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Happy National CNS Week!

September 1, 2020 - September 7, 2020

National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week (CNS Week) is September 1-7, 2020. The theme for this year is The Resurgence of the CNS. Are you ready to celebrate? Download our celebration toolkit here!

What is CNS Week? 

CNS week is an annual event that acknowledges the contributions of the nearly 90,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) in North America.

NACNS established National CNS Recognition Week (CNS week) in 2009 to commemorate and celebrate the birth of Hildegard Peplau, who was born on September 1, 1909. Dr. Peplau was a prominent nursing theorist whose landmark book, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, emphasized the nurse-client relationship as the foundation for nursing practice and today serves as the basis of the CNS role in health care.

CNS Week is a perfect time for CNSs to celebrate and bring attention to the role, and for hospitals and health care systems to pay tribute to the valuable part CNSs play in health care and health care delivery.

What is NACNS doing?

NACNS will be sending communications to our audiences through email and social media during CNS week that embraces this year’s theme, Resurgence of the CNS. Every day, for seven days, NACNS will introduce new resources and tips to follow to help spread awareness of the CNS role.

Tuesday, September 1 – History of CNS Week

  • Celebrating the birthday of Hildegard Peplau and the 11th anniversary of CNS week
  • NACNS President Sean M. Reed kicked off CNS Week with his webinar, Resurgence of the CNS: Elevating the Value of the CNS. Watch the recording here!

Wednesday, September 2 – The Story of the CNS

  • Communicating the story and history behind the CNS role and what makes it unique

Thursday, September 3 – Continuing to Advance the Unique Expertise of the CNS

  • Sharing available resources that contribute to enhancing CNS education here

Friday, September 4 – CNS Fact Friday

  • Explaining the differences between CNSs and other healthcare workers and setting the record straight on common misconceptions
  • See our Fact or Fiction informational sheet here
  • How Much Do You Know About NACNS and the History of Hildegard Peplau? – Take our quiz!

Saturday, September 5 – Working Together to Achieve the Resurgence of the CNS

  • Encouraging engagement in the CNS community and highlighting available networking opportunities

Sunday, September 6 – Honoring Those Keeping the Role Alive

  • Commemorating NACNS membership anniversaries and recognizing those who have raised the profile of the CNS role, research, practice, education, and service.

Monday, September 7 – Looking Towards the Future of the CNS

  • Sharing ideas and resources that help with increasing the number of CNSs and educating the public on the role of the CNS here
  • Spread awareness and educate the world about CNSs! Here are a few simple, unique, and even fun ways to do this.

What can you do?

Download our celebration toolkit, where we have compiled a list of resources that you can use to celebrate with your audience!

Download here.


September 1, 2020
September 7, 2020