Clinical Nurse Specialist And Nurse Practitioner Role Delineation

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Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner Role Delineation Sarah Carr University of Regina Abstract Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are both considered advanced practice nurses (APNs) in Canada (Donald et al., 2010). Although these roles have existed in Canada for decades (Canadian Nurses Association, 2008), confusion still remains about the titles and exact roles that these professionals play (Donald et al., 2010). This paper will use the Saskatchewan Nursing Advanced Practice model as a framework to highlight the similarities and differences between both types of advanced practice nurse. The scope of practice, registration, education, practice settings, and effectiveness of CNSs and NPs will be examined. Although their roles overlap, CNSs and NPs have both been shown to be important members of the health care team (DiCenso & Bryant-Lukosius, 2010). Research has shown that adding CNSs and NPs to our health care system can increase patient satisfaction, decrease wait times, and decrease readmissions (DiCenso & Bryant-Lukosius, 2010). Increased public and health care professional awareness is needed to have these roles fully incorporated into our current health care system (DiCenso & Bryant-Lukosius, 2010). Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are both critical members of the health care team. However, there is often confusion about the titles and roles of
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