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University of Washington CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST - BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (FULL TIME, DAYS) in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 197908


Posting Date: 10/13/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (

A higher degree of healthcare. All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored. At UW Medical Center – Northwest (formerly Northwest Hospital & Medical Center), we’re proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are: The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award; The Stroke Care Excellence Award; Winner of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row. We’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country. UW Medical Center – Northwest is a full-service medical center based in North Seattle. We are a non-profit community hospital offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 2,000 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus, just north of Seattle. Teamwork. Community. Opportunity. ( Become part of our team, and join our mission to make life healthier for everyone in our community. UW Medical Center - Northwest has an outstanding opportunity for a full time (100% FTE, 40 hours per week), day shift BEHAVRIORAL HEALTH CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST to join our Nursing Professional Development department. The Behavioral Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) serves as an expert clinical resource for nurses and other health care providers and provides consultation, education, resource development, and leadership in the care of patients with behavioral health disorders. The CNS provides leadership for the delivery of exemplary patient care throughout the UW Medical Center - Northwest campus. The CNS contributes to the advancement of nursing practice and continuous improvement of patient care through involvement in clinical care, education, research, organizational support, collaboration and professional advancement. This position will be a professional staff employee at the UW Medical Centers, reporting to the Assistant Administrator for Professional Practice with a dotted line to the Director of Behavioral Health at UW Medical Center - Northwest. SCHEDULE The Behavioral Health Clinical Nurse Specialist will work day shifts, 40 hours per week. RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as a clinical expert in Behavioral Health, as a visionary and inventive role model. Collaborates with the Montlake campus to ensure that Behavioral Health-related policies and procedures (including Workplace Violence Prevention, Code Gray, Suicide Prevention and Restraint Management) align with regulatory guidelines and national best practices. Provides information, resources and assistance to cultivate staff skills, enhance nursing practice and promote improved patient care delivery.

  • Collaborates with staff regarding assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients and groups of patients with complex or unique needs, or in using new technologies or best practice guidelines for patients in all phases of care. Maintains a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of care for patients with behavioral health needs.

  • Collaborates with CNS, CNE, Nurse Manager, and Assistant Nurse Manager staff to lead, promote, and maintain an exemplary level of nursing practice within Behavioral Health services. Supports nursing leadership throughout the medical center and in meeting Patient Care Services, Patients are First and UW Medical Center Pillar goals.

  • Collaborates with Nurse Managers, Assistant Nurse Managers, and Educators to plan, facilitate, and deliver education of workplace violence prevention, restraint use and safety, suicide prevention, and psychiatric topics. This includes participation in multiple committees supporting this work (including The Workplace Violence Committee, the Workplace Violence Guidance Team, The Behavioral Response Committee, and the system-wide Behavioral Health Education Committee.)

  • Coordinates oversight of workplace violence initiatives and works closely with the Behavioral Intervention Response Team (BIRT Team) to optimize patient outcomes and prevent staff and patient injury.

  • Supports preceptors, preceptees and unit leadership in developing staff competency, skills and abilities. Leads through influence and models professionalism, effective communication and respect of a diverse staff. Works collaboratively to solve problems and fosters a team environment. REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing or a related field

  • 3 years of clinical experience in an acute care medical center

  • An active Registered Nurse license in the State of Washington DESIRED:

  • 1 year of leadership experience in the field of nursing

  • Experience in a Magnet-designated academic healthcare organization

  • Professional Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (or willingness to certify within 3 years of hire) UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.