Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0004 / Clinical Nurse Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general direction, supervises and coordinates the day-to-day patient care activities of a specified clinical practice, ensuring adherence established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards. Coordinates services with other patient care units, as appropriate, and provides direct patient evaluation and consultation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Monitors and coordinates the daily patient care activities of the unit; schedules staff and patients to ensure full coverage of patient care needs at all times and to ensure effective patient services.
  2. Provides triage advice and guidance to physicians and staff referring patients to the clinic; oversees and monitors patient evaluation and treatment decisions.
  3. Supervises the work of employees in supporting roles.
  4. Participates in program development and in development and implementation of operating policy and procedure.
  5. Oversees and provides direct nursing evaluation and/or other related care and consultation to patients as required.
  6. Coordinates services with other patient care units as required; maintains communication with allied services and maintains community liaison as appropriate.
  7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in Nursing; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure pending as documented by temporary licensure. OR Current RN licensure from a state participating in the multistate privilege to practice compact with New Mexico; Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in specified area of specialty, or eligibility for CNS certification.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical organization structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Ability to provide direct evaluation and consultation to patients.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing and prioritizing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Advanced nursing skills in area of specialty.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • May be subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status, if applicable.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 07/12/2021