services for more than 100 years. Our hospital provides world-class care in Neuroscience, Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis and Community and Population Health programs. Complementing these programs are outstanding facilities, including the Arthritis Program. Arthritis and related disorders include various rheumatic diseases causing joint and musculoskeletal pain. There is a wide range of disorders and symptoms encompassed by this grouping, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, polymyositis, vasculitis, scleroderma, gout, fibromyalgia, back pain and regional pain disorders.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) having a specialty-based focus, functions in an expanded nursing role demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill to formulate clinical decisions and appropriately care for patients with acute/chronic illness and promote wellness. The principal responsibilities of the CNS include the direct and indirect nursing care to patients, the coordination of patient care across the continuum and continuity in patient care management; identification of high risk patient for facilitation of appropriate interdisciplinary follow-up including providing support and education to patients to promote self-management of chronic illness. Collaborates with the interprofessional team to advance specialty knowledge in the complex medical issues and care of the lupus patients. Plays a leadership and change agent role in the advancement of nursing practice and standards; supports the implementation of best practices in the care of patients in Lupus clinic; performs quality improvement and administrative responsibilities; performs research activities; delivering, coordinating and participating in education. Performs activities to further develop and strengthen the profession; serves as a consultant to individuals and groups within the professional community and other hospital/agencies; performs other duties consistent with the job classification, as required.


  • Completion of a Masters degree in Nursing or recognized equivalent

  • Five (5) years experience in an acute care center with clinical General Internal Medicine nursing including 2 years’ experience working in an advanced clinical practice role

  • Experience in Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management Preferred

  • Experience in nursing research methodology Preferred

  • Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution

  • Current certificate of registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent coaching and mentoring skills

  • Effective interpersonal and customer services skills

  • Excellent organization and time management skills

  • Excellent decision making, problem recognition and problem solving skills

  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills

  • Program planning and evaluation methodology skills

  • Commitment to collaborative practice

  • Ability to work effectively independently and under stressful conditions

  • Ability to utilize information technology

Application Closing Date: Until Filled

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

University Health Network has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

If you are interested in making a contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.