Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Location: Vancouver Hospice

Reporting to: Professional Practice Leader

Job status: Permanent part-time 0.6-0.8 FTE (45-60 hours bi-weekly)


Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.


It is the expectation for all roles across the organization to know the organization’s philosophy of pediatric palliative care and uphold a commitment to further ones knowledge. Our philosophy of pediatric palliative care is as follows: Pediatric palliative care improves quality of life, promotes comfort, and reduces suffering for children with life-threatening conditions (serious illness) and their families through a holistic approach addressing; physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. It is collaborative person & family-centred care delivered using a team-based approach throughout the continuum of care across all ages and stages of illness, including bereavement. It values choice and honest and compassionate communication.



Aside from being surrounded by a friendly, inclusive, dedicated team, Canuck Place offers employees:

  • up to 20 days’ vacation (pro-rated to their full-time equivalency)
  • an 100% employer-paid benefits package
  • Municipal Pension Plan (MPP),
  • A Health Spending account that provides up to $1000 annually to provide additional coverage for health and wellness activities/services
  • Informative lunch n’ learns, as well as various learning opportunities.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice also has a ‘Care For the Caregiver’ committee who provides ongoing, creative activities to connect us with one another as a reminder that it’s ‘this’ moment that really counts. Canuck Place is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and has cross-departmental Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Truth and Reconciliation committees.



The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) provides advanced clinical expertise in the care of children and families in pediatric palliative care. The CNS is involved in direct care, consultation, education, research and leadership.

The CNS is guided by the core competency expectations outlined by the Canadian Nurses Association and uses advanced communication and leadership skills, expert problem solving techniques and the application of relevant theories to support both patient/family and program issues and concerns. The CNS is accountable for providing expert nursing resources for complex issues related to pediatric palliative patient care by acting as a mentor, educator, leader and change agent. The CNS collaborates with the interdisciplinary team and works closely with the Clinical Educator and Clinical Response Nurses to facilitate the provision of excellent patient care and client safety in accordance with Canuck Place Children's Hospice (CPCH) mission, philosophy, values and beliefs.



  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of pediatric palliative care to children and families for selected and/or complex cases in the hospice, home or hospital setting.
  • Collaborates with the nursing leaders and nursing staff in identifying clinical practice issues and resolutions and guides staff in reviewing, assessing and analyzing concerns and identifying solutions from a systems, clinician and child/family perspective.
  • Participates in the evaluation of the quality of service delivery to children and families to ensure client safety and quality of care. Provides leadership in identifying, initiating and/or developing changes in nursing practices, clinical procedures, programs, standards, policies and protocols.
  • Fosters staff competence in pediatric palliative care by providing innovative perspectives and applying relevant nursing practice concepts.
  • Collaborates with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary care team by initiating and participating in interdisciplinary planning and evaluation of care.
  • Participates collaboratively with health care professionals throughout the province to develop and apply appropriate consistent clinical standards, policies and procedures and guidelines for interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care planning.
  • Acts as a clinical resource and consultant to children and families, nursing and medical colleagues, and other health care professionals through the province by providing clinical knowledge and expertise at an advanced specialist level in the area of pediatric palliative care, including understanding community and hospital resources and systems.
  • Promotes ethical decision-making and child/family advocacy
  • Promotes professional staff development through formal/informal education, program development and mentoring,
  • Provides input into the development, implementation and evaluation both of Canuck Place and departmental philosophy, strategic priorities, objectives, policies and procedures to ensure appropriate levels of care and cost effective use of resources.
  • Acts as a leader in the development, implementation and evaluation of the clinical quality improvement programs, including accreditation.
  • In collaboration with Clinical Educator, provides guidance, support and mentorship to Clinical Response Nurses for implementation of education initiatives.
  • Provides consultation and education programs to community groups, health institutions and teaching institutions regarding issues related to pediatric palliative care delivery.
  • Actively supports staff to enhance and strengthen their own areas of expertise by encouraging them to participate in and conduct educational and research activities and engage in evidence-based practice.
  • Contributes to the evidence base of clinical practice through research related and knowledge translation activities
  • Chairs, participants and engages in CPCH Committee work to support culture, safety and innovation.
  • Reports and recommends implementation of research findings which have an impact on nursing practice, clinical care, staff allocation and budgetary planning.  Integrates research findings into nursing practice through teaching and consultation
  • Contributes to the CPCH culture by understanding and supporting our Mission and Vision and actively demonstrating our Values.
  • In accordance with the strategic directions of CPCH, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at CPCH, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Follows policies, procedures and standards of excellence to ensure a safe environment for children and families, other staff and volunteers.
  • Protects the health, wellness and safety of self and others by complying with applicable regulations and standards, safe work practices and procedures established by CPCH. Employees must report any health hazards and unsafe conditions to their supervisor for corrective action.
  • Assumes other related responsibilities, as assigned.  



  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing supplemented with at least five years of recent related experience in pediatric and/or palliative care or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current practicing registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
  • Current CPR BCLS certification.



What you bring to the role:

  • Demonstrated specialized pediatric and palliative care clinical knowledge.
  • Demonstrated competency in clinical practice, program development, education, leadership, and research.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving, decision making, and evaluative skills.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, communication and human relations skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of adult education and skill in teaching a variety of professional and lay learners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with all levels in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, set, organize and accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively as a change agent.
  • Ability to conceptualize, conduct research, analyze, strategize and plan.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Knowledge and skill to operate a personal computer which included knowledge of MS

Office and Windows programs such as MS Word, Excel, MS Outlook etc.

You have:

  • High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity; high vision and conceptual capabilities; consultative, facilitate and collaborative; sense of humor.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrates flexibility that allows you to work with high energy, creative people.
  • Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.


Note: Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend and evening work and travel within and outside the Lower Mainland.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations, genders and gender identities, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.



Please submit your cover letter and your resume at by February 19, 2023. We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.