Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-BC CCRN, Dr. Janet Fulton, PhD, CNS
Springer Publishing Company, Mar 2, 2009 - Medical - 192 pages

"This is a valuable resource for new clinical nurse specialists as they begin their journey. It provides excellent guidance that will help new graduates as they negotiate new positions and develop new roles in healthcare organizations."Score: 95, 4 stars


The Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit serves as a one-stop, all-inclusive guide designed for novice Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) just getting started in this exciting new career. Organized in an easy-to-use, bullet-point format, this book contains 6 key sections:

  • Getting Started presents valuable information on negotiating and securing a job, with tips for interviews and the application process
  • Moving Forward provides advice on establishing credibility in the field, prioritizing, and finding a mentor
  • Gaining Momentum contains guidelines on mentoring staff, leading groups, and precepting students
  • Evaluation sets forth critical information on how to document and measure clinical outcomes
  • Reaching Out describes how to network with professional organizations and community agencies
  • Professional Recognition provides practical guidance on applying for reimbursement and pursuing certification and licensure

With numerous clinical examples, case scenarios, and personal anecdotes culled from the contributors' own professional experiences, this toolkit serves as an insightful, authoritative resource for all CNS students and practitioners. Seasoned CNSs looking to expand their knowledge of the field will also want to add this book to their collection.


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Moving Forward
Gaining Momentum
Reaching Out
Professional Recognition

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