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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164272
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Building a Deep Bench: Recruiting, Retaining and Developing the CNS Role
Author(s):
Dubendorf, Phyllis; Muller, Anne C.; Strauss, Robyn
Author Details:
Phyllis Dubendorf, MSN, CRNP MSN, CRNP, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Anne C. Muller, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, CNS; Robyn Strauss, MSN, APRN, BC
Abstract:
Purpose: To demonstrate the usefulness of a comprehensive orientation and promotion program for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS). Significance: The dynamic clinical environment demands successful solutions to the complex problem of recruiting and retaining CNS staff. To foster a robust CNS group, solutions and strategies must be versatile enough to recruit internal candidates from experienced clinical staff and also attract external candidates. Lack of universal title protection contributes to role diffusion, contributing to fragmented influence and interpretation of domains of practice. Design: In May 2005 a critical appraisal of the current orientation and recruitment process led to several strategies. Three levels of competency were delineated and linked to established outcome measures. Levels included masters prepared CNSs, both new to practice and experienced and experienced clinical nurses enrolled in graduate study. Methods: A programmatic curriculum was developed using advanced mentorship, peer strategizing processes, formal didactic presentations and learning opportunities. Lectures and peer consultation supported role development formation and institutional cohesiveness. Understanding of the foundations and domains of CNS practice and departmental imperatives were promoted. Professional development activities were extensive. A yearly retreat relied on the group's emerging authentic leadership to direct the group's next set of goals. Findings: Results of the focused efforts among the CNS group led to the development of 15 quality initiatives, all serving to provide a comprehensive influence, improving the utilization of evidence based practice and quality of care. As a result of the emergence of the clinical leadership of the CNS, 6 Evidence Based Champion groups formed to foster the development of new practices, improve current practice and mentor clinical staff into the role of EBP practitioner. Conclusions: Developing a comprehensive plan for CNS orientation and professional development greatly enhances the influence and leadership of the entire group while also providing direction and development for individual CNSs with varied backgrounds and levels of experience. Implications for Practice: A comprehensive orientation and development program strengthens recruitment and retention of CNSs. Competency delineation, along with outcome measures, fosters the use of data to document the effectiveness of the CNS role.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2008
Conference Name:
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleBuilding a Deep Bench: Recruiting, Retaining and Developing the CNS Roleen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDubendorf, Phyllisen_US
dc.contributor.authorMuller, Anne C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorStrauss, Robynen_US
dc.author.detailsPhyllis Dubendorf, MSN, CRNP MSN, CRNP, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Anne C. Muller, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, CNS; Robyn Strauss, MSN, APRN, BCen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164272-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To demonstrate the usefulness of a comprehensive orientation and promotion program for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS). Significance: The dynamic clinical environment demands successful solutions to the complex problem of recruiting and retaining CNS staff. To foster a robust CNS group, solutions and strategies must be versatile enough to recruit internal candidates from experienced clinical staff and also attract external candidates. Lack of universal title protection contributes to role diffusion, contributing to fragmented influence and interpretation of domains of practice. Design: In May 2005 a critical appraisal of the current orientation and recruitment process led to several strategies. Three levels of competency were delineated and linked to established outcome measures. Levels included masters prepared CNSs, both new to practice and experienced and experienced clinical nurses enrolled in graduate study. Methods: A programmatic curriculum was developed using advanced mentorship, peer strategizing processes, formal didactic presentations and learning opportunities. Lectures and peer consultation supported role development formation and institutional cohesiveness. Understanding of the foundations and domains of CNS practice and departmental imperatives were promoted. Professional development activities were extensive. A yearly retreat relied on the group's emerging authentic leadership to direct the group's next set of goals. Findings: Results of the focused efforts among the CNS group led to the development of 15 quality initiatives, all serving to provide a comprehensive influence, improving the utilization of evidence based practice and quality of care. As a result of the emergence of the clinical leadership of the CNS, 6 Evidence Based Champion groups formed to foster the development of new practices, improve current practice and mentor clinical staff into the role of EBP practitioner. Conclusions: Developing a comprehensive plan for CNS orientation and professional development greatly enhances the influence and leadership of the entire group while also providing direction and development for individual CNSs with varied backgrounds and levels of experience. Implications for Practice: A comprehensive orientation and development program strengthens recruitment and retention of CNSs. Competency delineation, along with outcome measures, fosters the use of data to document the effectiveness of the CNS role.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:45:15Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:45:15Z-
dc.conference.date2008en_US
dc.conference.nameClinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellenceen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlanta, Georgia, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgiaen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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