A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) whose career has spanned many areas, Carol B. Giomuso, MSN, APRN, CNS, talks about the CNS role and its influence in healthcare. She has recently added another aspect to her work, which supports veterans and those who care for them.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an Advanced Practice Nursing role that has been part of health care for over 60 years. The role has been widely accepted as one that significantly impacts the nation’s healthcare by providing safe, low-cost, and effective evidence-based health services. As a leader, the CNS works to advance the practice of nursing and patient care through direct care, program development, quality improvement, and research.
In over 44 years as a Registered Nurse, 39 of those as a CNS, I have been able to provide care and affect change in a wide variety of clinical areas and across the system. I am currently employed at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System in the Outpatient Medical Specialty, Surgical Specialty and Primary Care Clinics. I have been in this role for 20 years and love the diversity of working with staff in over 30 clinics, with active participation on many nursing and house-wide committees. It is rewarding to see how positive changes in working with a multidisciplinary team, and toward Pathways designation, have an impact on our veterans and the quality of care they receive.
My professional career has taken me from Critical Care to Rehab to MedSurg to Trauma and Ambulatory Care and is ever evolving. Recently I have had the opportunity to be involved with our facility’s Whole Health Program Implementation Team. As a Tai Chi practice leader, I have started an in-person and now virtual clinic for Veterans who are interested in Wellness and Self Care. During the COVID outbreak, I have been providing a virtual Tai Chi break for staff. I have always had an interest in wellness, and try to model healthy behaviors, diet and exercise in my daily life. The feedback is positive, and it is gratifying to share this practice with our nation’s heroes.