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The Clinical Nurse Specialist Handbook, Second Edition

Author(s): Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, APRN-BC, CNS, La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences - Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
  • ISBN-13: 9780763761141
  • ISBN-10:0763761141
  • Paperback    386 pages      © 2010
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The Clinical Nurse Specialist Handbook, Second Edition is a comprehensive resource designed exclusively for clinical nurse specialists. Completely revised and updated, it delves more deeply into topics covered in the first edition, winner of the 2007 AJN Book of the Year award.


As the CNS role continues to evolve, opportunities and challenges will emerge. Readers gain valuable insight and learn effective strategies to manage the day-to-day responsibilities and complexities associated with continuous quality improvement, patient safety initiatives, chairing meetings, and teaching.

The text provides practical advice using real-world CNS scenarios to facilitate learning and positively influence care outcomes. It also contains information and tools to help students expand their knowledge and succeed professionally. Chapters address issues such as workplace violence, professional and personal development, and performance appraisal.

The book’s conversational approach masters complex topic discussions and thoroughly engages readers. It serves as a valuable resource for CNS graduate students and faculty as well as new-to-practice CNSs, providing:

  •  Practical suggestions, resources, and examples
  • Case studies of real-life hospital situations
  • Newly revised PowerPoint slides to help educators initiate discussions

View Sample Chapters 

Chapter  1  Strategic Career Planning: Professional and Personal Development: Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Chapter  2  Communication Strategies and Tips: Avoiding Problems;
Chapter  3  Influencing Healthcare Quality: Educating Patients, Nurses, and Students Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Chapter  4  Mastering Performance Appraisal: Tips for the CNS Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Chapter  5  CNSs and Difficult Clinician–Patient Situations: Strategies for Success Zane Robinson Wolf, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chapter  6  The Clinical Nurse Specialist Consultant Role: Issues and Pragmatics Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP
Chapter  7  Workplace Violence: Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Place to Work Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Chapter  8  Influencing Outcomes: Improving Quality at the Point of Care Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Chapter  9  Patient Safety: Preventing Unintended Consequences and Reducing Errors Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Chapter  10  The Basics of Nursing Business Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC Mary Beth Kingston, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, APRN-BC, CNS-La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences - Albert Einstein Healthcare Network


Dr. Zuzelo has practiced as an acute care nurse for over twenty-five years. She received her BSN in 1981 from The Pennsylvania State University. In 1986, she graduated with an MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed doctor studies at Widener University in 1998. Dr. Zuzelo has been a professor at La Salle University for the past nine years and has coordinated the CNS track during this time. She is a board certified medical-surgical CNS and holds a joint appointment with Albert Einstein Healthcare Network as the Associate Director of Nursing for Research. In this capacity, she continues to work closely with CNSs.


Dr. Zuzelo is actively involved in the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and founded the Delaware Valley NACNS Networking Group which she continues to co-chair. Dr. Zuzelo has continued to practice while teaching, most recently practicing as an emergency trauma nurse. Dr. Zuzelo teaches the final year of the CNS track, including didactic and clinical content. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate research, acute care nursing, and health promotion/physical assessment, She lives in the Bucks County region of Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty years, two teenage sons, and an assortment of pets.


The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763761141

Slides in PowerPoint Format