Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialist

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A Clinical Nurse Specialist is an expert at diagnosing and treating illness in their area of expertise. Clinical Nurse Specialists focus on one of three main specialty areas: patients and their families, nurse management, and administration. The rest of the nursing staff looks to the Clinical Nurse Specialist for guidance in their practice and help with efficiency in the workplace.

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A Clinical Nurse Specialist is an expert at diagnosing and treating illness in their area of expertise. Clinical Nurse Specialists focus on one of three main specialty areas: patients and their families, nurse management, and administration. The rest of the nursing staff looks to the Clinical Nurse Specialist for guidance in their practice and help with efficiency in the workplace.

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  • NACNS 2016 Annual Conference

    Posted Feb 10, 2016 by Garret Armes

    The Future is Today: Entering a World of New Practice Challenges for the Clinical Nurse Specialist

    March 3-5, 2016

    Loews Philadelphia Hotel
    Philadelphia, PA

  • Indianapolis Nurse to Lead National Association

    Posted Apr 6, 2015 by Garret Armes
  • First National Census of Clinical Nurse Specialists Provides Insights into Education Levels, Employment, Practice Specialties and More

    Posted Apr 1, 2015 by Garret Armes

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) conducted its last national sample survey of the nurse workforce in 2008. Historically, policy-makers, health care leaders and others used the data from the survey to inform a range of health care policies and practices. To ensure this data is still captured, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NA...

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    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) conducted its last national sample survey of the nurse workforce in 2008. Historically, policy-makers, health care leaders and others used the data from the survey to inform a range of health care policies and practices. To ensure this data is still captured, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and several other several national nursing organizations worked to gather this critical information. NACNS conducted the first-ever a national online survey of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) from June 1 to December 31, 2014.

    Among the key findings are that CNSs tend to be concentrated in adult care or gerontology, work in hospitals that have or are seeking magnet status, and are responsible for two or more units in a hospital. The vast majority of CNSs (85 percent) work full-time and 66 percent work in hospital settings. Of those, 44 percent have responsibility across the entire hospital system.

    As a group, CNSs spend most of their time providing direct patient care (25 percent), consulting with nurses, staff and others (20 percent), teaching nurses and staff (19 percent) and leading evidence-based practice projects (14 percent).

    The survey results also reveal issues that need to be addressed to allow CNSs to fully fill their role as advanced practice nurses who provide care to patients and ensure high quality, evidence-based, patient centered-care, such as prescriptive authority. According to the survey findings, only about a quarter of CNSs are authorized to prescribe medications.

    NACNS's online survey was completed by 3,370 nurses who had completed or were enrolled in a CNS education program. It is intended to provide a baseline understanding of the role of the CNS and how they are meeting the health care needs of the nation. NACNS will conduct the survey every two years. CNS Census page 1

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  • Nursing educator earns national recognition.

    Posted Mar 27, 2015 by Timothy Armes

    The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists named Ares the 2015 Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator of the Year during its annual conference in San Diego earlier this month.

  • Two Texas Nurses Join Board of National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

    Posted Mar 25, 2015 by James Bone

    UT Professor Elected to Serve as President-Elect of
    Leading National Nursing Association

    The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today announced that Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS, FAAN, Professor and Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research at the University of Texas in Austin has been elected to serve as the President-Elect of the 2015-2016 NAC...

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    UT Professor Elected to Serve as President-Elect of
    Leading National Nursing Association

    The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today announced that Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS, FAAN, Professor and Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research at the University of Texas in Austin has been elected to serve as the President-Elect of the 2015-2016 NACNS Board of Directors.

    Horner has been a member of NACNS since 1997. She served on the Board of Directors as Secretary from 2010 to 2012 before being elected as President-Elect this year. She has also served on the Bylaws Committee and Conference Program Planning Committee and participated in NACNS Task Forces on Family/Individual Across the Lifespan CNS Competencies and Legislative/Regulatory Committee.

    Horner is a Fellow at the American Academy of Nursing; member of the Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science; and is a full member of the American Thoracic Society. Horner has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society since 1990. She also is a member of: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society of Pediatric Nurses and Southern Nursing Research Society.

    “I am delighted and honored to serve as NACNS Board President-Elect,” said Horner. “I know we have much work to do as we navigate the rapidly changing health care landscape and ensure that in all health care settings, clinical nurse specialists are providing the highest quality and evidence-based care for our patients. I am excited and prepared to help lead this vital association.”

    Among the awards she has received are the 2014 Sue B. Davidson Service Award from NACNS, 2013 Award for Research in Minority Health from the Southern Nursing Research Society, 2013 Researcher of the Year from the Texas Rural Health Association, 2011 Dolores Sands Award for Excellence in Research from Epsilon Theta, and 2009 Reviewer Award from the Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.

    “We are delighted that Sharon will be serving as President-Elect this year. She has been active in NACNS for many years and we look forward to her leadership and guidance as we continue to build and strengthen this association, advance the vital role of the clinical nurse specialist and improve health care,” said NACNS Executive Director Melinda Mercer Ray, MSN, RN.

    Horner holds a PhD and MSN from Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. She earned her BSN and ASN at Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia.

    Dallas Nurse Elected to Board of Leading National Nursing Association

    The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today announced that Tracy Chamblee, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, Critical Care Services Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, has been elected to serve on the 2015-2016 NACNS Board of Directors. Chamblee has been a member of NACNS since 2003. She has been active in the organization, serving on the Malnutrition in Hospitalized Adults Taskforce.

    “I am excited to join the Board of Directors at this pivotal time, when NACNS is celebrating its 20th anniversary,” said Chamblee. “I look forward to moving the organization forward while ensuring that in all health care settings, clinical nurse specialists are providing the highest quality and evidence-based care for our patients. I am honored to help lead this vital association.”

    Chamblee is a member of American Nurses Association; American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Sigma Theta Tau International, National Honor Society of Nursing; Texas Clinical Nurse Specialist Organization; and North Texas Clinical Nurse Specialist Organization. She was awarded the Advanced Practice Professional Excellence in Research and Innovation Award and the Advanced Practice Professional Excellence in Quality Care Award from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas in 2013.

    “We are delighted that Tracy is joining our Board of Directors,” said NACNS Executive Director Melinda Mercer Ray, MSN, RN. “We look forward to her leadership and guidance as we continue to build and strengthen this association, advance the vital role of the clinical nurse specialist and improve health care.”

    Chamblee earned a Post-Master’s Certificate for Clinical Nurse Specialist advanced practice role and pediatric specialty population at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She has a PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester in New York, a MSN from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a BSN from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.

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  • NACNS 2015 Annual Conference & 20th Anniversary!

    Posted Jan 15, 2015 by Garret Armes

    March 5-7, 2015
    Loews Coronado

    Innovative health care delivery, specifically transitions of care, in an age of health care reform and increased visibility of CNS's practice outcomes are the watchwords for the 2015 conference. The conference will highlight novel approaches to CNS practice within the three spheres of influence: the client sphere (individual, family, commu...

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    March 5-7, 2015
    Loews Coronado

    Innovative health care delivery, specifically transitions of care, in an age of health care reform and increased visibility of CNS's practice outcomes are the watchwords for the 2015 conference. The conference will highlight novel approaches to CNS practice within the three spheres of influence: the client sphere (individual, family, community), the staff sphere (nurses, nursing practice), and organization/system sphere.

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