NACNS Grow Your Own Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Grow Your Own Taskforce.

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Purpose of Toolkit:
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance, templates and examples for use when developing a GYO approach for CNS position(s).

Background: Open Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) positions are going unfilled; institutions are unable to find CNSs due to decrease volume and school closures. A Grow Your Own (GYO) program can support and develop internal resources to fill CNS positions.

The goal is to provide resources for successful development and implementation for CNS Intern positions and thereby successful growth of the CNS profession.

This resource is free for NACNS members, and $50 for non-members.

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