Registered Nurse Clinical Nurse Specialist - Periop

Job Number
Banner Desert & Cardon Children's Medical Center
Banner Desert Medical Center - Dept of Prof Practice-Hosp
Position Type
FT: Full-Time
Street Address
1400 South Dobson Rd
City & State
Posting Category
Nursing - Surgery



Banner Health, one of the largest health care provider groups in Arizona, provides a variety of career opportunities in a dynamic, fast paced, efficient and innovative environment to make health care easier, so life can be better. If you are looking to leverage your abilities to make a real difference- and real change in the health care industry- you belong at Banner Health. With facilities in six western states, we’re committed to not only providing the finest care possible, but to advancing the way care is provided.  To achieve our vision, we seek driven professionals who embrace change and who possess the passion and skills to make it happen.


We are seeking a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certified in AZ with specialty knowledge, skills and clinical expertise in periop and surgical areas.



  • MSN, required
  • AZ or Compact RN License required
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in AZ, required
  • Surgical clinical knowledge
  • Periop clinical knowledge
  • Registered Nurses must have a BLS certification



About Banner Desert Medical Center
Located on an 80-acre campus in Mesa, Arizona, Banner Desert Medical Center is one of Arizona's largest and most comprehensive hospitals and is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of Phoenix's Best Hospitals. We provide an abundance of exceptional opportunities with more than 600 licensed beds, including over 100 dedicated to children. Areas of excellence include high-risk pregnancy and neonatal care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, oncology and emergency medicine. With 21 operating rooms, we offer a full range of surgical specialties and advanced technology that includes the daVincir Surgical System.

About Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center
If you desire to provide the best care possible to the most vulnerable patients, come to Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. Within our 248-bed, state-of-the-art facility, specially trained nurses, physicians and other clinical professionals utilize the most advanced technology - including iCare ICU monitoring and robotic surgery - to provide high quality, child-friendly, family-centered care. Our facilities feature a recently expanded 104-bed NICU, a 24-bed PICU, six pediatric ORs and a 26-bed ED. We also offer dedicated pediatric rehab, radiology, oncology and hematology capabilities. With clinical diversity, exceptional training programs and a supportive culture, this is a place where you can grow in your career as you help our very special patients.



About Banner Health
Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country and the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities we serve. Throughout our network of hospitals, primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and more, our skilled and compassionate professionals use the latest technology to make health care easier, so life can be better. The many locations, career opportunities, and benefits offered at Banner Health help to make the Banner Journey unique and fulfilling for every employee.


Job Summary

SUMMARY: This position is educationally and clinically prepared to provide a scope of services to specialized patient populations as an advance practice registered nurse. Clinical expertise in a specialty is the essence of all CNS practice. Integrates care across the patient, nurse, and system spheres of influence. Uses influence in each sphere to improve patient outcomes and nursing care through individual mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to implement evidence-based care practices, facilitate ethical decision making, and respond to diversity. This position works within the scope specified by the applicable State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice, as well as the organizations medical staff bylaws.


Essential Functions

  • Provides comprehensive nursing care by promotion of health, prevention of illness and injury, and alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response. Conducts comprehensive and holistic assessments using evidence-based technology, tools, and methods. Integrates assessment findings to develop differential diagnoses of illness problems and plans of care. Plans for systematic investigation of patient problems. Implements interventions based on the unique and diverse needs of individuals, families, and groups. Consults for a wide range of needs, including complex patient problems, program development, staff development, and system changes.


  • Demonstrates expertise in nursing by synthesizing a broad array of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and brings that synthesis to bear on nursing practice. Demonstrates clinical expertise within specialty-based advance nursing practice. Serves as a resource and support to enhance the body of nursing knowledge. Follows current practice competencies and evidence-based practice standards in the area of specialty. Contributes to evidence-based practice through generating, translating, and/or implementing research. Discovers, examines, and evaluates knowledge and theory. Serves as a change agent when introducing and integrating evidence-based practices. Participates in unit and/or facility shared leadership.


  • Integrates knowledge, diagnostic reasoning, and critical thinking skills to make effective decisions that enhance nursing practice and quality of care. Uses clinical inquiry to determine appropriate clinical practice. Integrates critical thinking skill with systems knowledge, educational commitment, and leadership ability.


  • Translates evidence into nursing practice. Uses evidence to implement changes in nursing practice that contribute to nurse sensitive and cost effective outcomes. Discovers, examines, and evaluates knowledge and theory. Serves as a change agent when introducing and integrating evidence-based practices.


  • Influences the quality of clinical practice in area of expertise. Interprets and applies dimensions of nursing care requirements at a local and system level. Recognizes opportunities for improved outcomes and develops interventions that will achieve desired outcomes for patient care. Generates evidence of dependable, cost effective care through outcome measurements.


  • Contributes to profession and society through activities that lead to excellent patient outcomes through timely, effective, efficient, equitable and safe care. Adheres to the ANA code of ethics for nurses. Exhibits organizational stewardship through efficient use of health care resources. Assists with monitoring, evaluation and interpretation of quality indicators. Functions using the standards of professional performance including collegiality, interdisciplinary collaboration, coaching /guidance/empowerment, and consultation. Adheres to quality measures/standards as defined by regulatory/licensure bodies, and interprets dimensions of nursing care requirements at local and system level.


  • May supervise other staff in coordinating the activities of patient care, depending on work assignment.



Minimum Qualifications

Must possess knowledge of clinical care and patient treatment as normally obtained through the completion of masters degree in nursing.

Requires current RN license in state of practice. Must be certified to practice by the State Board of Nursing as a certified nurse specialist within specialty area. Requires current BLS certification.

Demonstrates proficiency in computer applications and database management. Exhibits an exemplary professional demeanor and interpersonal relationship skills.

Preferred Qualifications

DNP or PhD preferred. Previous relevant experience preferred.

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

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