Advanced practice as a CNS involves practicing nursing within the three spheres of influence (patient, nurse, organization system) in order to operationalize five CNS role components: expert practitioner, educator, consultant, researcher and clinical leader.
As expert practitioner, CNSs provide direct and indirect care to specialized populations. As educators, CNSs teach patients, families, staff nurses, students, and communities regarding health.
As consultants, CNSs assist with problem solving regarding patient care including facilitating support groups and establishing health care programs. CNSs also assist with research and promote research dissemination and evidence-based practice in the practice arena. As clinical leaders, CNSs are responsible for program development, quality improvement processes, and managerial operation and activities.
Students in the Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of San Diego are able to focus in different areas of adult-health such as critical care, emergency, medical-surgical and palliative care. In addition, students may take elective courses in nursing education theory and teaching practicum as well as health care informatics.
- Use a holistic perspective in the advanced nursing management of health, illness, and disease states to promote health or well-being and improve the quality of life of patients, families, and groups of patients.
- Consult with patient, staff, or other professionals to assist with complex problem solving.
- Manage change to influence clinical practice and political processes both within and cross systems.
- Empower others to influence clinical practice and political processes both within and across systems.
- Work jointly with others to optimize clinical outcomes using authentic engagement and constructive patient, family, system, and population-focused problem-solving.
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- Specialty Role and Practice Foundation
- Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research
- Adult Gerontology: CNS Practice in Individual Patient Sphere
- Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems
- Introduction to Health Care Information Management
- Adult Gerontology: CNS Practice in Nurse Sphere
- Adult Gerontology: CNS Practice in Nurse Sphere Practicum
- 24 months
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- BSN degree from an approved, accredited college or university
- Unencumbered, active California RN license
- One year of clinical experience preferred
- Basic statistics course
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completion of the university application for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program
- One official transcript from each college or university attended
- (An official evaluation by World Education Services is required for all international transcripts.)
- Three professional recommendations
International1580 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1580 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
National1580 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1580 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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