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"Clinical Nurse Specialist"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Plan, direct, or coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Clinical Nurse Specialist"

1) Perform discharge planning for patients.

2) Prepare reports to document patients' care activities.


3) Write nursing orders.

4) Coordinate or conduct educational programs or in-service training sessions on topics such as clinical procedures.

5) Observe, interview, and assess patients to identify care needs.


6) Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice or organizational systems.

7) Provide direct care by performing comprehensive health assessments, developing differential diagnoses, conducting specialized tests, or prescribing medications or treatments.

8) Provide specialized direct and indirect care to inpatients and outpatients within a designated specialty such as obstetrics, neurology, oncology, or neonatal care.

9) Maintain departmental policies, procedures, objectives, or infection control standards.

10) Develop nursing service philosophies, goals, policies, priorities, or procedures.

11) Develop or assist others in development of care and treatment plans.

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12) Direct or supervise nursing care staff in the provision of patient therapy.

13) Identify training needs or conduct training sessions for nursing students or medical staff.

14) Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.


15) Develop, implement, or evaluate standards of nursing practice in specialty area such as pediatrics, acute care, and geriatrics.

16) Make clinical recommendations to physicians, other health care providers, insurance companies, patients, or health care organizations.

17) Plan, evaluate, or modify treatment programs based on information gathered by observing and interviewing patients, or by analyzing patient records.

18) Present clients with information required to make informed health care and treatment decisions.

19) Instruct nursing staff in areas such as the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of disability, illness, management, technology, or resources.

20) Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.

21) Monitor or evaluate medical conditions of patients in collaboration with other health care professionals.

22) Participate in clinical research projects such as by reviewing protocols, reviewing patient records, monitoring compliance, and meeting with regulatory authorities.

Job Description for "Clinical Nurse Specialist" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Clinical Nurse Specialist"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  29-1141.04


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