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             OACNS Nominations and Elections Coming Soon!         

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NACNS Elections


  Cast your ballot by December 6th

Meet the Candidates

The NACNS Nominating Committee has done an outstanding job identifying, screening, and interviewing potential candidates to lead NACNS.                     Our NACNS elected leaders represent the CNS at the national level on various critical issues; they also make decisions on behalf of NACNS. As a membership organization, we need your involvement in deciding who represents the CNS nationally. Please take a few moments and vote today.    For a more detailed look into each nominee on the ballot, you can access their CV, cover letter, and questionnaire on the Candidates’ Page  inthe NACNS portal.

  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.



Leading Nurses Groups Unite to   Combat  COVID  Misinformation  

Eight leading nursing organizations responded this week to COVID-19 misinformation being spread by nurses about COVID-19.  Issuinga policy brief, the groups hope to help inform and educate boards of nursing, nurses, and the public about the need for healthcare professionals to uphold the highest standards of ethics when it comes to representing their profession.    "Nurses are expected to be 'prepared to practice from an evidence base; promote safe, quality patient care; use clinical/critical reasoning to address simple to complex situations; [and] assume accountability for one's own and delegated nursing care,' " the brief begins, quoting the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  The policy statement "elevates the message not only for nurses, but to the public to instill trust and to promote optimal public health," Liz Stokes, JD, RN, director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Center for Ethics and Human Rights, told Medscape Medical News.  Read full article here:   https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/963294

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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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