Get Involved

NACNS is the unified voice for advancing clinical nurse specialist practice and education. The association’s work promoting the unique contributions the clinical nurse specialist brings to health care is thanks to the dedication of our clinical nurse specialist volunteer leaders!

Volunteers are the backbone of the association’s makeup. Clinical nurse specialists’ work on committees and task forces drives our research agenda, meeting planning, public policy priorities and much more.

We applaud our CNS volunteers and encourage more of you to donate some of your time and expertise to promoting the role of the CNS. Volunteer opportunities are announced at different points during the year to serve on planning committees, standing priorities and initiative-specific task forces and committees. Watch this space for future opportunities!

2020 Call for Committee Volunteers Now Open!

Estimated Time Commitment

Committees typically meet at least once per month via teleconference. Committees may choose to meet via traditional conference call or a computer screen sharing technology such as Zoom. Some committees assign work for members between meetings. Please estimate spending an average of 2 – 4 hours per month on committee tasks.

Specific Committee Charges

Each year the NACNS Board of Directors develops charges for each committee. These charges outline the work that the Board is asking each committee to undertake. The Committee Charges are listed on each committees specific page, which you can access below. The call for volunteers for the NACNS committees is currently open, and will remain open until Monday, July 6th.

The Affiliate Advisory Committee shall provide information and guidance to affiliates, and shall ensure communication between the affiliate(s) and the Board of Directors. Learn more here!

The Graduate Education Committee shall provide guidance to the NACNS Board of Directors on key issues impacting graduate programs, faculty, students and national accrediting and credentialing bodies. This committee shall ensure that current data related to the preparation of CNSs are obtained and disseminated and shall provide multiple forums for CNS educators to address issues pertinent to CNS education. Learn more here!

The Legislative/Regulatory Committee shall provide guidance to the NACNS Board of Directors on key issues impacting graduate programs, faculty, students and national accrediting and credentialing bodies. This committee shall ensure that current data related to title protection, licensure, and status as an APRN are obtained and disseminated. Learn more here!

The Membership Committee shall provide advice to the NACNS Board of Directors on activities that can grow NACNS membership. Learn more here!

The Professional Development Committee shall identify contemporary and evolving practice issues that affect CNSs and develop related activities such as, but not limited to, education, practice advisory, and position statements. Learn more here!

The Research and Publication Committee shall conduct and/or direct research activities supporting the organization and CNS practice. Learn more here!

The NACNS Webinar Workgroup is accepting applications for volunteers with experience in the role of continuing education (CE) nurse planner. We are seeking applicants that are willing and able to assist in reviewing, preparation, and submission of webinar presentations for CE accreditation. Learn more here!