The development of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) in intellectual disability nursing in Ireland

Doody, Owen, Slevin, Eamonn and Taggart, Laurence (2012) The development of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) in intellectual disability nursing in Ireland. pp. 163-172. ISSN 17446295


Since the commencement of intellectual disability nurse training in 1959, both education and service provision philosophies have changed over time in Ireland. These changes have occurred in response to national and international reports and attitudes. Coinciding with the changes in education and philosophy have been the development and advancement of the intellectual disability nursing profession. Currently undergraduate intellectual disability nurse education is unique to Ireland and the United Kingdom and, similar to the developments across other disciplines of nursing, advance practice has become a focus of development. This article traces the development of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) in Ireland and identifies possible challenges and implications for future practice. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal of Intellectual Disabilities is the property of Sage Publications, Ltd. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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