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National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Launches National Survey to Help Collect Data on Nurse Workforce

Survey Is Open to All Nurses Who Identify Themselves as Clinical Nurse Specialists, and/or Were Educated as Clinical Nurse Specialists

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) conducted its last national sample survey of the nurse workforce in 2008. Historically, policy-makers, health care leaders and others used the data from the survey to inform a range of health care policies and practices. To ensure this data is still captured, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) has partnered with several national nursing organizations to help gather this critical information. As of this year, NACNS will collect crucial data on the demographics, education and practice of clinical nurse specialists, an important Advanced Practice Registered Nurse segment of the nursing profession.

NACNS designed and has launched the 2014 CNS Census, an online survey to capture information about people who identify themselves as or who were educated as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs). NACNS is encouraging all nurses who meet those criteria to complete the survey before December 31 of this year at

“The national sample survey of nurses provided crucial information that helped health care systems, policy-makers, educators and others develop policies and practices to improve health care,” said NACNS President, Les Rodriguez, MSN, MPH, RN, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNS. “We’re proud to step in and be a part of the effort to make sure that our nation continues to collect this important data. I want to stress that the survey is not limited to NACNS members. We would like all graduates of Clinical Nurse Specialist programs to complete this survey, and we encourage them forward the link to friends and colleagues. The more responses we receive the better we can help meet the health care needs of our nation.”

The NACNS survey will provide information on how nurses with CNS education and experience are contributing to the health care system. Results of the CNS Census will be published in the Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing.

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