NACNS Affiliate Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Affiliate Advisory Committee (AAC) to assist Affiliates and potential Affiliates of NACNS navigate the development and management of an Affiliate. Affiliates provide a collaborative voice for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) at the local, state and national level.

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Purpose of Toolkit:
To provide guidance for establishing and maintaining an Affiliate. The toolkit will provide guidance by answering frequently asked questions, providing ideas and things to consider. These guidelines are not hard and fast rules except as where delineated as part of the affiliation process with NACNS. The goal is to provide resources for successful growth of NACNS affiliates and thereby successful growth of the CNS profession.

Please note that the following topics fall under the guidance and support of the Legislative/Regulatory Committee (refer to the Legislative/ Regulatory Committee page on NACNS website)

  • Title Protection
  • Scope of Practice
  • Certification, lack of specialty options across the nation
  • Prescriptive Authority

If you have any questions about this document, please contact the Affiliate Advisory Committee at