The gerontological clinical nurse specialist's role in prevention, early recognition, and management of delirium in hospitalized older adults.

Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE, USA.
Urologic nursing: official journal of the American Urological Association Allied 01/2011; 31(6):337-42; quiz 343.
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ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to describe the role of the acute care gerontological clinical nurse specialist (GCNS) and provide an exemplar of using GCNS expertise in the implementation of gerontological nursing best practices in hospitalized patients with delirium.

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