Category: Press Releases and Advisories


Clinical Nurse Specialists Are Uniquely Prepared to Manage Patients with Chronic Conditions

New Report Highlights Implications for Policy, CNS Education and Practice

Philadelphia, Pa. – Today more patients than ever are living longer and managing chronic health conditions in their day to day lives. Health costs associated with chronic conditions are skyrocketing and managing patients with chronic conditions requires an understanding of not only the disease process but also self-care actions. The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists commissioned a task force to consider the impact clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) can have on managing patients with chronic conditions. The task force’s report, Addressing the Needs of Patients with Chronic Conditions: The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist, finds that CNSs are uniquely prepared to manage patients with chronic conditions, lead collaboration within and across health care settings and serve as the bridge between disciplines.

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Nursing Association Welcomes Comments on Core Competencies of Clinical Nurse Specialist Education and Practice

Today, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) opened the public comment period for its 2017 Draft CNS Core Competencies. The NACNS Task Force for the Revision of the NACNS Statement on Education and Practice, a panel of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) experts in education, practice and research, have developed the draft competencies since the task force was commissioned in 2015.

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Who Are Clinical Nurse Specialists? They’re Change Leaders!

Five Facts to Know in Honor of CNS Recognition Week

Philadelphia, Pa. – September 1-7 is the ninth annual National Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) recognition week and hospitals and health systems across the country are celebrating the valuable role clinical nurse specialists play in health care. This year’s theme, Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leading Change for Healthier Lives, draws attention to the ways CNSs improve patient safety and the quality of care.

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New Tool Translates Value Impact for Clinical Nurse Specialists

Toolkit Features Business and Cost Analysis Instruments to Better Quantify CNS Contributions to Health Care

Philadelphia, Pa. – In today’s health care environment initiatives to improve patient care and safety must take cost savings into account, and thanks to their unique advanced practice nursing role care clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are prepared to assess, analyze and improve the business of health care while prioritizing the patient. To help CNSs translate their value and impact in the clinical setting, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Practice Committee created the Cost Analysis Toolkit to help CNSs employ key business and cost analysis strategies to better describe and quantify CNS contributions to health care.

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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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