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Clinical Nurse Expert??

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Does anyone have any knowledge of or experience with the Clinical Nurse Expert position?  I was recently offered this position on a med surg floor within my area VA hospital, and apart from the job description and my short interview I have very limited information on the role.  This would be my first job with the VA- I'm an outsider.  It sounds like an excellent opportunity bridging nursing education department/admin and floor nursing- acting in a supportive educational role for a specific nursing unit.  I find it strange though that I can't find any more information about this specific role online.  Is it a newer position?  Infrequently staffed?  If anyone with VA hospital experience can tell me more from an insider's perspective, I would really appreciate it!  From the little I know, it's seems like a dream gig.  If I jump ship from the private sector RN job I currently have, I'm looking at a $12,000-15,000 annual pay cut.  Worth it??  

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You need to look at benefits and long term pay raises in order to make up your mind. 

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llg has 43 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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Do you mean "Clinical Nurse Specialist?"     I have never heard of a "Clinical Nurse Expert" role.   Is that a job title that the VA made up?

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7 hours ago, llg said:

Do you mean "Clinical Nurse Specialist?"     I have never heard of a "Clinical Nurse Expert" role.   Is that a job title that the VA made up?

It could be. I’ve never heard of it either. I’ve hunted around online thinking maybe it was a role specific to the VA, but except for the initial job posting, I can’t find it anywhere. There is now a Clinical Nurse Expert for Psychiatric Clinics posted for the Buffalo VA, but the job description is fairly different from the position I was offered. 

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