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