Vancouver Coastal Health

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Regional Primary Care

Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Primary Care
Work Site: Admin 601 W. Broadway


Start Date:



Regular Full Time 

As soon as possible


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays

Salary: $47.39 - $68.12 per hour
Reference#: 171915-cmc

Come work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Primary Care with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Reporting operationally to the Director, Primary Care and with professional accountability to the VCH Vice President Professional Practice, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) - Primary Care is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the delivery of nursing care and the formulation of organizational policies relevant to such care. The CNS works within the organization’s leadership framework to foster, facilitate and achieve the highest standards of service delivery and leads in the planning, development and implementation of clinical policies and programs designed for improving patient/client care. Provides expert advice and consultation in the areas of nursing, resource planning, program and health system improvement, research and professional development to support quality and utilization initiatives. Continuously evaluates nursing practice and contributes to the ongoing organizational development of practice knowledge by evaluating research and developing frameworks and strategies to facilitate the implementation of best practices. Functions as clinical leader in a particular area of specialty and advances nursing practice in the area of specialty through the use of advanced practice and evidence based research. Works closely with Professional Practice leaders and acts as a liaison between various hospitals and/or community programs to facilitate integration of care across the continuum and reports on professional nursing practice matters. Provides leadership and expert consultation to team members and other health care staff, patients/clients and families/significant others. Works collaboratively with Program Managers, Medical Directors, Clinical Educators, Nurse Clinicians, staff nurses, and others members of the interdisciplinary team to pro-actively move nursing practice forward at the regional, provincial and national levels.


As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Primary Care with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Exemplify excellence in nursing by providing advanced level nursing expertise and clinical support to a multi-disciplinary health care team.
  • Develop and implement standards, clinical practice guidelines and other processes that support excellence in service delivery and are consisten with provincial and national guidelines.
  • Lead the design and implementation of integrated systems and processes to promote the development of competent staff, support professional and clinical practice and enhance collaborative working relationships across the continuum of care.
  • Lead the development of quality assurance programs within clinical area and collaborates with Operations and Practice Directors to report and recommend the implementation of research with impact to initiatives on nursing practice and job content, staff allocation, training and performance, and budetary planning.
  • Conduct research that is focused on identifying and/or incorporating best practices and evidence-based care to foster the development and implementation of strategies designed to optimize excellence in patient/client care and the health system.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate clinical and educational programs relating to the delivery of patient care with the speciality area.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to team members using effective coaching techniques, mentors staff, conducts performance evaluations, enables developmental opportunities, participates in recruitment activities and makes final hiring decisions in collaboration with leadership team.
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to assist graduate and undergraduate students develop a thorough understanding and skilled use of advanced nursing practices and related competencies.
  • Collaborate in the development and promotion of clear guidelines, performance standards and effective processes to assess competencies of staff and students and facilitate continuing development of nursing and allied health professionals in compliance with professional standards as well as codes of ethics.
  • Monitor and provide input into budget to ensure the budget enables attaining clinical practice requirements and meeting professional standards while remaining in the confines of environmental and resource constraints.


Education & Experience

  • Masters degree in Nursing; plus current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • A minimum of five (5) year’s recent related experience working in a rehabilitation, community health nursing, and/or neuroscience psychiatric mental health setting with a focus in Sexual Health Rehabilitation and in a progressive leadership role.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Effectively collaborates to build relationships that promote the achievement of cooperative goals and contribute to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
  • Professionally consults to enable the successful sharing of expertise with caregivers, patients/clients, families/significant others, other members of the public, and colleagues.
  • Proficiently provides and vigilantly evaluates education/orientation on complex advanced practices and abilities to ensure skills levels are acquired or maintained by team members to meet overall practice and care standards.
  • Utilizes expert acute clinical evaluation skills to assess needs of the patient/client and their families/significant others.
  • Skillfully, and in consultation with academic institutions and professional bodies, identifies/develops discipline specific standards for teaching and education.
  • Collaboratively leads in the identification, planning and implementation of ongoing activities to support research initiatives.
  • Effectively leads and directs staff by providing a work environment that fosters motivation and respectful relationships, and enables decision-making.
  • Exhibits advanced verbal, written and technological communication and presentation skills when disseminating information/advice and/or promoting the use of research findings.
  • Applies knowledge of a wide range of cross-cultural and diversity issues within a health care environment.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.



VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Please note that a resume is required to apply to this posting.

Hours of Work may vary due to project requirements.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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