Exploring the Role of Canadian Clinical Nurse Specialists

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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST The Canadian health system is a growing and evolving field. According to the varying health needs of the Canadian community the health system is also improving. The health system involves theatre specialist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, speech and language therapist, paramedic, etc. When compared to the earlier days there is an increasing need for meeting the health needs but there is a decrease in the number of physicians. Hence the need for nurses who are specialised and educated in various fields are necessary in improving the health of people and also in meeting the growing health needs. According to the International Council of Nurses “Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles”. There is a requirement for specialty nurse with speciality education in meeting the needs of the demand of health care. Clinical Nurse Specialist is an important personnel who has a huge role. According to the International Council of Nurses (2008), advanced nursing practice is an umbrella term comprising the roles of the Clinical Nurse
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