Dysphagia is a major health problem associated with multiple neurological diseases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease, among others. Staff nurses lack a consistent approach to managing dysphagia patients. A dysphagia clinical nurse specialist (CNS) may facilitate a consistent approach. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the dysphagia CNS carries a caseload and serves as a liaison between the interdisciplinary team and the nursing staff to oversee dysphagia nursing care.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Helen Werner, MSN RN, at 954/983-6378. She is a nursing supervisor, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Miami, FL, and a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.
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