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Clinical nurse specialist: walking the wire


Bull, R and Hart, G, Clinical nurse specialist: walking the wire, Contemporary Nurse, 4, (1) pp. 25-32. ISSN 1037-6178 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.4.1.25


Considered by many to be the panacea for all nursing's problems, the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) has only recently gained widespread recognition as a legitimate role in Australia. The CNS is the equivalent in other states and territories of the clinical nurse consultant, the charge nurse or the nurse unit manager. Implementation of the role has been complicated by inadequately delineated role functions, unrealistic expectations and limited recognition of clinical expertise. Using both quantitative and qualitative exploratory techniques it was found that three critical themes impinged in a negative way on the effectiveness of the CNS. These were role ambiguity, role overload and the ‘paradox of power’. Maintaining clinical expertise in the practice setting is essential for high quality cost effective and autonomous nursing care and this can be provided through the effective implementation of the CNS role. © 1995, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bull, R (Professor Rosalind Bull)
ID Code:9296
Year Published:1995
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-30

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