The Clinical Nurse Specialists of Manitoba Interest Group serves as a provincial voice for enhancing and promoting the valuable contributions that clinical nurse specialists make toward the health and well-being of patient populations.

The Purpose:

To ensure sustainability of the clinical nurse specialist role, scope of practice and academic job requirements.

To coordinate and develop strategies to support the practices of clinical nurse specialists in Manitoba.

To provide a forum for clinical nurse specialists to network with each other in a supportive professional environment and discuss practice issues and role development.

To influence nursing practices as it pertains to clinical nurse specialists within individual facilities, health regions, professional organizations and academic settings within Manitoba.

What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist?

A CNS is a registered nurse possessing advanced educational preparation (Master and/or Doctoral degree) and extensive clinical experience. Working under the nursing scope of practice, the CNS provides expert care for patient populations in collaboration with the health care team. The CNS plays a pivotal role in the development of clinical guidelines, promotes the use of evidence and quality improvement, provides expert support and consultation and facilitates system change.

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Membership highlight: Lisa Streeter RN MN demonstrates the influence of the Clinical Nurse Specialist. As the CNS lead for the Palliative Care Consult Team located at the HSC she models behavior and provides both formal and informal education for staff and students alike and has a very active role with medical residents/medical students during their rotation with the PCP. Within this role she models how a Clinical Nurse Specialist can help foster and maintain change in a complex health system with some of the most complex end of life patient scenarios. In addition to her role as co-chair of the WRHA PCP Nursing Practice Council she has been actively involved with the education and roll out of a Guideline for Discharge Planning for First Nations Patients Returning to Home Community for Palliative Care helping to return end of life care to indigenous communities. .