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Clinical Nurse Specialists

Direct nursing staff in the provision of patient care in a clinical practice setting, such as a hospital, hospice, clinic, or home. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.
    • Develop nursing service philosophies, goals, policies, priorities, or procedures.
    • Develop and maintain departmental policies, procedures, objectives, or patient care standards, based on evidence-based practice guidelines or expert opinion.
    • Direct or supervise nursing care staff in the provision of patient therapy.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
    • Instruct nursing staff in areas such as the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of disability, illness, management, technology, or resources.
    • Provide coaching and mentoring to other caregivers to help facilitate their professional growth and development.
    • Maintain departmental policies, procedures, objectives, or infection control standards.
    • Develop, implement, or evaluate standards of nursing practice in specialty area, such as pediatrics, acute care, and geriatrics.
    • Provide consultation to other health care providers in areas such as patient discharge, patient care, or clinical procedures.
    • Make clinical recommendations to physicians, other health care providers, insurance companies, patients, or health care organizations.
    • Plan, evaluate, or modify treatment programs, based on information gathered by observing and interviewing patients or by analyzing patient records.
    • Develop or assist others in development of care and treatment plans.
    • Provide specialized direct and indirect care to inpatients and outpatients within a designated specialty, such as obstetrics, neurology, oncology, or neonatal care.
    • Monitor or evaluate medical conditions of patients in collaboration with other health care professionals.
    • Design evaluation programs regarding the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice or organizational systems.
    • Coordinate or conduct educational programs or in-service training sessions on topics, such as clinical procedures.
    • Observe, interview, and assess patients to identify care needs.
    • Lead nursing department implementation of, or compliance with, regulatory or accreditation processes.
    • Present clients with information required to make informed health care and treatment decisions.
    • Participate in clinical research projects, such as by reviewing protocols, reviewing patient records, monitoring compliance, and meeting with regulatory authorities.
    • Chair nursing departments or committees.
    • Design patient education programs that include information required to make informed health care and treatment decisions.
    • Provide direct care by performing comprehensive health assessments, developing differential diagnoses, conducting specialized tests, or prescribing medications or treatments.
    • Prepare reports to document patients' care activities.
    • Write nursing orders.
    • Identify training needs or conduct training sessions for nursing students or medical staff.
    • Perform discharge planning for patients.
    • Teach patient education programs that include information required to make informed health care and treatment decisions.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 67580/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 32.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 127,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 8,360

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking

    Tools

    • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
    • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
    • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P
    • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
    • Arterial line catheters

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Electronic mail software

    Tags

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.

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