The Scope and Variance of Clinical Nurse Specialists Job Descriptions

Cannaby, Ann Marie and Carter, Vanda and Rolland, Peter and Finn, Aimee and Owen, James (2020) The Scope and Variance of Clinical Nurse Specialists Job Descriptions. British Journal of Nursing, 29 (11). ISSN 0966-0461

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Specialist nurses have been part of the nursing workforce for decades but articulating the scope of such roles, educational requirements, professional expertise and levels of pay is still widely debated within the workplace.
This paper examines a sample of Clinical Nurse Specialist’s job descriptions (JD’s), from across the United Kingdom. One hundred job descriptions (n=100) were attained, originating from varying health care settings and audited to explore their scope and content.
In conclusion, the job descriptions showed a high level of agreement of the scope domains of a clinical nurse role but were less consistent when considering experience and educational requirements of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
1 March 2020Accepted
9 June 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Scope of practice, Core competencies, Variance
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Ann-Marie Cannaby
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 08:45
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 11:25

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