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Clinical Nurse Specialists

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Meet our Clinical Nurse Specialists. Learn about their roles and responsibilities. Find out who is the best person to contact for your individual needs.

Clinical Nurse Specialists are Drivers

  • They help improve the continuity of the patient journey
  • They are instrumental in the strategic development to meet DHB annual plans

Use them as they...

  • Provide role complementarity
  • Improve effectiveness
  • Improve knowledge and skills of staff
  • Adhere to best practice guidelines "Trust us we know what we are doing!"
  • Make the best use of resources
  • Provide an integrated continuum of care

CNSs contribute to improving health and reducing morbidity through:

  • Provision of specialist clinical nursing:
    • assessment / intervention / evaluation / education / coordination Team work
  • Support and education of patients and colleagues
  • Service co-ordination and development
  • Promotion of best practice

Quality Outcomes

  • Hospital admissions rates
  • Community awareness
  • National benchmarking
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Resource utilisation
  • Implement of best practice guidelines
  • Growth in level of types of service
  • Meeting targeted contractual obligations FSA's / ESP's

History of Clinical Nurse Specialists at the West Coast DHB

History of Clinical Nurse Specialists - Timeline, Part 1

History of Clinical Nurse Specialists - Timeline, Part 2

Introducing our Clinical Nurse Specialists

Infection Control Officer

  • To reduce infections and cross contaminations
  • Close surveillance of multi drug resistant organisms, surgical site infections
  • Education of staff, patients and non-DHB providers

Sexual Health Nurse Specialists

  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (Under Standing Orders)
  • Education and contact tracing services
  • Provide emergency contraception

Clinical Nurse Manager Cervical Screening / Sexual Health

  • Coordinates National Cervical Screening programme and Sexual Health Services
  • Provides smear taking service according to national priorities and where choice of female smear taker is not available

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

  • Co-ordinate the diabetic management and education of acute patients
  • Educate people and significant others in primary health
  • Supportive role to G.P and practice nurses in diabetic management

Respiratory Nurse Specialists

  • Est. 1996 to reduce the number of hosp admissions
  • Improvement of health outcomes/quality of life
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Educate staff in respiratory trends
  • Participate and initiate respiratory health promotion

AT&R Nurse Specialist

  • Facilitates discharges from AT&R
  • Community Assessments
  • Community Follow-up

Oncology Nurse Specialist

  • Coordination of oncology care services across secondary and primary services
  • Coordination of nurse-led chemotherapy clinic
  • Educator in my speciality works closely with MDT involvement with cancer patients from start to end of illness trajectory

Clinical Nurse Educators

  • Education provision/organisation for staff and patients
  • One on one or groups
  • Role models
  • Quality audits to identify learning needs
  • Needs identified by CCN's
  • PDRP Assessor

Cardiac Nurse Specialists

  • Co-ordinate the management¬†of cardiac patients (acute coronary syndrome, post cardiac surgery and heart failure)
  • Education of acute and post discharge cardiac patients
  • Supportive role to GP, primary care nurses, client and their¬†family/whanau in condition management and cardiac risk reduction

Occupational Health and Safety Nurse

  • Pre-Employment Health & Safety checks
  • Hepatitis B and Influenza vaccinations
  • Wellness/Health screening
  • Screening, such as hearing/vision for at risk areas within the DHB