The Clinical Nurse Education Specialist (CNES) for the Operating Room embodies characteristics of high level performance related to both Professional Development and Clinical Nursing Education.
The Clinical Nurse Education Specialist (CNES) is a master?s or doctoral-prepared nurse who functions as a clinical leader at a high level of performance related to nursing education, professional development, research and evidence-based practice, project management, mentoring, and coaching. The CNES oversees nursing role development, competency management, orientation, and translation of the best evidence into nursing practice in support of achieving safe, quality patient care. They serve as a vital liaison to communicate and negotiate multiple perspectives in the organization. Doing so in a respectful and effective manner allows them to advocate for and achieve positive change, optimal care delivery, and an engaged nursing team. The CNES (a) drives change within the organization through effective communication and clinical judgement; (b) applies critical thinking and analytical skills to design and implement initiatives; and (c) partners effectively with clinical teams.
The CNES demonstrates a strong knowledge base within a clinical specialty area and is self-directed and purposeful in maintaining current professional knowledge and competence within that specialty. Leveraging advanced education and training, they are accountable for leading nursing practice by supporting nurses who care for patients at the bedside and driving practice change at the unit, service line, entity, and system levels.
The CNES utilizes best evidence and process improvement/quality improvement methodologies to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Applying critical thinking and analytic skills, the CNES designs and implements change initiatives for improving nursing practice. As a leader, the CNES guides the interprofessional team in elevating nursing practice. The CNES also values and participates in knowledge sharing in local, state, and/or national forums.
The CNES fosters the development of nurses and members of other disciplines through clinical support, coaching, teaching, and mentoring. They engage the interprofessional team through feedback, bidirectional communication, and shared decision making. The CNES has accountabilities to new hires and the ongoing development of clinical nurses, providing support that promotes recruitment and retention.