2018 Educator’s Forum and CNS Summit

Archived Forum and Summit Materials


4th Annual Educator’s Forum

Monday, July 17: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Topics will include:

  • best practices in CNS DNP education,
  • key issues in CNS education,
  • table discussion featuring recent graduates, and
  • the challenges of educating at different levels.

Download the agenda.

16th Annual Clinical Nurse Specialist Summit

Tuesday, July 18: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Topics will include:

  • national policy issues affecting CNSs,
  • core competencies,
  • 2016 CNS Census results, and
  • the future of CNS specialties.
  • New! An extra 0.5 CE is available when you read the three articles hyperlinked to the registration page.

Download the agenda.

2017 CE

CNS Summit participants can earn continuing education credits* for reading the below documents in preparation for the discussions on the APRN Consensus Model related to Specialty and the Revision of the CNS Core Competencies. Participants will receive an additional 0.5 CE for reading these articles, attesting to having read them on your evaluation form and answering three questions about the articles.

Related to the APRN Consensus Model:

Related to CNS Core Competencies:

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement*

Contact hours will be awarded for the combined Educator’s Forum (4.16 CE) and CNS Summit (6.0 CE) is a total 10.16 CE. The Summit CE includes attendance at the meeting and pre-reading two articles.

Criteria for successful completion includes 90% attendance at one day of the two-day meetings and submission of a completed CE evaluation form to NACNS headquarters.

For those attending the Summit, successful completion for the full 6.0 CE includes an affidavit that you have read the two articles prior to attending the meeting.  This CE for the pre-reading is 0.5 CE of the total 6.0 CE.

There is no conflict of interest for any planner or presenter involved with this conference.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


2016 CNS Summit
July 19, 2016
Summit Agenda (PDF)

The following sessions took place:

  • The CNS’ evolution into non-traditional settings,
  • Overview of the key legislation impacting the CNS,
  • Ideas of how the CNS can track their services and consider cost-savings for interventions,
  • A discussion of the technology human interface with a human factors expert

2016 Educators Forum
July 18, 2016
Educator’s Forum Agenda (PDF)

This year’s discussion will focus on three important areas:

  • The use of simulation technology in the education of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN),
  • Sharing ideas on how to creatively use your curriculum to meet the needs of the CNS student,
  • Key considerations in developing a curriculum for a BSN to DNP program vs. an MSN to DNP curriculum.


2015 CNS Summit
July 21, 2015

2015 NACNS CNS Summit Draft Agenda (PDF)

2015 Educators Forum
July 20, 2015

2015 NACNS Clinical Nurse Specialist Educators Forum Draft Agenda  (PDF)

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