Ep. 06 - The Role of a CNS & Empowering Nurses Through COVID - Scott Darrah, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG

August 3, 2021

On this episode, we welcomed special guest, Scott Darrah, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, to share his perspective on being a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and his experience working through the COVID pandemic. Scott brought his career experience into the conversation, discussing the role of a CNS, common misconceptions about the CNS role, finding empowerment in a post-COVID healthcare landscape, and more.

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) An introduction to Scott and his nursing background
  • (2:19) The role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • (12:46) Common misconceptions of the CNS role
  • (25:02) Characteristics of a successful CNS
  • (32:38) Working as a CNS during COVID
  • (43:08) Finding empowerment through COVID and beyond

About Scott Darrah, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG

Scott has been a nurse for 11 years and has bedside experience in Critical Care Medicine and Advanced Practice Experience in patient care transitions to Acute Care General Medicine. Scott leverages his experience prior to nursing school to connect with patients in genuine ways. His clinical passions lie in empowering frontline nurses to connect meaningful healthcare to their patients. Scott helped develop clinical pathways to care for COVID patients over the past year synthesizing frontline needs and interdisciplinary connectivity to produce top-decile outcomes for patients. To keep up with Scott’s life and nursing career, follow him on Instagram!

About the Show

Producer – Jonathan Cary
Assistant Producers – Katie Schrauben & Sam MacKay
Music & Editing – Aidan Dykes
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