Spotlight - Year: 2017

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.

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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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