Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) work with and through other nurses as well as interprofessional team members to advance nursing practice, improve outcomes, and provide clinical expertise to effect system-wide changes to improve programs of care. They practice across the continuum and through 3 spheres of influence, encompassing the patient, nurse, and system. Clinical nurse specialists possess expertise in developing and refining structures, strategies, and processes to optimize outcomes at both the unit (micro) level and the organization or system (macro) level. This unique vantage point positions CNSs as ideal individuals to assume several key roles when a health care organization makes the decision to embark on the Magnet journey and to maintain Magnet recognition. The competence and competencies of CNSs and a health care organization’s desire to achieve and/or maintain Magnet recognition represent a synergistic match.

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