Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialists, Synergy for Best Practices

Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialists

Synergy for Best Practices

By American Association of Critical-Care Nurses


Foreword

Preface


Part I

Chapter 1: The CNS in Acute and Critical Care

Historical Perspectives: Mandate for Quality in Acute and Critical Care

Format for Chapter:

I. Evolution of the CNS

a. Acute and Critical Care?an overview

b. CNS role development

II. Theoretical perspectives

a. Definition of advanced practice

b. Related literature and research

III. Educational preparation

a. American Association of Colleges of Nursing perspective

b. Regulatory perspectives

IV. Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for the CNS

a. Development

b. Implementation

V. Regulation of CNS practice

Chapter 2: From Novice to Expert: CNS Competencies

I. Theoretical perspectives

a. Models

b. Framework for practice

II. Review of the Literature

a. CNS in education

b. CNS in practice

III. Practice implications

a. Developmental activities

IV. Strategies to successful development of the CNS

a. Goal setting

b. Networking

c. Mentoring

Chapter 3: Synergy Model: Guiding the Practice of the CNS in Acute and Critical Care

I. Synergy Model Defined

a. Patient needs/nurse characteristics?a match

b. Applicability to the CNS

II. Dimensions of Practice

a. Dimensions defined

III. Standards of Professional Performance

a. Standards of Performance defined

Chapter 4: Spheres of Influence: Defining the Impact of the CNS

I. Spheres of Influence for the CNS

a. Different perspectives

i. ANA

ii. NACNS

iii. AACN

II. Patient/Family

III. Nursing personnel

IV. Organizational systems

V. CNS Making the difference

Part II
Dimensions of Practice for the CNS in Acute and Critical Care: Synergy in Motion


Chapter 5: Clinical Judgment

Chapter 6: Clinical Inquiry

Chapter 7: Facilitator of Learning

Chapter 8: Collaboration

Chapter 9: Systems Thinking

Chapter 10: Advocacy/moral agency

Chapter 11: Caring Practices

Chapter 12: Response to Diversity

Part III
Professional Development of the CNS in Acute and Critical Care


Chapter 13: Professional Growth

I. Mandate for professionalism

a. Life long learning

b. Dissemination of information

II. Professional responsibilities

a. Organizations

Chapter 14: Expanded Opportunities for the CNS In Acute and Critical Care

I. CNS in industry

II. CNS as entrepreneur

III. CNS in private practice

IV. CNS in research

V. CNS in faculty

Chapter 15: Issues and Future Trends

I. Issues in CNS practice

a. Educational

b. Ethical

c. Practice

II. Future trends in CNS practice

a. Resurgence

b. Growth while maintaining quality

c. Research

Appendix

A. Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for the Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

B. CCNS examination blueprint