National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 2014 Annual Conference
The Best Kept Secret – The Clinical Nurse Specialist’s Contribution to Quality Care
March 6-8, 2014 Orlando, Florida
The work of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) leads to improved clinical and fiscal outcomes, streamlined health care delivery, and more effective and efficient policy implementation to enhance health care systems. This work is pivotal to achieving high quality cost effective health care. Yet too often this work occurs behind the scenes and is relatively invisible to movers, shakers and policy-makers both within and outside the organization. The goal of this conference is to “expose” the best kept secret and highlight the critical contributions of CNSs to quality care.
Innovative health care delivery in an age of health care reform and increased visibility of CNS’s practice outcomes are the watchwords for the 2014 conference. The conference will highlight novel approaches to CNS practice within the three spheres of influence: the client sphere (individual, family, community), the staff sphere (nurses, nursing practice), and organization/system sphere (Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education, 2004). Topics of interest include:
-- Assessment & Management of Pain: Focus on comprehensive approaches to pain management including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches;
-- Care transitions: Focus on practices or programs that support client populations in a variety of transitions (e.g. developmental transitions, management of health problems across systems of care);
-- Clinical Management Topic: Focus on clinical and pharmacological management.
-- Cutting Edge Issues: Member-requested presentations on cutting edge issues in: hematology, psychiatric care, diabetes, respiratory care, cardiovascular care, and autoimmune diseases, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches;
-- Costing Out Care: Focus on actual cost savings that result from CNS practices or CNS-driven programs of care;
-- Impact of State/National Policy on Health Care: Focus on changes in health care that result from policy implementation.
-- Innovations in Education: Focus on innovative educational practices or programs designed to improve health care.
-- Interprofessional Educational Initiatives: Focus on educational practices or programs that facilitate interprofessional and/or team-based approaches to health care;
-- Pharmacology for the CNS: Member-identified topics include pain medications, antimicrobial medications, cardiac medications, diabetes medications, anticoagulation medications, pulmonary medications, and neurological medications.
-- Translating Evidence into Practice: Focus on research or evidence-based translation projects that focus on one (or more) of the spheres of influence.