In today’s advanced practice nursing environment, with the APRN Regulatory Model defining the various APRN roles, this book is a resource for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) caring for adult patients in the acute care setting. Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults in Acute Care clearly presents the impact of the CNS on patients and families, nursing teams, and health care systems.

The book begins with a historical perspective of advanced practice nursing and the CNS role. The authors define core competencies and discuss the spheres of influence. Chapter 2 covers various concerns commonly seen in the acute care population. The next few chapters address common clinical issues such as pain, palliative and end-of-life care, caring for older adults, and psychosocial issues such as violence and substance abuse.

The last chapters of the book focus on diseases CNSs frequently encounter in the acute care setting....

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