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Nurse Specialist

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

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Four-Year Institution

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Nurse Specialist

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Classification Title:

35002 Nurse Specialist

Competency Level:

4 - Broadbanded

Working Title:

Nurse Specialist

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Full Time

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Job Category:

Staff - Medical

Organizational Unit Overview:

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) is composed of 18 departments which function to: 1) provide health care for the citizens of eastern North Carolina; 2) educate primary care physicians to meet the health care needs of eastern North Carolina; and 3) make medical education available to minority and disadvantaged people. The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences (herein referred to as Cardiovascular Sciences or CVS) is the university’s newest department, and is a primary contributor to the School’s mission of medical education, patient care, research, and community service.

Playing an important role in the Brody School of Medicine’s academic group practice, the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences consists of the Department Chairman, two Medical Directors of Clinical Services, four leadership core units (Department Administrator, CVS Operations Committee/Section Chiefs, Nurse Administrator, and Vice Chairman and Director of Research), and seven clinical and educational divisions. The primary roles of education (students, residents, fellows and continuing medical education), clinical services (Structural Heart Disease, Electrophysiology & Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Primary and Secondary Prevention, and Vascular Diseases), research (clinical and basic bench research in cardiovascular clinical care, clinical trials to develop new treatments for cardiovascular disease, educational programs for local, regional, and national health care providers, and wellness and prevention programs), academic affairs/faculty development, and administration (business and clinical support services) are led by the Department Chairman and CVS Operations Committee.

The clinical sections represented in Cardiovascular Diseases include: Structural Heart Disease, Electrophysiology & Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Primary and Secondary Prevention, and Vascular Diseases. There are currently 30 MD and PhD faculty members, 16 Fellows, 2 Residents and 8 Physician Extenders and Cardiovascular Sciences Technicians.

A clinical, administrative, and research support staff numbering nearly 100 CSS and SPA employees provides support to the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences’ faculty and learner groups. There are 15 Subspecialty fellows (fully trained internists receiving training in a clinical subspecialty within Cardiovascular Sciences).

The majority of the department’s educational, clinical and research activities take place within the context of the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and the University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina-Pitt County. The central component of the medical center will be the new East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI). Designed to be a world-class cardiovascular destination offering state-of-the-art medical technology, education, and research in one location, the East Carolina Heart Institute is composed of three main partners ECU Health Medical Center, East Carolina University, and private practice practitioners. The Institute is committed to superior patient care, collaborative research, and continuous training and education. The East Carolina Heart Institute is the umbrella name for the two facilities that make up the Institute.
ECU Health is a mission-driven, 1,512 bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. ECU Health is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, ECU Health Medical Center has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit


The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is affiliated with ECU Health Medical Center, which serves as its teaching hospital, as well as the flagship hospital for ECU Health.

Employment in this position provides eligibility to participate in the UNC Optional Retirement Program (ORP) which offers matching employer contributions and employee control of investment choices, along with eligibility to participate in various Voluntary Supplemental Retirement Plans (401k, 403b. 457). This position is not eligible to participate in the NC Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS). Additionally, this position offers multiple voluntary options for Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance as well as various supplemental plans including Critical Illness, Flexible Spending Accounts, Cancer, and Disability.”

Job Duties :

This position will provide patient care for the Thoracic Surgery clinic.

Duties of this position include but are not limited to: Manages comprehensive nursing care for patients (within specialty area) whose needs range from uncomplicated to complex and rapidly changing; Based on the holistic assessment, identifies relevant aspects of the situation and determines the appropriate course of action to move patient/family and staff towards the optimal health; Assesses subtle changes in patient status; Anticipates problems before they occur and implements measures to minimize risk; Organizes and prioritizes nursing care activities considering the needs of the patients and other staff members; Provides leadership to develop, analyze, integrate complex data, and update individualized care; Negotiates short/long term goals with the patient to develop and evaluate the individualized care when applicable; Initiates/facilitates/collaborates with all members of the interdisciplinary team to improve care delivered to the patients, ensuring that appropriate referrals (interdisciplinary and community) are made and completed; Utilizes the nursing process to facilitate the patient’s care using time and resources efficiently, and assumes accountability for re-evaluating care and its effectiveness; Coordinates care with the interdisciplinary members consistent with roles and responsibilities; Designs, implements and evaluates a comprehensive, culturally sensitive, patient/family education plan; Uses professional judgment to appropriately delegate; Makes age-appropriate interventions based on individual patient needs; Determines health needs of the clinics population; Recommends behavioral changes, teaches skill, recommends medication adjustments and reports to physicians; Demonstrates a caring, compassionate approach to patient/family, functioning as a patient/family advocate; Safely performs technical skills in area of practice; Demonstrates practice based on knowledge of polices, procedures, nursing standards, and legal issues in areas of specialty; Coordinates and manages care by applying analytical reasoning, reflection, rational problem-solving skills, using evidence-based information and clinical judgment; Participates in patient care conferences communicating the individual patients progress toward optimal level of health; Participates in shared decision making and problem solving to promote effective collaboration with interdisciplinary team; Serves as a clinical resource to other staff members and learners; Use established outcome measures to evaluate effectiveness of care; Promotes effective and efficient use of educational resources; Collaborate with the Social Workers and other care providers to monitor, evaluate and trend patient responses to treatments; Manages resources to promote achievement of the best clinical outcomes that are targeted to the specific patient population; Assumes personal responsibility for quality patient care, environment and professional development; Identifies own learning needs and seeks out resources to meet those needs; Attends national and regional conferences and networks with local organizations to maintain current expertise in specialty; Shares knowledge with others to improve patient care and to contribute to overall clinic functions; Assist in the orientation of new staff members and students; Develops objectives for self and colleagues for professional development through continued evaluation of practice and by discussion with appropriate individuals; Demonstrates the insight and self-awareness necessary to recognize own impact on others and to change behavior accordingly; Accepts constructive feedback and uses it to improve performance; Demonstrates effective use of computer-based information for decision support, continuous quality improvement and professional development; Actively and effectively assumes leadership role in clinic and in the community; Demonstrates high standards of patient care and is a role model for others; Delegates appropriately to others.

Communicates effectively orally and in writing; Promotes teamwork by facilitating positive group relationships; Demonstrates a spirit of service and cooperation in responding to needs of patients and co-workers, including ability to deal with stressful situations in a mature, positive manner; Contributes to clinic development by supporting and implementing activities that benefit clinic efficiency, productivity and quality and communicates practice standards to staff and others; Demonstrates a professional commitment to patients and staff by developing clinic protocols, rules, and policies and assignments in response to patient and clinic needs; Follows through on meeting patient needs and requests, and addresses problems and systems issues in a timely manner; Demonstrates fiscal accountability for one’s own practice while providing quality care; Serves the surrounding community through presentations to groups of patients and families and/or by giving in-service training to health care professionals; Participates in Performance Improvement/research activities designed to improve patient care, and/or organizational processes; Demonstrates an awareness of current trends and issues in area of specialty through discussion or application in practice; Actively participates in clinic Performance Improvement; Demonstrates spirit of inquiry through ongoing and systematic evaluation of care given to patients; Participates in research studies available; Collects data for evaluation to improve care.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Graduation from state-accredited school of registered nursing and two years of nursing experience, with at least one year in the assigned specialty area. Must have a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

License or Certification required by statute or regulation:

Must have a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

License or Certification required by the Department:

Must have a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions

Special Instructions to Applicant:

  • Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.
  • If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).
  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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Alternate option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.


East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment:

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. If highest degree earned is from an institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, final candidates are required to have their degree validated as equivalent to the degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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