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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Stroke

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Public Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research & Development
  • Education
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing
  • Public Health Nursing


  • Hospital Care
  • Community/Primary Care
  • Independent/Voluntary Sector
  • Education Provider

Job/Role Summary

Follow up of all patients diagnosed with stroke/TIA for holistic assessment, secondary stroke prevention, onward referrals to statutory and volunatry organisations. Teaching, training, update qualified nursing staff re stroke. Development of protocols/guidelines (nursing). Care of family, carers, ensure their needs are met.


Specific qualifications and experience required

RGN Community Nursing Specialist Practice - Stroke


Career Milestones

Working as a District Nursing Sister fine tuned my communication and interpersonal skills. Psychosocial consequences of stroke impact on role, identity - not just seen as deficits or residual impairments. I became much more sensitised to the experiences of people with stroke and their families and saw at first hand the longer term effects.


What attracted you to this job?

  • Specialised in an area of interest, focused
  • Enabled me to immerse myself in a specific area
  • Presented me with teaching opportunites .
  • Presented me with learning opportunites for my own development



Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Clinical role,
  • Health education
  • Setting goals with families - seeing those achieved and ultimately seeing a person's risk of recurrent stroke reduced
  • Sharing of information
  • Empathising
  • Counselling
  • Therapeutic relationship with clients


Important success factors

  • Support guidance from Nurse Consultant for older people from the trust - instrumental
  • Feedback from patients (audit) - evidence of practice
  • Managerial support - praise for pieces of work which have gone well - belief


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

  • Be prepared for conflict, how best to manage it, network, take 'a little at a time'
  • Be flexible - adapt to changes but simultaneously maintain priorities and don't lose sight of aims
  • Ensure clerical/administration support comes with the post to improve effectiveness of role and good usage of time


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Multi-tasking
  • Prioritising
  • Working to deadlines
  • Networking regionally (benefits are huge)
  • Experience from undertaking research (MSc)
  • Audit (within the trust) - I practice across Trust boundaries (both primary and secondary care) - I see whole picture


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