Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

An Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is prepared as an advanced practice nurse. The CNS is ready to provide expert delivery of complex and multifaceted care in diverse types of clinical settings. The advanced practice nursing skills are strongly based on knowledge and in the practice of pathophysiology and advanced health assessment techniques. Students develop a firm understanding of the utilization of nursing theory and its application to the practice of nursing as a clinical specialist.

The implementation of the traditional subroles of CNS (expert practitioner, education, leader/manager, consultant, and researcher) is explored within the ever-changing health care environment. Major emphasis is placed on case management, organizational dynamics and health care delivery systems. The student learns the interaction of the CNS role in organizational dynamics.

Clinical practice and CNS experience are developed through mentoring relationships with faculty and preceptors. Students are able to select from varied clinical settings with a wide framework of health care delivery systems. Adaptability to change is emphasized within parameters of professional development, and the ability to impact the delivery of patient care over time.

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For more information, please contact the Nursing Department at 912.344.2553


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