An analysis of lung cancer clinical nurse specialist workload and value
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An analysis of lung cancer clinical nurse specialist workload and value

Alison Leary Lead, Cancer Nursing Research
Macmillan Senior lecturer, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses, and visiting research fellow, King’s College London
Nicola Bell Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust
Liz Darlison Consultant nurse, Mesothelioma UK
Maria Guerin Lung cancer nurse specialist, University Hospital Aintree, and chair, National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses

In today’s healthcare system there is much controversy regarding the role and value of clinical nurse specialists. This article describes a mixed-method approach to the workload of lung cancer clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and translates this into financial value. It calculates, for example, that these specialists work an average of 316.8 hours unpaid overtime each per year, and estimates on the basis of the data gathered that, as a group, CNSs in England contribute 71,280 hours of unpaid overtime – or £1,475,496 – to the health economy annually. The data underline the effectiveness of care these nurse specialists give to patients with lung cancer and their value to their trusts. abstract

Cancer Nursing Practice. 7, 10,29-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp.7.10.29.s24

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