Position Statements

Opioid Position Papers

Abuse and Misuse Position (May 2018)
NACNS supports a balanced approach to the care of patients in pain; one that integrates clinician
education, judicious use of opioid analgesics and … MORE

Role of the CNS Position Statement (May 2018)
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) supports and advocates for the active
involvement of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in all efforts to address the national opioid crisis…. MORE

Universal Paper (May 2018)
In light of the critical nature of the national opioid public health emergency the National Association of
Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) advocates for funding and national support for thoughtful, varied and
individualized approaches…. MORE


Position Papers

PhD Position Statement (September 2016)
NACNS recognizes the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as the highest level of formal education for those individuals whose career path is to develop science to promote the discipline and practice of nursing…. MORE

DNP Position Statement (July 2015)
NACNS endorses the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree as entry into practice for Clinical Nurse Specialists by 2030…. MORE

NACNS Q & A on DNP Position (July 2015)

Importance of the CNS Role in Care Coordination (December 2013)
The CNS role promotes quality health care services and decreases health care expenditures… MORE

Achieving Specialty Competency for Clinical Nurse Specialists (September 2013)
NACNS strongly supports the continuation of specialty practice education for the clinical nurse specialist…. MORE

Prescriptive Privilege for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (November 2012)
NACNS recognizes the practice of the CNS is at the advanced practice level…. MORE

Clinical Nurse Leader – Statements 1 and 2 (September 2005)
NACNS recognizes that the AACN is proposing this role in response to the perceived quality gaps…. MORE


White Papers

CNS Quality Outcomes Paper: Impact of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Role on the Costs and Quality of Health Care (December 2013)
Research and demonstration projects have shown that the CNS role is uniquely suited to lead implementation of evidence-based quality improvement actions that also reduce cost throughout the health care system…. MORE

NACNS Response to IOM Future of Nursing Report (March 2012)
NACNS supports the four overarching key messages identified by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing.… MORE

NACNS Statement on APRN Consensus Model Implementation (March 2012)
NACNS calls for careful implementation of the Consensus Model  in order to preserve patient and health care system access to CNS services, particularly given the significant influence this role has on cost and quality of health care outcomes…. MORE

Certification of Clinical Nurse Specialists (September 2005)
NACNS supports validation of core knowledge, specialty knowledge, and attainment of CNS competencies…. MORE


Talking Points

Talking Points on Regulation of CNSs

Talking Points on CNS Certification


Other Resources

Nursing Organization Alliances Statement on Principles of a Healthful Practice/Work Environment. NACNS endorses this statement (September 2005)