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Why Clinical Change Leadership Is Essential for Project Success

Gocsik, Teresa K. CRNA, MS, CPHIMS; Barton, Amy J. PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000026
DEPARTMENTS: Information Technology and the Clinical Nurse Specialist

This is the first in a 4-part series where we will explore the role of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the project lifecycle for effective technology adoption. The CNS is often called upon during major projects, such as the implementation of a new electronic health record, to play a key role in the project team. The CNS brings clinical knowledge and skills to the project team, with a particular focus on patient-centered workflows and the maintenance or improvement of the quality of care. However, CNSs may find it challenging to balance their role as members of the leadership group with the role they play in staff development and support.

Author Affiliations: Senior Manager (Ms Gocsik), Aspen Advisors, Clinical Informatics Center of Excellence, Morrison, Colorado; Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs (Ms Barton), University of Colorado College of Nursing, Centennial.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, 7983 S Trenton St, Centennial, CO 80112 (

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