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What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist?

Clinical Nurse Specialists are licensed registered nurses who have graduate preparation (Masters or Doctorate) in nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Clinical Nurse Specialists are expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice. Many Clinical Nurse Specialists are licensed to practice as Nurse Practitioners, also. The Clinical Nurse Specialist at Healthy Human Response is an expert in the area of Perioperative Nursing. She specializes in the care of patients before, during and after surgery.

Clinical Nurse Specialist practice integrates nursing practice (which focuses on assisting patients in the prevention or resolution of illness) with medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury and disability. Research about Clinical Nurse Specialist practice demonstrates outcomes such as: reduced hospital costs and length of stay, reduced frequency of emergency room visits, improved pain management practices, increased patient satisfaction with nursing care, and reduced medical complications in hospitalized patients.

For more information about Clinical Nurse Specialist practice log on to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists at http://www.nacns.org.

What is perioperative nursing?

Perioperative nursing was one of the first nursing specialties. It is focused on the care of patients who are having surgery. The term perioperative describes an episode of time that includes three phases of patient care. The preoperative phase is the time before surgery that begins when a person decides to have an operation and ends when they enter the operating room. The intraoperative phase begins when the person enters the operating room and ends when they leave the operating room. The postoperative phase begins when the person leaves the operating room and ends when they no longer require the assistance of professional healthcare providers in their recovery process.

For more information about Perioperative Nursing practice log on to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses at http://aorn.org/.

What do you mean by Active Intelligence?

The active intelligence aspect of the human spirit seeks to find meaning in life experiences. One of the tenets of holistic nursing is that human beings search for meaning in their experience of illness. The meaning an illness has for someone may be related to changes in physical/mental ability or changes in relationships. The meaning of illness is usually symbolic of spiritual growth needs. Addressing physical symptoms without taking into account the meaning an episode of illness has for the patient and their family delays the healing process. Therefore, it is important that modern healthcare providers become aware of effective methods for treating the whole person.


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