Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses (RNs) with graduate education (most have master’s degrees) and clinical competency to provide advanced nursing services in a specialty based on population, setting, disease/medical subspecialty, type of care or type of problem.  Expertise includes direct clinical practice, coaching and guidance, collaboration, consultation, research, leadership and ethical decision-making.  This unique role aims to integrate care across the continuum through three spheres of influence—patient, nurse and system—with a primary goal of continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care through evidence-based nursing interventions.

[There are approximately 75,000 CNSs practicing in the U.S.]

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (http://www.nacns.org)


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