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The clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner roles: room for both or take your pick?

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posted on 2006-12-01, 00:00 authored by S Elsom, B Happell, Elizabeth ManiasElizabeth Manias
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to contribute to pertinent discussions regarding advanced practice nursing roles. In particular discussion will focus on the potential implications for the developing nurse ractitioner (NP) role on the existing clinical nurse specialist (CNS) roles. SETTING: The literature presented originates primarily from the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom and Australia. Specific emphasis is placed on the psychiatric/mental health nursing context. PRIMARY ARGUMENT: Amidst the confusion in terminology to describe and explain advanced, expanded or extended nursing roles, and to distinguish between the clinical nurse specialist and the nurse practitioner, there is a need to establish clarity. The need for both clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner roles has been hotly debated in the USA. CONCLUSIONS: The roles of clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner may be complementary but fulfil different functions. It is therefore important that both roles be maintained and implemented in response to consumer and health service needs.

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Journal

Australian journal of advanced nursing

Volume

24

Issue

2

Pagination

56 - 59

Publisher

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation

Location

Kingston, A.C.T.

ISSN

0813-0531

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing

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