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.
“Last week, President Trump took an important step to address our country’s opioid crisis by allowing public health agencies to redirect existing health resources. By declaring the crisis a public health emergency, the administration sets a tone for national discussion about addiction to opioids. By declaring the crisis a public health issue, the administration is recognizing that addiction is a chronic neurological disorder and needs to be treated as other chronic conditions are.
However, to fully combat the magnitude of this epidemic a significant financial investment is needed so that our nation can expand access to treatment, develop a national prevention strategy and broaden the pool of those eligible to prescribe medications to treat substance use disorders.
“America’s opioid epidemic claimed an appalling 64,000 lives in 2016, and just one in five patients who needed treatment received it. With the number of lives lost to opioid addiction growing, the country urgently needs Congress to pass the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act – badly needed legislation that can make medication-assisted addiction treatment available to many more people who are in grave danger.
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.
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.
“While less rigid than the American Health Care Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month, the Senate’s discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) still puts many Americans at-risk of having no health insurance and threatens health care affordability, access and delivery for millions of Americans.
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.
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.
“This week President Trump unveiled his final FY18 budget proposal and it contained shortsighted, devastating cuts to health and nursing programs that if enacted will have harmful and lasting effects for millions of Americans.
“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.