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2323 Clinical Nurse Specialist

Recruitment #TPV-2323-059849






Appointment Type:  Permanent and Provisional applicants are encouraged to apply.  Provisional applicants must participate in a Civil Service examination for this job classification to become permanent.


San Francisco General Hospital’s Perinatal Nursing Services is accepting applications for one (1) full-time position in class 2323 Clinical Nurse Specialist [Perinatal].


SHIFT:  Variable.  DAYS OFF:  Variable. 

PATIENT/CLIENT POPULATION: Obstetrics and gynecology




Under general supervision of the Director of Perinatal Nursing Services, the Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist performs specialized clinical nursing duties and serves as the clinical expert for the Perinatal Nursing inpatient population.  The essential job functions include the following:

  • Functions as part of the clinical team;
  • Provides and/or manages the nursing plan of care for patients with complex problems;
  • Provides education, training, information, and consultation services to Physicians, Registered Nurses, and other members of the clinical team;
  • Interprets, coordinates, and implements new and existing policies, methods and procedures for  nursing care in the Maternal Child area;
  • Interprets specific areas of staff and patient needs;
  • Keeps informed of current practices and trends and incorporates them into practice;
  • Works in a cooperation with other members of a multi-disciplinary health team;
  • Makes professional contacts with a variety of public, private and professional institutions/organizations; and
  • Performs related duties as required.



1.     Registered Nurse License:  Possession of a valid California Registered Nurse (RN) license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing; NOTE: Candidates who possess a current Registered Nurse License in a state other than California must present a valid permanent/temporary California license as a Registered Nurse prior to appointment; AND

2.    CNS Certificate: Possession of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing; AND

3.    EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: [Perinatal] - Possession of a Master's degree in Nursing with an emphasis in perinatal care, women’s health/gynecology or child/maternal health.


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate Requirement / Provision:

Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate issued by the American Heart Association is required as a provision to employment for all positions.  Eligibles who do not possess such a certification may participate in this examination process and be appointed to a position(s), but will be required to obtain the certificate within two (2) weeks of hire date and maintain validity throughout length of employment.  A photocopy of the valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate must be provided to the appropriate supervisor of the appointment within the allotted time frame.  Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of valid certification within two (2) weeks of hire date and throughout length of employment may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.



·         Two (2) years verifiable experience as a Perinatal CNS in an acute care facility.

·         Two (2) years of experience working with an inpatient acute patient population within the last three (3) years.

·         Demonstrated continued professional development e.g., Faculty/Teaching appointments (paid or non-paid), pursuit/completion of doctoral preparation.

·         Current CPR Recognition and NRP.

·         Basic or Advance Lactation Specialist Certification.

·         Specialty Certification in Maternal/Child (ANA).

·         AWHON Recognized Advance Fetal Monitor Instructor.

·         Knowledgeable of Baby-Friendly USA requirements.

·         Knowledge of Watch Child Documentation System.



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If you have questions regarding this specific vacancy, please contact:


Gillian Otway, Nurse Recruiter


 via email at  Gillian.Otway@sfdph.org     or via phone at 415-206-3780





All applicants must be able to produce a copy of required licenses and/or certifications when requested throughout the application process.  Failure to provide verification(s) may result in rejection of application process.


Experience:  All applicants must be able to produce employment verification(s) if requested throughout the application process.  Failure to present documentation may result in rejection of application and removal from the application process.


Verification of all experience needed to qualify if requested must be on the employer's letterhead indicating the name of the applicant, job title, dates of employment, hours per week, duties performed and must be signed by the supervisor and/or appropriate representative.  City employees do not need to submit verification of qualifying City work experience if experience gained is from the class to which appointed.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.  City employees relying upon qualifying work experience gained outside the City and County of San Francisco must submit written verification of such experience as described above. Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Failure to submit the required verification or request for a waiver at the time of filing may result in rejection of the application.



Selection Procedures:


The selection process will include an evaluation of applications in relations to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.



The Department of Public Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply



ISSUED:  January 11, 2013

RECRUITMENT NO.  TPV-2323-059849

DPH/LL  415-206-5417 (01077204)


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