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             OACNS Nominations and Elections Coming Soon!         

Please consider serving on one of our committees or on the Board of Directors

Help OACNS make a difference this year by donating to Central Oklahoma Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program has been in place since 1979 and provides for millions of children each year.                                                 https://www.tsamm.org/angeltree/index.dpi?c=41E842E76E8EA73F910AAC95EA1AC9F0707643B2&aid=&xt=b19c149#home#home

  This March, join colleagues for the NACNS 2022 Annual Conference, the only national conference dedicated to the clinical nurse specialist.

The NACNS 2022 Annual Conference takes place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel March 14-17, 2022. The conference will have a hybrid component, meaning there will be certain conference content available online in addition to in person.  We know it is a tough time for CNSs so we are giving you extra time for early bird rates AND keeping registration rates for the in-person conference the same as they were in 2018, 2019 and 2020! The Early Bird Discount will expire Monday, February 14, 2022.

We’re thrilled to introduce our Opening Keynote Speaker Andrew Miller, MA, and our Closing Keynote Speakers Deborah Klein, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, FAHA, FAAN and Mary J. Zellinger, APRN, MN, ANP-BC, CCRN-CSC,  CCNS, FCCM, FAAN.

A multitude of opportunities to engage with CNSs and other nursing leaders from around the nation will be available. Our exhibit hall will allow you to explore new opportunities and relationships with universities, health care systems and technology vendors, publishers, and more.



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What is a CNS ?

The clinical nurse specialist has been a part of the health care industrial complex in the United States for more than 60 years. Through the decades, the profession has become widely accepted in the health care system as a standardized, licensed, and fully regulated health care occupation, and one that significantly impacts the nation’s economy by providing safe, low-cost, and effective evidence-based health care services.

Clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice registered nurses who have graduate preparation (Master’s or Doctorate) in nursing. Like other advanced practice registered nurses, they are trained in physiology, pharmacology and physical assessment in addition to their particular areas of specialty.

Clinical nurse specialists are leaders in health care.   Watch the newest videos from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) about the role of the CNS.

2019 Video Competition Winners

First place in the Team Category
Lori Brittingham, MS, RN, CNS, ACCNS-N, of Reading Hospital for “The Reading Hospital CNS team: We Won’t Stop’’

We Won't Stop

    Practice Resources (from NACNS)

                    CNS Competencies

Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies are no longer a separate document.  They are incorporated in the revision of the CNS Statement for Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education (CNS Statement). NACNS is pleased to announce the Revised CNS Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education, third edition (CNS Statement) is now available in the NACNS store in both Digital and Print versions. 

    Requirements for APRNs Adding a New       

                  Specialty & Certification

Requirements for APRNs Adding a New Specialty & Certification

Prescriptive Authority Renewal Information

Prescriptive Authority Renewal Information from The Oklahoma Board of Nursing


          CNS Toolkits (from NACNS)

                    Cost Analysis Toolkit

     A Business Guide for the Clinical Nurse Specialist

Today’s health care landscape is ever-changing. Initiatives to improve patient care and safety must take cost savings into account. Through their direct work with patients and families, nurses at the bedside and hospital and health system leaders, clinical nurse specialists are uniquely prepared to assess, analyze and improve the business of health care while continuing to put the patient first. The CNSs ability to translate value impact in the clinical setting is crucial.

To address this gap, the NACNS Practice Committee created a resource to help CNSs employ key business and cost analysis tools to better describe and quantify CNS contributions to health care.

The Cost Analysis Toolkit includes:

  • A checklist describing a Six Sigma process to guide CNSs in a cost analysis change strategy,
  • An extensive literature review with assessment and grading of each articles and direct access to resources ; and
  • A thorough FAQ.

Download the Cost Analysis Toolkit today for a small fee, $10 for members and $50 for non-members.

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