Clinical Nurse Specialist, the Bridge for Patients to System, Nurses to System, and Nurses to Patients: Findings of a Qualitative Study

Saunders, Mitzi M.

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) role was defined and approved in 2010 on a national level. Since then, the University of Detroit Mercy has graduated 46 of these advanced practice nurses. Documenting the work and outcomes of this provider is critical to understanding the impact they make on care to validate and substantiate the role. Twelve AGCNSs were interviewed after working in the role for a minimum of 6 months. The overarching theme identified was being a clinical expert to support the nurse and nursing practice to achieve quality patient care outcomes. The findings yield strong support for this role as the advanced practice nurse who has "nurse as patient" as its primary focus. 

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