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Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Job Description

 

Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses who have earned a master’s or doctoral degree in advanced practice nursing and have been certified within a specific domain of patients or nursing.

They work with a nursing staff and provide indirect care through management and prioritization to improve the quality of care and reach the best outcomes.

Specializations fall into three primary categories:

  • Patient Care & Families

  • Nursing Management

  • Health Care Administration

Within these three domains, clinical nurse specialists can further focus on any of the following:

  • Particular populations, such as women’s health, pediatrics or geriatrics

  • Specific settings, such as emergency room, adult critical care or neonatal critical care

  • Medical subspecialties focusing on one diseases, such as diabetes or oncology

  • Specific types of care, such as geriatrics or rehabilitation

  • Particular types of health problem, such as pain management, wound care or stress

Additionally, some clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) work at the organizational level to make broad improvements to the system as a whole.

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Responsibilities

 

Conventional nursing responsibilities focus on helping patients recuperate from an illness or injury, preventing a disease from spreading, and educating patients on their needs.

A clinical nurse specialist’s practice includes more in-depth responsibilities, such as:

  • Diagnosing and treating specific diseases

  • Treating injuries and/or disabilities within a chosen area of expertise

  • Providing direct patient care

  • Providing expert consultations for nursing staff

  • Actively participating in programs to improve health care delivery systems

Overall, the responsibilities of specialists vary wildly depending on the area in which they choose. Those that pursue a PhD program will likely focus on research while others will manage nursing a teams and implement solutions to systemic health care problems.

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Skills

 

Clinical nurse specialists should be compassionate and have excellent communication skills as they will be working with individuals from all walks of life.

Communication, both orally and written, is vital to managing a team and reaching the correct solutions to problems that arise as well.

Technical skills and proficiency with the tools of the trade are needed for cohesive workflow, while a sense of accountability and a commitment to high standards of care are necessary to guarantee the best outcomes for patients.

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Working Conditions

 

Clinical nurse specialists in the United States are practicing in settings and areas of expertise across health care delivery systems and networks.

Clinical nursing specialists work in highly demanding environments, both physically and emotionally.

They most commonly practice in:

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Private practices

  • Schools

  • Nursing homes

  • Prisons

  • Corporations

Clinical nursing specialists are likely to be expected to work odd hours and long shifts, depending on the state of the organization they work for.

Many provide round-the-clock patient care and work nights, weekends, and holidays.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.24.2017
Clinical Nurse Specialist Maternal Child Health must have clinical expertise in Labor and Delivery; Mother/Baby experience preferred and 3-5 years in staff education or related field. NRP and BLS certification required. Masters degree required....
01.19.2017
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02.24.2017
SUMMARY: A nursing leader responsible for providing expertise in the practice of nursing to produce quality outcomes, promote evidence based practice and demonstrate cost effective practices via collaboration with the patient, nursing personnel,...
02.24.2017
This position will serve the Family Birthing Center. SUMMARY: A nursing leader responsible for providing expertise in the practice of nursing to produce quality outcomes, promote evidence based practice and demonstrate cost effective practices...
02.24.2017
This position will serve the NICU. SUMMARY: A nursing leader responsible for providing expertise in the practice of nursing to produce quality outcomes, promote evidence based practice and demonstrate cost effective practices via collaboration...
02.24.2017
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03.24.2017
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is accountable for continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care. The CNS is responsible and accountable for diagnosis and treatment of health/illness states, disease management, health promotion,...
03.22.2017
Position will support Dialysis and Vascular Surgery Support Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Provides direct/indirect specialized, comprehensive care, emphasizing health promotion, disease...
03.22.2017
Supports Wound Care Services- Hospital based position, working in collaboration with wound care team for inpatient and outpatient services. Support Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Provides...
03.22.2017
GERONTOLOGY FOCUS TO SUPPORT THE ACE UNIT Support Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Provides direct/indirect specialized, comprehensive care, emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention...
01.25.2017
Job Req ID: 123445 Position Number: 00160693 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Continuing Education Location: CHS Stanly...
03.24.2017
POSITION SUMMARY STATEMENT: The Clinical Nurse Specialist performs advanced practice nursing (clinical practice, education, consultation, collaboration and research) in assigned areas. This includes guiding the delivery of expert clinical...
02.01.2017
The Midtown Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist demonstrates clinical expertise in assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and the therapeutic management of acutely and chronically ill individuals. The NP/CNS will use research and theoretical...
03.08.2017
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03.02.2017
Department: NursingA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) works collaboratively to improve the quality of patient care and promote desired patient outcomes in a designated pediatric population/specialty...
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  2. Clinical Nurse Specialist, NICU Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
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  11. Clinical Nurse Specialist Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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