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2016 NACNS Annual Conference

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.


New CNS Brochure

The New CNS Brochure

Download the New CNS Brochure here

CNS 2014 Census Results

CNS 2014 Census Results

NACNS Announces Results of the CNS 2014 Census

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


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)

NEW! NACNS President Letter in NY Times

Senate Chronic Care Reform (PDF) 6/22/15

Statement on the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (PDF)

Response letter to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) about the VHA APRN Handbook (PDF)

CNSs Reimbursed for Chronic Care Management Services (PDF)

NACNS Approved Bylaws Changes (Members)

First National Census of Clinical Nurse Specialists Provides Insights into Education Levels, Employment, Practice Specialties and More (PDF)

NACNS Announces 2015 Board of Directors (PDF)

NEW!  NACNS Announces Results of the CNS Census (PDF)

NACNS Announces 2015 Award Winners  (PDF)

Clinical Nurse Specialists Praise Supreme Court Decision for Reducing Restrictions on Scope of Practice for Health Care Providers (PDF)

NACNS Announces 2015 Webinar Series (PDF)

NACNS 2015 Annual Conference Press Release (PDF)

NACNS Announces Alarm Fatigue Toolkit (PDF)

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Announces Task Forces to Address Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients and Caring for Patients with Chronic Conditions (PDF)

NACNS President Expresses Concern at ANCC's Decision to Discontinue the Pediatric CNS Exam (PDF)

Ebola Information for NACNS Members

Women's Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies by NACNS and AWHONN

NACNS submits comments to Federal Register Notice in support of the CNS role as one of the four APRN roles for purposes of the Standard Occupations Classification in the Department of Labor (PDF)

CNS Reimbursed for providing Transitional Care Management Services (PDF)

NACNS Statement Nurses Week (PDF)

The American Nurses Foundation is excited to announce the expansion of our Nursing Research Grants program

The Federal Trade Commission staff have published:  Policy Perspectives:  Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
This paper encourages state legislators should be cautious when evaluating proposals to limit the scope of practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). "By limiting the range of services APRNs may provide and the extent to which they can practice independently, such proposals may reduce competition that benefits consumers."  Press release -
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New Evidence-Based Guide Helps Implement Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings - Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to-Guide for Clinicians and Staff

2013 Almanac of Chronic Disease (PDF)

Harvard Health Study Recruiting Nurses (PDF)

Attention CNSs Who Bill Medicare for their Services (PDF)

PFCD: Needs Great, Evidence Lacking for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions

About the Clinical Nurse Specialists:
Clinical Nurse Specialist Slides - Dr. Linda D. Urden

APRN Consensus Model:
Click here to view the Consensus Model document (PDF)

APRN Fact Sheet (PDF)



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