Clinical Nursing and Healthcare

A clinical nurse, sometimes called a "clinical nurse specialist," is a highly educated nurse leader who specializes in a niche practice area. Clinical nurses support the work of other nurses and drive health care innovation within their organization and the wider community. They may also perform traditional nursing duties, including diagnosing and treating patients, but they typically focus on consulting and research.

There are a variety of patient-focused factors that clinical nurses may consider for an area of specialty, including:

  • Demographics, such as pediatrics or women's health
  • Care setting, such as the emergency room or home health
  • Care required, such as rehabilitation or psychiatric
  • Disease, such as diabetes or infectious diseases
  • Type of medical problem, such as pain or stress