The Clinical Nurse Specialists of Manitoba Interest Group serves as a provincial voice for enhancing and promoting the valuable contributions that clinical nurse specialists make toward the health and well-being of patient populations.

The Purpose:

To ensure sustainability of the clinical nurse specialist role, scope of practice and academic job requirements.

To coordinate and develop strategies to support the practices of clinical nurse specialists in Manitoba.

To provide a forum for clinical nurse specialists to network with each other in a supportive professional environment and discuss practice issues and role development.

To influence nursing practices as it pertains to clinical nurse specialists within individual facilities, health regions, professional organizations and academic settings within Manitoba.



What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist?

A CNS is a registered nurse possessing advanced educational preparation (Master and/or Doctoral degree) and extensive clinical experience. Working under the nursing scope of practice, the CNS provides expert care for patient populations in collaboration with the health care team. The CNS plays a pivotal role in the development of clinical guidelines, promotes the use of evidence and quality improvement, provides expert support and consultation and facilitates system change.


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To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has recognized
150 nurse innovators and champions in health care, two of which are from Manitoba.
Read more about it HERE.