Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatric Rehab Program - Toronto Rehab, University Centre

Central Toronto Roselawn, ONTARIO | 2 months

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Job Description

Job Posting #863975

Position:  Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) – Geriatrics, Musculoskeletal, Multi-System Rehab Programs
Department:  University Centre
Reports To:  Director of Professional Practice
Site:  Toronto Rehab – University Centre, 550 University Ave.,Toronto
Scale/Grade:  F0 04
Salary Range:  $85,931.00- $107,413.00 per annum (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 37.50 hours/week     
Status: Permanent Full-time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Clinical Nurse Specialist– Geriatrics, Musculoskeletal, Multi-System Rehab Programs in our Collaborative Academic Practice Department.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, a leader in adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care, is Canada’s largest adult rehabilitation hospital. Bringing together innovative patient care, groundbreaking research and diverse education to help people overcome or recover from disabling injury, illness or age-related conditions Toronto Rehab is located at four sites: University Centre (550 University Ave.), Lyndhurst Hospital and Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac and Stroke Centre (Rumsey Road) and the Bickle Centre (Dunn Ave).. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here .

This CNS position plays a key role in the Geriatric and MSK/Multi-systems Leadership Teams.  The CNS is responsible for liaising with all inpatient units and outpatient clinics at TR’s University Centre (UC) on a regular basis to: proactively assist clinical teams in addressing patient care issues and clinical concerns; ensure clinical interventions are aligned with organizational policies and best practices; and, support education and academic practice, student mentorship, and research activities. A key function of this role will be to provide expertise in the care of medically and behaviorally complex individuals.  Many of these patients also have wound care needs, so wound care expertise is an asset.  More specifically, the CNS will undertake assessments of patients with multiple medical co-morbidities and complex behavioural issues, and will be expected to support the inter-professional care team in developing appropriate care plans and clinical interventions to address patient needs.  At the same time, the CNS will be expected to provide support to patients and their significant others, as appropriate. They will be expected to build capacity of point-of-care staff in addressing and managing both acute and longer-term medical and behavioral issues.  The CNS will also be expected to consult with other specialty services and supports, both internal and external, as required. 

The successful candidate will have many opportunities to contribute to clinical quality improvement initiatives and participate in program development in this role. They should be able to demonstrate understanding of, compliance with, and commitment to UHN values, patient safety, and best practices in order to ensure a safe and supportive environment for patients and staff. 


  • Master's degree in Nursing, education or health administration required
  • Current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as an RN required
  • Minimum 3-5 years recent clinical experience in acute or rehab hospital setting required; prior experience as a CNS in a specified clinical specialty program is preferred
  • Completion of a Basic Cardiac Life Support (B.C.L.S.) program  required
  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Certified or willing to obtain
  • Certification or specialized wound care experience are considered assets
  • CNA Specialty Certification in Neurology, Mental Health or Geriatrics also considered assets
  • Advanced knowledge of the interplay of mental health and medical or surgical conditions
  • Knowledge of professional trends, scope and standards of practice, and relevant legislation
  • Demonstrated knowledge base and advanced level of clinical competence in working with patients with complex and chronic physical and/or mental health issues
  • Highly developed communication skills both written and oral
  • Previous experience in designing or facilitating teaching/educational initiatives
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to act as a resource and consultant to all interprofessional team members
  • Demonstrated self-directed, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated organizational, presentation and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and quality
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and ongoing professional development
  • Patient/Client service oriented, with the ability to effectively work with diversity and appreciate that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring richness to the challenge or situation at hand

CLOSING DATE:  Until filled

If you are interested in making your 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.

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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 requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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