Category: Press Releases and Advisories


Clinical Nurse Specialists Responsible for Entire Health Systems, But Issues Remain to Allow Full Scope of Practice

Only Survey of Clinical Nurse Specialists Provides Valuable Insights into Education Levels, Employment, Practice and More

Philadelphia, Pa. – Three in four clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) specialize in adult health or gerontology, most CNSs work in acute care hospitals that have or are seeking ANCC’s Magnet™ Recognition, more than half have nursing clinical-related responsibility for an entire health system, but only 1 in 5 CNSs are authorized to prescribe medications. These are among the key findings of the second nationwide survey of CNSs, conducted by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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Leading Nursing Association Calls for CMS Reforms to Better Address Opioid Misuse, Pain Management, Malnutrition and More

Philadelphia, Pa. – This week, in a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) noted its support for CMS’s proposal to include safe use of opioids and malnutrition assessment in electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). CMS is considering including these two eCQMs in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs as part of CMS’s FY 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule and Request for Information.

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National Nursing Association Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta last month. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) nationwide who provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve health care quality and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. The newly elected board members demonstrate leadership in nursing education, practice, research and administration.

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Bloomington Nurse Elected to Serve as President of Leading National Nursing Association

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Vincent Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Indiana University Health, Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. has been elected President of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Holly is also Adjunct Faculty for the Indiana University School of Nursing’s adult health CNS program.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Join the Front Lines of Infection Control

Nurses are the front-line of defense against the spread of infections in U.S. health care facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging diseases often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties, such as environmental cleaning and waste management.

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) so that clinical nurse specialists can better address emerging threats and follow infection control procedures to not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients and nurses working at the bedside.

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National Nursing Organization Honors Nurses from Across the Country for Leadership, Service and Mentoring

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) honored clinical nurse specialists from Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Ohio for their extraordinary work advancing and showcasing the critical role clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) play in health care. The awards were presented during NACNS’s 2017 annual conference, Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conquering Change in the Health Care Environment, in Atlanta, Ga. 

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