MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Nurse Leader - Telemetry/Thoracic Surgery Unit in Houston, Texas

Clinical Nurse Leader - Telemetry/Thoracic Surgery Unit

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Nursing at

Division of Nursing 900088

Requisition #: 116495

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a generalist prepared at the Master’s degree level. In collaboration with the unit leadership team, theCNLis accountable for the lateral integration of care, achieving quality patient outcomes, and maintaining patient safety at the microsystem level. Responsibilities include an understanding of relationship centered care, including awareness of patient’s needs based on assessment and effective communication for a designated cohort of patients. The CNL develops strong partnerships and facilitates connected continuous care with the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Key Functions

  1. Leadership and Change: TheCNLprovides clinical leadership to the nursing and interdisciplinary team to effectively manage transformational change and facilitate an empowered workforce.

  2. Understands goals of the microsystem and how they fit into the macrosystem

  3. Understands the basics of health care finance, economics, and fiscal responsibility within the micro and macro systems

  4. Advocates for improvements in health care systems, policies, procedures, and the professional roles of nurses and other health care providers

  5. Manages immediate change at the point of care as it occurs

  6. Organizes and prioritizes work of patient care team by ensuring synergy of patient needs and nursing expertise

  7. Assures continuity of care as patients transition across the continuum through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services

  8. Practices autonomously within the scope of professional nursing practice

  9. Leads and participates with the interdisciplinary team in planning delivery and evaluation of patient-focused care

  10. Provides information to new care providers and reviews pertinent information for provision of care

  11. Facilitates full team discussions including patient and family when ethical dilemmas arise

  12. Active member in shared decision making model at unit level

  13. Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area.

  14. Cultivates a culture of patient safety

  15. Works with unit leadership team to evaluate and improve nursing team functioning/vitality and interdisciplinary communication

  16. Knowledge Transfer: TheCNLworks closely with integrated and diverse teams, constantly sharing knowledge with a variety of different levels of staff and professional groups.

  17. Facilitates learning of direct care providers and ensure safe practice

  18. Utilizes a variety of presentation formats to meet the need of diverse groups with in the health care team

  19. Coaches others to improve clinical outcomes

  20. Improves practice by integrating practice changes based on current literature

  21. Leads/mentors team in evidenced based practice projects

  22. Educates, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources

  23. Ensures assessment of learner needs

  24. Interdisciplinary Relationships: TheCNLserves as the coordinator of care for a cohort of patients and utilizes effective communication skills while demonstrating respect for interdisciplinary team members.

  25. Collaborates with physicians, other services, patient and patient's family to plan care and evaluate outcomes

  26. Consults with physicians and other healthcare providers to communicate patient plan of care

  27. Develops partnerships with care providers, patients and families, ensuring appropriate goals are developed

  28. Assists with coordination and recommendations of healthcare resources on behalf of the patient

  29. Outcomes Management: TheCNLmaintains a functional knowledge of risk management and prevention, core measures, data analysis and evaluation in order to identify process improvements for nursing and interdisciplinary team members.

  30. Actively develops strong relationships and partnerships within the organization to improve patient outcomes

  31. Ensures integration of safety and quality standards into practice and delivery of team care

  32. Minimizes at risk behavior in self and others

  33. Actively utilizes event reporting systems

  34. Collaborates with others in quality and performance improvement efforts

  35. Collects and evaluates data on key patient outcomes on the unit

  36. Synthesizes data to positively influence care delivery and patient outcomes

  37. Demonstrates knowledge of regulatory issues that direct care

  38. Clinician at the Point of Care. TheCNLoversees the integration of care throughout the continuum for every patient in their cohort from admission through discharge.

  39. Identifies barriers and solutions to patient care

  40. Provides or oversees patient and family education to understand illness and self care concepts

  41. Supports and advocates patients’ right to make decisions about care and treatment

  42. Assesses patient's needs for nursing care and other services

  43. Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies

  44. Cultivates a culture of safety


Required: Master’s degree program in nursing with an emphasis on the Clinical Nurse Leader role.


Required:CurrentStateofTexasProfessional Nursing license (RN) and Clinical Nurse Leader Certification.

Preferred: Certification in Oncology or specialty practice area.


Required: Two years clinical experience in inpatient hospital setting.