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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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Free Webinar Tuesday on the NACNS Public Policy Agenda

Please join a free webinar hosted by the NACNS Leg/Reg Committee – “Navigating Public Policy During a Time of Uncertainty in Health Care:  The NACNS Public Policy Agenda.” This webinar will be held on June 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET.  In this very dramatic time of health care change, it is critical for you to know what your professional organization is working to accomplish in the legislative and regulatory arenas.  This session is brought to you by the NACNS Legislative and Regulatory Committee.

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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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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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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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