US Department of Defense

 

Date of this Version

2012

Citation

Perioperative Nursing Clinics 7 (2012) 343–353; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpen.2012.06.006

Abstract

  • The needs of the health care system and expectations of health care consumers can be met by an exceptionally trained Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN): the clinical nurse specialist (CNS).
  • However, role confusion related to the CNS, by developing competing roles that do not have APRN privileges, has created challenges for current and future CNSs to overcome.
  • CNSs in the United States have consistently documented outcomes including improved quality of care, decreased costs, and improved patient satisfaction.

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