Hello readers! In this edition continue reading to learn about the process for becoming a CNS, CNSs in the operating room, if there are primary care pediatric CNSs and more!
Q: What is the process for becoming a CNS? What qualifications are required for a CNS?
A CNS is an advanced practice registered nurses who have graduate preparation (Master’s or Doctorate) in nursing. Like other advanced practice registered nurses, they are trained in advanced physiology, pharmacology and physical assessment in addition to their particular areas of specialty. They can diagnose, treat, prescribe and bill like other APRNs as allowed by their state regulations. For a comprehensive document with recommendations for becoming a CNS, please see our Entry for Practice Position Statement and our CNS Program Directory for a lists of schools that offer CNS education.
Q: Is there such a thing as CNS for operating rooms/surgery?
Yes, a CNS can work in any setting or specialty population. The role goes anywhere there are complex patients and the surgery setting is always complex.
Q: What is the pathway for an Oregon Nurse-Attorney (BSN/JD) to become a CNS solely for the purpose of providing advanced care planning and assisting clients with the completion of advance directives? No prescriptive authority is desired?
That is not the role of the CNS. You do not need a CNS to do that but if you feel you need the credentials to be able to advise at that level, then the CNS is a good one but you would be prepared well beyond that small piece of what a CNS can do.
Q: Are there both primary care and acute care certifications for pediatric CNSs like there are for nurse practitioners?
No, just one and CNSs are not primary care providers. The only exam is the acute care exam through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). You can download the test plan on their website.
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