This book is both a text for educating new clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and for the benefit of CNSs in practice to continue their professional development journey. While giving the history and context of the role, this edition reaches into the present and future opportunities within the health care system for the unique contributions of the CNS. As health care continues to change, so do the ways in which a CNS affects patients and families, nurses, and systems in the 3 spheres of influence.

The authors also discuss entrepreneurship, billing and reimbursement, and regulation of practice. Finally, short exemplar chapters demonstrate how the CNS role can be implemented to achieve positive outcomes in multiple settings.

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