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Clinical nurse specialist, Critical care, Graduate education



  1. Wetzel, Cindy MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN
  2. Kalman, Melanie PhD, RN, CNS


This article describes the role of the clinical nurse specialist as an advanced practice nurse in critical care. The characteristics, attributes, roles, and skills of the clinical nurse specialist are presented, as well as an interview with a well-known critical care clinical nurse specialist.