Clinical Nurse Specialists

Occupation Information table
Overview: Direct nursing staff in the provision of patient care in a clinical practice setting, such as a hospital, hospice, clinic, or home. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.
Duties: Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice or organizational systems. Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care. Develop and maintain departmental policies, procedures, objectives, or patient care standards, based on evidence-based practice guidelines or expert opinion. Develop nursing service philosophies, goals, policies, priorities, or procedures. Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing. Instruct nursing staff in areas such as the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of disability, illness, management, technology, or resources.
Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.
Starting Salary: The mean salary for Clinical Nurse Specialists is $77,460.
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: Projected job openings (2019-2029): 175,900
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.