Nurse Specialist (Clinical)

Montgomery County, Maryland
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center leads the nation in implementing a specialty practice model for Clinical Research Nursing which defines the roles and contribution of nurses providing care to research participants. If you want to play a significant role supporting the vision at the Clinical Center in leading the Nation in implementing a specialty practice model for Clinical Research Nursing, then consider joining our team! For more information, visit

The Nurse Specialist is a senior member of the interdisciplinary team within a "program of care" as well as within the leadership structure of CCND and the CC at large. This Nurse Specialist position reports directly to the CCND Service Chief and fulfills a role focused on the development and implementation of clinical practice standards and care delivery innovations to (1) improve the outcomes experienced by Clinical Center patients and (2) assure the quality, relevance and integrity of research data collected in clinical studies conducted at the CC. The ideal candidate will be a Master of Science prepared advanced practice nurse with certification within their specialty, or as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Nurse Specialist opportunities are available in the following clinical specialty areas:
    Adult Behavioral Health, Pediatric Behavioral Health, Alcohol Clinic Alcohol and Addictions Unit

For Specific unit descriptions please follow the links below:

Major Duties and Responsibilities Include:
  • Uses expert clinical judgment in the management of care to complex and specialized behavioral health patient populations, resulting in a positive impact/improvement across the organization.
  • Guides staff in the implementation of the nursing process and evaluation of patient care outcomes.
  • Organizes care delivery in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in a manner that promotes continuity and accountability for patient care.
  • Actively participates in the development of Service Line/Service philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Serves as the clinical expert for nursing practice within a specific clinical specialty area.
  • Uses specialty clinical knowledge and expertise to identify standards of nursing practice which are applicable to specific patient populations. Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to implement identified standards.
  • Serves as a consultant for the management of specialized patient care populations. Clearly identifies nursing scope of practice; demonstrates expert consultative skills in determining stakeholders, establishes effective and therapeutic relationships, recommends solutions to challenges.
  • Serves as a mentor and role model for clinical staff, offering guidance, coaching and feedback as required.
  • Collaborates with nursing leadership in the implementation of CCND initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, defines data requirements for assessing quality and outcomes of patient care.
  • Is innovative and self-directed in developing and implementing complex and sophisticated programs for optimizing patient care and enhanced management of resources.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Selectee(s) are required to undergo a Pre-Employment Medical Screening.
  • This position has the following minimum qualification requirements: nurse education, license and specialized experience.
  • Position requires passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
  • This position requires the incumbent to be able to lift and move items weighing up to 35 lbs.
  • This position is designated as Tier-1 Emergency Essential. See Additional Information section for specific details on this designation.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.


In order to meet the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Nurse Specialist (Clinical), GS-0610, you must have:

A graduate or higher-level degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree, or diploma from an accredited professional nursing educational program. (This education must have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education , Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs , Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education , or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.)

Note: Official certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools is required for individuals who graduated from foreign nursing schools;


Have passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) or you obtained licensure before the implementation of the NCLEX-RN. Individuals who have not passed the NCLEX-RN but meet all other qualification requirements will be subject to a comprehensive evaluation of both their education and experience prior to final appointment.


Possess a current, active, full and unrestricted license, or registration as a professional nurse from a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.


In addition, to the basic education and licensure requirements in order qualify for a Nurse Specialist (CNS), position below at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one (1) year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: Developing and implementing clinical practice standards and care delivery innovations to improve the outcomes experienced by patients, and assure the quality, relevance and integrity of research data collected in clinical studies; defining the scope of role and overall accountability for specific patient population(s), including the categories of patients to be served, major types of research studies involved, patient care areas where those patients are seen and the types and levels of nursing services usually delivered to those patients; defining data requirements for assessing quality and outcomes of nursing care; analyzing quantitative and qualitative data regarding the processes of care, patient outcomes, and effectiveness of the research data collection process; providing specialized nursing care in the area of human subject protection, assessing the impact of research project on participants and supporting the recruitment and retention of participants; assisting the clinical team in solving problematic implications for care when new protocols are implemented and in developing innovative ways to care for patients participating in studies of new treatments or which involve innovations in technology; disseminating information on innovations and findings to the professional community at large.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:


If you qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, you are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application packages. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit .
  • Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating in a maximum telework state. If selected, you may be expected to telework. As employees to return to the office, you may be required to report to the location listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. At the discretion of the supervisor and NIH policy, you may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with NIH Workplace Flexibilities guidance.
  • This position is designated as an " emergency essential " position and the selected candidate will be considered an " emergency essential " employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.
  • A newly appointed or reappointed individual may receive a recruitment incentive. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.
  • NIH may repay certain outstanding Federally insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.
  • A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active-duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

More searches like this