Clinical Nurse Specialist, Behavioral Health Inpatient Nursing

Job Requisition #: JR58934

End Date: 9/28/2022

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Position Type: Advanced Practice RN

Shift: Day Shift, Rotation Day/Evening/Morning

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ChristianaCare is currently looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist for our Behavioral Health Team at our Newark, Wilmington, and Cecil Campus.   The selected candidate will assist to develop practice standards, contribute to the development of others and shape/influence nursing practice within behavioral health and the department of nursing.  The selected candidate will also take responsibility for facilitating change toward higher levels of professionalism and competency by integrating and promoting evidence-based research findings into nursing practice. This position will be Monday through Friday, no holidays, weekends as needed. The hours will be primarily 7a to 330p.


Provides leadership by catalyzing and facilitating change toward higher levels of professionalism and competency.

Acts as a clinical consultant and resource to patients, family, and staff in area of specialty.

Facilitates continuity of care for complex patients.

Collaborates with professionals from multiple disciplines to enhance patient outcomes.

Appropriately utilizes advanced clinical decision-making skills.

Provides teaching and counseling to select patients and families.

Collaborates in the review of educational materials.

Assists staff in the development of innovative and cost-effective patient programs of care.

Utilizes, participates in, and disseminates research to enhance practice.

Promotes evidence-based practice in the provision of nursing care.

Consistently guides staff in professional development; acts as a mentor.

Coordinates select projects/programs, including development and implementation of clinical pathways, care management guidelines, and protocols

Utilizes effective verbal and written communication skills with patients and colleagues.

Ensures compliance with regulatory standards for behavioral health.

Provides direct patient care as needed.

Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices; reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.


Experience in Behavioral Health preferred

Licensure or license eligible for Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nursing as set forth by the Delaware and Maryland Boards of Nursing

BLS certification

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

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At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

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ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

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