10.27.27.04

.04 Scope of Practice.

A. The practice of the clinical nurse specialist:

(1) Encompasses the continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care;

(2) Shall be in accordance with the core competencies and behaviors specified by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists or other national certifying body recognized by the Board;

(3) Includes creating therapeutic environments through mentoring and system changes; and

(4) Includes practicing with individual clients, families, groups, and populations of clients.

B. The practice of the clinical nurse specialist includes creating therapeutic environments through mentoring and system changes to:

(1) Empower clinical nurse specialists to develop caring, evidence-based practices;

(2) Facilitate ethical decision making;

(3) Respond to diversity; and

(4) Alleviate patient distress.