Clinical Nurse Specialists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Advanced Practice Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes
  • Cardiology Clinical Consultant
  • Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
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What They Do

  • Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.
  • Develop or assist others in development of care and treatment plans.
  • Provide consultation to other health care providers in areas such as patient discharge, patient care, or clinical procedures.
  • Develop and maintain departmental policies, procedures, objectives, or patient care standards, based on evidence-based practice guidelines or expert opinion.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice or organizational systems.
  • Design evaluation programs regarding the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice or organizational systems.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate standards of nursing practice in specialty area such as pediatrics, acute care, and geriatrics.
  • Plan, evaluate, or modify treatment programs, based on information gathered by observing and interviewing patients or by analyzing patient records.
  • Direct or supervise nursing care staff in the provision of patient therapy.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ESC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $64,510 with most people making between $45,770 and $83,480

Outlook

12.68%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 12,212 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1,548 openings due to growth and about 2,881 replacement openings for approximately 4,429 total annual openings.



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