Nursing Specialist

Updated: 18 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD OBG - Family Planning

About the Department

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has 114 clinical providers, providing care at the main hospital in Hyde Park and seven off site locations. We have more than 60,000 outpatient visits, 25,000 ultrasound visits, 2,800 deliveries, and 3,000 gynecological surgeries per year. Teaching, research and the highest quality clinical care are top priorities for the Department. The residency and fellowship programs are highly ranked and have a history of training leaders in healthcare. The Department also has a significant research enterprise, engaging in population health studies, as well as research conducted in wet laboratories on tumor biology, fibroid research, and hypertensive diseases in pregnancy. As a subspecialty within OB/GYN, the Section of Family Planning is comprised of 4 attending physicians, 2 physician assistants, clinical fellows, and support staff. The section provides care in outpatient clinics located in Hyde Park, River East, Dearborn Station, South Loop, and Hinsdale. Additionally, the Section of Family Planning has established a unique research center, CI3, which focuses on reproductive policy and innovations in sexual and reproductive health. The department was ranked #16 on the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report.

Job Summary

This role relies on a deep knowledge and expertise within a Nursing specialty. Uses specialized depth and breadth of experience in Healthcare issues to direct primary health care to patients, in collaboration with consulting physician and multidisciplinary health teams. Be a part of a world-class academic healthcare system at UChicago Medicine as a Nursing Specialist with our OBGYN department for the Section of Complex Family Planning. In this role you will partner with the rest of the clinical team to provide patients the highest quality of care.
Under the direction of a faculty sponsor and in collaboration with the program support team, coordinates the care of patients through the abortion access process. Acts as a clinical liaison for patients, across medical services and clinical departments. Assesses clinical, emotional, psychosocial, financial, and other patient needs. Evaluates and manages patient symptoms before, during and after treatment.


  • Provides care coordination & patient education in Complex Family Planning.

  • Supports discharge planning for the patients in Complex Family Planning.

  • Supports transitioning of incoming patient referrals to UCMC Complex Family Planning, including OON and self-pay patients.

  • Facilitates resolution to patient care gaps and monitors follow up/completion by both proactively reaching out to patients and addressing direct phone calls and messages from patients.

  • Acts as liaison for patients, families and their multidisciplinary clinical team.

  • Provides lead nursing support in the outpatient setting.

  • Educates/reinforces education with patients and families on Complex Family Planning services, including complex abortion care. 

  • Clinical documentation review to improve LOS.

  • Oversees RN workload evaluations.

  • Develops and/or coordinates development of patient education materials, clinical pathways, and quality studies. 

  • Develops acuity tools and oversee other QI projects.

  • Serves as primary point of contact for patients both prior to their appointment and after discharge to address questions and patient care needs to address questions and patient care needs to ensure high quality of care.

  • May be responsible for direct patient care.

  • Leads comprehensive or episodic health assessments. Solves complex problems in patient care and recommends appropriate treatments. Develops patient care plans within clinical nursing practice and medical care protocols and prepares patient health summaries.

  • Provides expertise on effects of scheduled diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to the patient. Evaluates outcomes of care delivered to patients and initiates changes in the nursing approach accordingly. Develops collaborative practice arrangements.

  • Collaborates with and provides expertise to nurses, patients, families, physicians, and community resources for coordination of patient care. Selects appropriate communications approach to achieve desired outcomes of patient care.

  • Requires specialized depth of knowledge and skills for professional development. Interprets quality assurance issues on the unit, and recommends best practices. Provides expertise to staff on or off the unit for clinical skills.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification - American Heart Association or Other, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) - State of Illinois, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) - American Academy of Pediatrics, Registered Nurse (RN) - State of Illinois


Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN).


  • Minimum of two years clinical nursing experience with demonstrated clinical competence in patient care, teaching and management of patients. 

  • Experience in Abortion Care or Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN).

  • Registered Nurse with a current Illinois license.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification - American Heart Association or Other.

Preferred Competencies

  • Must have general computer skills and be adaptable to changing working situations and work assignments. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required, with specific ability to communicate effectively with patients, family members, and physicians. 

  • Superior phone communication skills and Ob/Gyn triaging.

Working Conditions

  • Clinical and administrative office environments.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Healthcare & Medical Services

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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