Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit

SKU# 9780826118356

A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist


  • Melanie Duffy MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS
  • Susan Dresser MSN, APRN-BC CCRN
  • Janet Fulton PhD, CNS
Also see: the Second Edition

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This is a valuable resource for new clinical nurse specialists as they begin their journey. It provides excellent guidance that will help new graduates as they negotiate new positions and develop new roles in healthcare organizations.Score: 95, 4 stars


The Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit serves as a one-stop, all-inclusive guide designed for novice Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) just getting started in this exciting new career. Organized in an easy-to-use, bullet-point format, this book contains 6 key sections:

  • Getting Started presents valuable information on negotiating and securing a job, with tips for interviews and the application process
  • Moving Forward provides advice on establishing credibility in the field, prioritizing, and finding a mentor
  • Gaining Momentum contains guidelines on mentoring staff, leading groups, and precepting students
  • Evaluation sets forth critical information on how to document and measure clinical outcomes
  • Reaching Out describes how to network with professional organizations and community agencies
  • Professional Recognition provides practical guidance on applying for reimbursement and pursuing certification and licensure

With numerous clinical examples, case scenarios, and personal anecdotes culled from the contributors' own professional experiences, this toolkit serves as an insightful, authoritative resource for all CNS students and practitioners. Seasoned CNSs looking to expand their knowledge of the field will also want to add this book to their collection."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 02, 2009
  • Page Count 192
  • Product Form Spiral bound
  • ISBN 13 9780826118356
  • EISBN 9780826118363

About The Author(s) 

Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS,

is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in critical care at Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and adjunct faculty at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. She is a past president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and cochairs the Legislative/Regulatory Committee of NACNS. She is a member of other professional organizations including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Nurses Association (ANA). Her professional influence has been in promoting the role, practice, and leadership aspects of the CNS. She has been an active presenter at national, state, and local meetings. Ms. Duffy was actively involved in gaining title recognition in Pennsylvania for the CNS and is currently working on legislation to implement a scope of practice for the CNS in Pennsylvania.

Susan Dresser, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN,

currently teaches in the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) program at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing in Oklahoma City. She is a past secretary and board member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and a past president of the Oklahoma Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Ms. Dresser is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and has served as president, secretary, and chair of the Program Committee in the Oklahoma City chapter. She has held multiple positions as a critical care and cardiovascular CNS throughout her career. She obtained her MSN in the adult critical care CNS program at Duke University and is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing.

Table of Contents 

Unit I - Getting Started
Chapter 1 - Negotiating a Job
Chapter 2 - Creating a Job Description
Chapter 3 - Finding a Place in the Organization
Chapter 4 - Working with 'The Boss'
Unit II - Going Forward
Chapter 5 - Learning the Ropes: Orientation
Chapter 6 - Establishing Credibility
Chapter 7 - Prioritizing: Avoiding Over Commitment and Underachievement
Chapter 8 - Finding a Mentor
Chapter 9 - Using the Web: Guide to Web-based Resources
Unit III - Gaining Momentum
Chapter 10 - Leading Groups
Chapter 11 - Mentoring Staff
Chapter 12 - Precepting Students
Unit IV - Evaluation
Chapter 13 - Documenting Clinical Outcomes
Chapter 14 - Communicating Results: Who Needs to Know What
Unit V: Reaching Out
Chapter 15 - Becoming Involved with Professional Organizations
Chapter 16 - Reaching out to Community Agencies
Chapter 17 - Networking
Unit VI: Professional Recognition
Chapter 18 - Obtaining Certification: Considering the Options
Chapter 19 - Navigating the Privileging and Credentialing Process
Chapter 20 - Qualifying for Reimbursement
Chapter 21 - Secrets for a Joyful Life as a CNS

Related Blog Posts 

An Interview with Melanie Duffy, Co-Editor of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit

At the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) conference, we spoke with Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, co-editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Read our interview below:   Springer... Read More