Our 2017 Top Ten

As we ring in the new year, NACNS is taking stock of our 2017 successes and accomplishments!

Here’s our 2017 Top 10:

  1. Hosted nearly 600 clinical nurse specialists from around the country at our 2017 annual conference in Atlanta, Ga and dozens of CNSs earlier this summer at the Educator’s Forum and CNS Summit.
  2. Published and promoted the second CNS Census, finding three in four CNSs specialize in adult health or gerontology, most work in acute care hospitals and more than half have nursing clinical-related responsibility for an entire health system.
  3. The NACNS Task Force for the Revision of the NACNS Statement on Education and Practice developed and released for public comment the draft CNS Core Competencies.
  4. Hosted a monthly webinar series focused on providing clinical nurse specialists opportunities to earn CE and learn about innovative practice strategies targeted specifically for CNSs.
  5. The NACNS Practice Committee created the Cost Analysis Toolkit, a resource to help CNSs employ key business and cost analysis tools to better describe and quantify CNS contributions to health care.
  6. Released reports based off the work of the Chronic Conditions Task Force and the Malnutrition Task Force. Both reports found that CNSs have key roles to play in managing patients with chronic conditions and impacting malnutrition in hospitalized adult patients.
  7. Released an update of the Legislative and Regulatory Toolkit, the work of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee.
  8. Joined the American Nurses Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) so that CNSs can better address emerging threats and follow infection control procedures to protect patients and nurses working at the bedside.
  9. Issued nearly 30 public statementson policy issues important to CNSs, including health care reform, the nursing workforce, health information technology and more.
  10. Created a charitable arm of NACNS, the CNS Institute, to develop and promote education, innovations in clinical practice, and scientific research that will advance the clinical nurse specialist role and improve patient care.

Thank you for your invaluable support this year! NACNS is determined to continue our efforts to ensure that the role CNSs play in acute, chronic and primary care is respected, valued and accurately represented in health care.

We’re determined to make 2018 our best year yet! We’ll kick off the year by welcoming hundreds of clinical nurse specialists to Austin, Texas on February 28 for our annual conference next month!

Your Feedback Wanted on CNS Core Competencies

The public comment period on the 2017 revised CNS Core Competencies is now open.

The 2017 revised CNS Core Competencies were developed by a panel of clinical nurse specialists representing experts in education, practice and research. The members of the NACNS Task Force for the Revision of the NACNS Statement on Education and Practice are:

  • Chair: Carol Manchester, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE;
  • Sherri L. Atherton, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CIC;
  • Kathy A. Baker, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN;
  • Niloufar Niakosari Hadidi, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAHA;
  • Mary Beth Modic, DNP, APRN-CNS, CDE;
  • Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, APRN, CCNS, FAAN; and
  • Jane Walker, PhD, RN.

Though the number of overall competencies is reduced (from more than 70 to 44 in this draft), the revision considers the 2004 and 2010 CNS Core Competencies and draws from additional resources to cover more content in accord with the evolution of health care. The task force erred on the side of generality in composing a competency because the goal of the competencies is to encompass all of CNS practice.

The final 2017 CNS Core Competences will be published as Section Two of the revised NACNS Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education, third edition (CNS Statement). The third edition of the CNS Statement will provide additional guidance on the role of the CNS and the use of the core competencies in education and practice.

Before commenting please review:

Submit your comments

Please note: there are 60 questions in the survey, please set aside adequate time to complete it.

Public Comments on the CNS Statement will be collected by section. The public comment period for this section will close January 8, 2018. NACNS plans to publish the CNS Statement, including the final 2017 CNS Core Competencies by the fall of 2018.

Call for Nominations

Become a volunteer leader or nominate a peer to join the NACNS Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Positions are available for the 2018-2020 term for all eligible members. Individuals may only run for one elected office.

As an NACNS board member or officer you will have the opportunity to shape the association’s future agenda and enjoy perks like complimentary conference registration and travel reimbursement. Volunteer service is highly valued by employers and helps build leadership skills.

Open Positions

  • President-Elect (One open position, three year commitment: First Year as President-Elect, Second as President, Third as Immediate Past President)*
  • Board Director at Large (Three open positions, two year term)*
  • Nominating Committee (Four open positions, two year term)**  (The work of the Nominating Committee will be conducted by conference call.) 

The work of the board and elected officers occurs primarily via conference call. There are two face-to-face board meetings per year: at the Annual Conference and in July. Elected board members are encouraged to attend the NACNS Annual Conference, February 28 – March 3, 2018. The first board meeting for the newly elected board members will be held on March 3, 2018.

Interested individuals must submit:

  • A cover letter articulating their interest in one of these positions and their qualifications;
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV); and
  • A photo for publication and online use.

Nominations must be received by Wednesday, October 18. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Click here to submit a nomination.  All fields must be filled, including attaching a cover letter, CV, and photo. Please note that the nomination form does ask nominees to disclose any potential conflict of interest. A conflict of interest is not disqualifying, but must be disclosed.  For reference, see the NACNS Conflict of Interest policy.  

Should you have additional questions about duties, responsibilities or qualifications please call 215-320-3881 or email

*Requires a minimum 2 years of consecutive membership.

** Must be a current member

Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor

NACNS has teamed up with the Indiana University School of Nursing to provide, “Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor,” an exciting new online training program for CNS preceptors working with students doing clinical rotations.  This online self-study course will provide nursing programs and CNS preceptors with valuable tips and tools for working with students, and allow them to complete the course on their own schedule.

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