Clinical nurse specialists can be a major resource in the care and management of patients with chronic conditions. This is the top finding of the NACNS Chronic Conditions Task Force and its report: Addressing the Needs of Patients with Chronic Conditions: The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist.
After an extensive literature review, input from the expertise of CNSs from across the United States, feedback at national conference forums, the integration of competencies and a comprehensive examination of related definitions and concepts, the NACNS Chronic Conditions Task Force concludes that CNSs are uniquely prepared to manage patients with chronic conditions, lead collaboration within and across health care settings and serve as the bridge between disciplines.
The spectrum of chronic conditions and the complexities of navigating the health care system require an advanced skill set and high level of knowledge to care for these patients as they transition in and out of environments along their wellness continuum. The overlapping CNS spheres of influence affecting the patient, nursing practice and broader system are key elements of the strategic approach clinical nurse specialists use to effectively manage patients with chronic conditions and reduce costs for the health care system.
The educational preparation for, the required competencies and spheres of influence that guide, and the research that validates the CNS model of care favor the CNS role as one that is uniquely prepared to provide, coordinate and manage care for patients with chronic co-morbid conditions across health care settings.
The report includes information on the legislative and policy implications of CNSs taking a larger role in chronic care management, a discussion of how the spheres of influence impact management and care coordination, issues for CNS practice and education, and recommendations.
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