Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a Registered Nurse prepared at the Master�s level and certified as a clinical specialist in child and adolescent mental health nursing. The Psychiatric CNS has advanced knowledge and clinical skills in psychiatric diagnoses and treatment which may include prescriptive authority individual group and family psychotherapy crisis intervention case management and consultation. The Psychiatric CNS works in various positions involved in evaluation treatment and care of children and adolescents with psychiatric illness and or emotional/behavioral disturbances and their families. The Psychiatric CNS practices as an interdependent member of the health care team collaborating with other health professionals to provide mental health care to children and their families.



Consistently applies the corporate values of respect honesty and fairness and the constant pursuit of excellence in improving the health status of the people of the region through the provision of customer-friendly geographically accessible and high-value services within the environment of a comprehensive integrated academic health system. Is responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with the principles of the Lifespan Corporate Compliance Program and Code of Conduct.


The Clinical Nurse Specialist at Bradley Hospital is an independently licensed clinician whose practice can include the following:

- Assessment diagnosis and treatment of individuals with acute and chronic psychiatric illnesses or emotional/behavior disturbances

- Clinical evaluation of patients in seclusion/restraints

- Psychopharmacologic management in collaboration with a psychiatrist

- Individual group and family therapy

- Crisis intervention and emergency evaluations

- Coordination and integration of multidisciplinary services for clients with complex psychiatric problems

- Provide comprehensive psychiatric �mental health education

- Support of individuals and their families around issues of developmental milestones or life changes and/or catastrophic events

- Clinical supervision and consultation

- Promotion of wellness-oriented care with a focus on disease and disability prevention

- Advocacy for children with mental health issues and their families

- Participation in research studies

- Timely and accurate completion of all documents as per the Policy and Procedure Manual of individual department in which he/she is employed.


Other information:

Must have current licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Rhode Island or in another state that participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry from an accredited college or university.

Current certification by ANCC as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Nurses whose position includes prescriptive authority must have current DEA# and fulfill all mandates per state law

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.


Three to five years clinical experience in working with children and adolescents with mental health needs.

Experience in crisis intervention with patients with psychiatric-mental health issues.


Sits stands and stands intermittently throughout the day. May move up to 35 pounds of weight.




Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Bradley Hospital USA:RI:East Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: 4


Union: Non-Union

Work Schedule: Position includes a combination of day & evening shifts; work is performed at multiple job sites