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Nursing Association Invites Comments on Updated Statement on Education and Practice of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) recently opened the public comment period for the Draft Revised CNS Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education, third edition.

The original CNS Statement was developed by a panel of clinical nurse specialists representing experts in education, practice and research to articulate the competencies and outcomes of contemporary CNS practice. This third edition of the CNS Statement has been in development for three years. It will provide additional guidance on the role of the CNS and the use of educational guidelines and core competencies in education and practice.

“This revised CNS Statement will serve as a guidepost for how we discuss CNS education and practice for years to come, and I urge everybody educated as a CNS to engage in this important discussion by completing this survey,” said NACNS Board President Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “The feedback we receive will help us effectively represent clinical nurse specialists and their interests in our work to promote the invaluable role of the CNS in our health care system.”

The third edition of the CNS Statement includes the updated 2017 CNS Core Competencies, which have been revised to reflect nearly 200 comments received during a public comment period last fall.

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.

The public comment period will close on June 11 and the final third edition of the CNS Statement will be published in the fall of 2018. The surveys and related documents can be found here.

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Founded in 1995, The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses who work in a variety of specialties to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve care and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, removing certification and regulatory barriers, and assuring the public access to quality CNS services. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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