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

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 Krembil Neuroscience Centre.

Our Arthritis program takes a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients and families. We provide a complete spectrum of care, from disease prevention to the treatment of complex disorders. Our Program is a provincial and national leader in arthritis (Canada's largest comprehensive program), rheumatology (Canada's largest division, internationally renowned for excellence in clinical care, clinical investigation and basic research), hip/knee replacement (regional leader in complex joint reconstruction and minimally invasive surgery techniques) and hand (province-wide leader in upper extremity replant procedures).

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 position in the Arthritis Program will include: coaching, mentoring and supporting staff in the continued development of advanced clinical skills, critical decision making and patient centered care. Works closely with the Health Care Team in the Program to advance specialty knowledge in the complex medical issues and care of the older adult population. 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; performs quality improvement and administrative responsibilities; performs research activities; delivering, coordinating and participating in education in conjunction with the Advanced Practice Nurse Educators; performs professional development activities/programs, including input into PES processes. Opportunities in the future to develop a specialty population focus within the Arthritis Program. 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

  • Three to five years nursing experience in an acute treatment center; in a busy Clinic setting preferred

  • Nursing experience with Rheumatology patients is preferred

  • Chronic care disease management experience preferred

  • Experience in nursing research methodology

  • Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution

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

  • Membership in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and other organizations relevant to the role

  • 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

Job Posted: November 24, 2016 Application Closing Date: December 1, 2016

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.