A Clinical Nurse Specialist is an expert at diagnosing and treating illness in their area of expertise. Clinical Nurse Specialists focus on one of three main specialty areas: patients and their families, nurse management, and administration. The rest of the nursing staff looks to the Clinical Nurse Specialist for guidance in their practice and help with efficiency in the workplace.
Things You'll Do:
- Clinical practice
Your job characteristics:
Get YourBachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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Get YourMaster of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis on a Clinical Nurse Specialty
Pass YourNational Nurses Licensing Exam
Pass YourCertified Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification exam
Become aClinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Nursing Notes Live
Interview with Susan Bruce, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology
An OncologySee her story
I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse. I thought I wanted to be a bedside pediatric nurse, however I found that what I really loved...
- Outpatient facilities
- Home care systems
How Much You
an average salary of$62K - $79Kfind salary by state
What Else You
- 19% more jobs from 2008-2018
- You’ll be making primary decisions and solving problems regarding patients.
- Clinical Nurse Specialists are in high demand because they can provide specialized care for patients for less than the cost of hiring a physician.