Clinical Nurse Specialist – Medication Safety

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Medication Safety


This temporary, full-time position – based at our St. Catharines Site – would be a great leadership opportunity for a Registered Nurse who is a visionary thinker, a best practices champion and a skilled decision-maker, adept at leading change and achieving results.


Driven by a commitment to enhance patient experience, patient safety and professional practice through the delivery of evidence-based care, you will provide leadership and direction to foster, facilitate and achieve the highest standards of professional excellence for nursing and other clinical practice disciplines in relation to medication safety practices. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Niagara Health, you will provide expert advice, clinical practice, and consultation in the areas of nursing, resource planning, system improvement, research, and professional development to support quality and safety initiatives.

We will rely on you to anticipate future changes (e.g., needs related to technology, systems, professional development) as well as recommend and implement appropriate action plans, continuously evaluating nursing practice and contributing to the ongoing development of practice knowledge by evaluating research and developing frameworks and strategies to facilitate the implementation of best practices. As part of the Professional Practice portfolio, you will report to the Clinical Leader, Professional Practice and work collaboratively with the Nurse Educators, Clinical Leadership, patient-facing nurses, pharmacists, and other interprofessional team members to develop and promote a best practice environment for medication safety.

While you’ll be based out of our St. Catharines Site, you’ll have multi-site accountabilities and impact.


To join our team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist – Medication Safety, you must be an experienced and qualified Registered Nurse whose knowledge base and skill set include:

  • Current registration in good standing with  the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Master’s degree in Nursing.
  • Clinical specialty organizational membership (e.g. RNAO, CVAA, CANO, INS, CAMSN and CPS).
  • At least 5 years of relevant acute care clinical experience, including expertise with vascular access (CVAD, ports, etc.).
  • Ability to recognize potential and existing gaps in clinical care to influence client and organizational decision-making and change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge translation skills to implement evidence-based practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with program development and implementation, project and change management, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated excellence in preceptorship, role modelling, mentorship and coaching of nurses, other members of the healthcare team and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change, prioritize, problem-solve, and work both independently and as part of an inter-professional team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education, and to the vision, mission and values of Niagara Health.
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills, including critical thinking, communication, responsiveness, conflict resolution, people management, change management, visionary thinking, effective customer service, and organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain consistent, regular attendance.


Discover a team environment of Extraordinary Caring – and great quality of life

We are Niagara Health and our CORE values inspire us to be EXTRAORDINARY: Compassion in Action, Driven by Optimism, Achieving Ambitious Results. We are a multi-site hospital that provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including Acute Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Complex Care, Emergency and Urgent Care, Kidney Care, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Stroke Care and Surgical Care. We serve over 450,000 Niagara residents across six sites. Our team is made up of more than 4,800 employees, 600 physicians and 850 volunteers who we count on to deliver extraordinary caring. In fact, Accreditation Canada has awarded Niagara Health with Exemplary Standing, a clear demonstration of our team’s commitment to the highest safety and quality standards.

To join Niagara Health is to spend more time enjoying life than commuting. Nestled between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and best known for its tourist attractions, the area offers great geographical advantages. Our hospital sites are located in thriving communities, where affordable housing, a myriad of recreational and cultural activities, and diverse settings make both family and single living a rewarding experience.

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Niagara Health is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Niagara Health will provide accommodations through the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.