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Welcome to NACNS

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), founded in 1995, exists to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the clinical nurse specialist to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to promote and advance the practice of nursing.

Members of NACNS benefit from national, regional, and local efforts of the Association to make the contributions of CNSs more visible.


NACNS President Responds to USA TODAY Oped Criticizing Proposed VA APRN Rule

Read the letter from NACNS President Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS, FAAN, to the editor of USA TODAY in response to an op-ed criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed rule to allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Download the letter here (PDF)


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New CNS Brochure

The New CNS Brochure

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Legislative/Regulatory Toolkit

The Starter Kit contains resources developed to help you with the implementation of the Consensus Model and other issues that impact the practice of the CNS.

Click here for the Legislative/Regulatory Starter Kit

Click here for info on NACNS Summit 2016


ACT NOW!  Weigh in Now! Respond to the Department of Veterans Affairs' Federal Register Proposal Regarding APRNs
The comment period ends July 25, 2016.  Click here to find additional information and directions on how you can respond to the VA proposal.

USA Today letter-to-the-editor from NACNS President Sharon Horner about the VA proposal regarding APRN scope of practice (PDF)

Allowing Clinical Nurse Specialists to Practice to the Extent of Their Education and Training Will Improve Access to Care For Our Veterans (PDF)

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Policies to Combat the U.S. Opioid Epidemic (PDF)

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Joins National Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse (PDF)

The Joint Commission has recently approves new National Patient Safety Goals for CAUTI.  Click here to get the CAUTI NPSGs applicable to accredited hospitals. (PDF)

National Nursing Organization Urges Greater Funding for Nursing Education and Workforce Development (PDF)

National Nursing Organization Urges Congress to Authorize Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Virus (PDF)

NACNS Comments to CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (PDF)

Hospital Acquired Infections Are Released and Some Hospitals Receive Reduction in Payments - CMS has released the HAC results and 758 hospitals out of 3,308 will have their payments reduced by one percent in FY 2016 for having a large number of HACs. Download here.

NACNS Comments on Proposed Rule for Health Carrier Network Plans - The NACNS along with other APRN groups responded to CMS proposed rule to ensure health plans have adequate networks. We recommended that APRNs be included in all health carrier network plans and that the health plan not discriminate against qualified licensed health care providers. Download here.

NACNS Applauds Congress for Supporting APN Practice, Workforce Development and Research (PDF)

CNS Prescriptive Authority
Press Release (PDF)
Practice Authority by State  Prescription Authority by State
Click here for complete information

FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Nurse Education, Practice, and Quality-BSN Practicum in Community Settings (PDF)

ICD-10 Begins 10.1.15! See Resources Available (PDF)

Clinical Nurse Specialists Say Approval of Flibanserin Represents Important Advance in Women’s Sexual Health (PDF)

NEW! NACNS Endorses Requiring Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree for CNS's (PDF)

  NACNS Q & A on DNP Position (PDF)

  NACNS DNP Position Statement (PDF)

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