Clinical Nurse Specialist
|1. ||Basic description—The clinical nurse specialist coordinates
activities regarding patient care on a specific unit within the
hospital. This is an advanced practice role and requires a MSN
degree. The setting is usually inpatient hospital and intense.
Clinical nurse specialists assist the multidisciplinary team from
admission to discharge, answer and refer questions the family
might have, health teaching, support/counseling, assist in developing protocols for managing care of the client, serve as a resource person to staff nurses and other health team members,
collect data and investigate trends for the program, that is, heart
surgery, facilitate discharge preparation for a smooth transmission to home, and coordinate follow-up visits for the patient.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation; MSN degree required. Most settings require 5 years of acute care experience.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Must have self-confidence and strong leadership skills|
|• ||Excellent communication|
|• ||Understand organizational structure|
|• ||Technical competency involving use of complex equipment|
|• ||Teaching skills|
|• ||Clinical competency|
|• ||Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams|
|• ||Skills in staff evaluation|
|4. ||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location; range is $60,000 to $90,000.|
|5. ||Employment outlook—Moderate|
|6. ||Related Web sites and nursing organizations:|
|• ||National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
|• ||American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS):
|• ||American Nurses Credentialing Center:
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 31.
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