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Organizational Strategies to Recruit Clinical Nurse Specialists

Scherff, Pamela MSN, RN; Siclovan, Danielle MSN, RN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2009 - Volume 39 - Issue 1 - p 14-18
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31818e9d45
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There is strong evidence of the value of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role in the acute care environment. Individual hospitals may encounter barriers in recruiting qualified CNSs. The authors discuss one organization's journey to increase recruitment of CNSs through the implementation of a service-line-specific role and a formal staff development program. The number of CNSs in the organization increased with these interventions.

Authors' Affiliation: Director Cardiovascular and Surgical Nursing (Ms Scherff), Director Neuro/Spine/ General Rehabilitation Nursing (Ms Siclovan), Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Corresponding author: Ms Scherff, Froedtert Hospital, 9200 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (pscherff@fmlh.edu).

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.