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Clinical Nurse Specialists Well-Positioned to Do More to Address Malnutrition in Hospitalized Adult Patients

New Report Offers Model to Better Prepare Clinical Nurse Specialists to Help These Vulnerable Patients

Malnutrition among hospitalized patients is a pervasive problem in our country. It affects 20 to 50 percent of hospitalized adult patients and the costs of treating malnutrition are estimated to be more than $11 billion per year. A lack of proper nutrition can cause muscle wasting, loss of functional ability and increased rates of hospital-acquired conditions like falls, pressure injuries and infections—all which can lead to increased morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission.

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New Online Training Program Will Support, Increase Number of Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptors

Program was developed by Indiana University School of Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The nursing shortage has been exacerbated by the lack of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) who act as preceptors for nursing students pursuing advanced nursing degrees. To help prepare more CNS preceptors and address the nursing shortage, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the Indiana University School of Nursing created “Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor,” an online training program for CNS preceptors who work with students doing clinical rotations. The self-study course provides nursing programs and CNS preceptors with tips and tools for working with students, and allows them to complete the course on their own schedule.

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National Nursing Association Announces Task Force to Study Opioid Use and Pain Management in Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Practice

Prescription opioid abuse is at an all-time high. More than 10 million Americans reported using prescription opioids for nonmedical purposes in 2014 and more than half of all Americans say they know someone who has misused, been addicted to or died using prescription painkillers. The problem has become so severe that this year, several leading health care professional associations came together to form a national Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and President Obama has designated this week as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.

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Failure to Classify Clinical Nurse Specialists as APRNs Is ‘Out of Step with the Nursing and Health Care Communities,’ Nurse Leader Warns

The president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today expressed deep disappointment that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday incorrectly classified clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) once again, categorizing them as general registered nurses instead of as the advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) that they are.

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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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National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Announces Opening of 2016 Workforce Survey

Biennial Census of Clinical Nurse Specialists Tracks Education, Practice, Demographics

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today opened its second biennial census of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). The data collected about CNSs’ demographics, education, and practice will be used to inform policy and practice agendas. It is the only source of workforce data on the CNS.

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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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