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Use of a relational database program for quantification of the CNS role.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical nurse specialist CNS
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
6
Pages
301–308
Identifiers
PMID: 9060260
Source
Medline

Abstract

In the current state of flux and economic retrenchment in the healthcare system, clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are challenged to clearly define their contribution to high quality patient care services. Systems for documenting and reporting on CNS activities that are flexible, easy to use, and do not require extensive time commitments to use are needed. A systematic approach for developing a tool to collect data about the CNS role is presented. This tool can be used with an adaptation of computerized relational database technology that can handle the inputting, managing, and reporting of data collected about the CNS roles and associated activities. A relational database computer software application can run on a personal computer or laptop. When applied to structural evaluation of the CNS role, this system has potential for quickly and effectively performing periodic evaluations that clearly document how CNS time is spent. An accurate and usable database of CNS activities is a critical step toward demonstrating whether or not the CNS is performing appropriate functions and establishes a foundation of critical information for further evaluation of process and outcome data. Further exploration of this technology through experience in its applied use is needed.

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