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Clinical Nurse Specialists

Also called: Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care Unit Clinical Nurse Specialist

Where in the Army? In the Army: Medical Surgical Nurse; Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nurse

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.
On the job, you would:
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.
  • Provide consultation to other health care providers in areas such as patient discharge, patient care, or clinical procedures.
  • Develop or assist others in development of care and treatment plans.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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