Importance of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The Nursing Times has published the following quotes from the 2014 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey

… there were also plenty of encouraging results, with more patients than ever (89%) reporting they had been given the name of a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) – up from 88% the previous year and 84% in 2010.

Ninety-one per cent said their CNS “definitely” listened carefully to them when they last spoke and that they got understandable answers to questions all or most of the time.

A key finding overall was the importance that patients placed on having access to a specialist nurse.

“At all cancers level, and for each of the 13 tumour groups, the results showed that the factor with the strongest association with high patient scores in the survey was always the presence of a clinical nurse specialist,” said the report on the survey results.

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