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Clinical Nurse Specialist:
doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3182011eda
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Clinical Nurse Specialist Orientation: Ready, Set, Go!

Urden, Linda D. DNSc, RN, CNS, NE-BC, FAAN; Stacy, Kathleen M. PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN, PCCN CCNS

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Background: Both novice and experienced clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) need a consistent orientation to ensure that all in the role have the same knowledge base from an agreed upon set of role expectations.

Purpose: The purpose of this article was to describe an orientation process using the 3 spheres of CNS practice as the framework for a CNS competency validation tool that can be used in all practice specialties and settings. Additionally, the roles of CNS preceptor and CNS mentor are delineated.

Conclusions: The orientation tool based on the spheres of influence provides a thorough and consistent orientation for CNSs and may also be used as an educational tool for leadership and other staff regarding the CNS role.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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