Category: Statements




Clinical Nurse Specialists Echo Nurses’ Need for Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit During National Nurses Week

“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is pleased that this year, National Nurses Week is focusing inward on the health and wellbeing of nurses, the largest group of health care professionals.

This year’s theme, Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit, and the designation of 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse is a welcome reminder that nurses need to prioritize their own health to best help model positive health and wellness behaviors.

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The American Health Care Act Threatens Health Care Affordability, Access and Delivery

“By passing the American Health Care Act today, the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening health care affordability, access and delivery for millions of Americans.

As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is deeply troubled that the new legislation would allow insurance companies to charge more to those with preexisting conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or previous injuries, like back or other joint surgery. Also concerning is that the bill would give states the ability to opt out of covering essential health benefits, such as emergency services, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorders services, prescription drugs, and wellness services and chronic disease management.

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Cuts to Nursing Workforce and Health Programs Would be ‘Shortsighted and Potentially Devastating’

Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint:

“Last week President Trump proposed shortsighted, potentially devastating cuts to nursing workforce programs in his FY18 budget blueprint. As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is troubled that these contractions would drastically reduce the health care workforce’s capacity to serve their patients and communities. The funding cutbacks will exacerbate a shortage of highly educated nurses, just as our country is aging and the need for care is growing.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Call Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act ‘Good Start’ but Say It Falls Short

“As a member of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) supports all meaningful efforts to reduce and prevent opioid addiction. We see the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed on Friday by President Obama, as a good start, but this law falls far short of what is really needed.

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

“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is pleased to learn that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Praise 2016 National Nurses Week Theme: Creating a Culture of Safety

“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is pleased that this year, National Nurses Week focuses on the role of nurses in creating a culture of safety. As the largest group of health care professionals and those who work most closely with patients, nurses play a central role in creating a culture of safety. The clinical nurse specialist, one of the four types of advance practice registered nurses, plays a unique role in building a culture of safety every day, supporting nurses and other health care providers and ensuring the highest levels of patient care.

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