Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) are responsible for clinical care and nursing practices in a specialized unit or clinic. Clinical nurse specialists are a type of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) with a focus on the management and improvement of nursing care and patient satisfaction within a particular clinical department such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, or oncology. They teach new techniques for patient care to nurses under their supervision, tailoring their methods according to department-specific needs. Clinical nurse specialists analyze patient results (in terms of both satisfaction and medical outcomes) and use this analysis to provide feedback and develop policies within their department. They work closely with other medical professionals to assess current patient care standards and find potential improvements. Clinical nurse specialists also provide clinical service directly to patients, giving medical assessments and nursing care.
Clinical nurse specialists generally work a full-time schedule with opportunity for overtime as needed. They may work non-standard schedule typical of many medical professionals, with nights and weekends necessary. These specialists work with a wide variety of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, technicians, and support staff to receive feedback on patient care and provide management and direction.
Clinical nurse specialists are required to hold a master’s degree in nursing. They must be certified as a registered nurse (RN) in their state and may need a specific clinical nurse specialist (CNS) certification as well. Specific experience in the clinical department they are to lead is often required.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Tasks
Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel specific patient population.
Maintain clinical practice and case management.
Educate patients, community and staff.
Conduct research in field of specialty.