A clinical nurse specialist is a nurse with a higher level of education such as a Masters of science in nursing (MSN degree) or Doctorate degree in nursing. The advanced education requirements of a clinical nurse specialist better equip them to diagnose and provide treatment for a wide range of illnesses. Clinical nurse specialists are also referred to as experts by other nurses seeking counsel in a specific area where the clinical nurse specialist is focused. Regular functions of a clinical nurse specialist include teaching, performing research, practice in a clinical setting, consulting and management. The focus of their practice can be in a certain type of medical procedure such as heart surgery or in a specific condition such as Alzheimers.

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