Please explain what a CNS/CNL is to me?

  1. Hello, my name is Melanie. I am a RVT in GA. Could someone please explain what a clinical nurse is, as in scope of practice, education level, and other things of that nature? I am trying to get a comparison chart of human medicine vs. veterinary medicine together to help promote, regulate, and standardize our field of medicine.
    Any help would be great!!
    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
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  3. by   WashYaHands
    I've never heard of an official credential for a CNL, but according to a previous thread here it stands for Clinical Nurse Leader and is being considered as an advanced practice nurse credential.

    Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are licensed registered nurses who have graduate preparation (Master or Doctorate) in nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

    Clinical Nurse Specialists are expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice. The specialty may be identified in terms of:

    A Population (e.g. pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health)

    A Setting (e.g. critical care, emergency room)

    A Disease or Medical Subspecialty (e.g. diabetes, oncology)

    A Type of Care (e.g. psychiatric, rehabilitation)

    A Type of Problem (e.g. pain, wounds, stress)
    Clinical Nurse Specialists practice in a wide variety of health care settings.

    In addition to providing direct patient care, Clinical Nurse Specialists influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staffs and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems.

    Clinical Nurse Specialist practice integrates nursing practice, which focuses on assisting patients in the prevention or resolution of illness, with medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury and disability.

    Research about Clinical Nurse Specialist practice demonstrates
    outcomes such as:
    Reduced Hospital Costs and Length of Stay
    Reduced Frequency of Emergency Room Visits
    Improved Pain Management Practices
    Increased Patient Satisfaction with Nursing Care
    Reduced Medical Complications in Hospitalized Patients