Advanced practice nursing in a managed care environment—is this an oxymoron? Can these two phrases axist together? Do advanced practice nurses have a role in a managed care environment? As health-care systems continue to merge and managed care impacts the bottom line, advanced practice nurses are challenged to show their worth. In this article, the author reviews the impact managed care has had on the roles of two master’s-prepared traditional clinical nurse specialists. Included are examples of how the roles were adapted to fit in the managed care setting. The current role of the advanced practitioners is reviewed, using the common subroles as a basis for discussion. The impact of managed care on each component of the clinical nursei specialist role is identified. The author also demonstrates that advanced practice nurses can have a valuable role in the managed care environment

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