Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (Cns)

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A certified clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed specialized education and training in a particular area of healthcare.

Work environment

CNSs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, and may focus on a specific patient population or type of care, such as pediatrics or oncology.


CNSs have advanced knowledge and skills in their area of specialty, and they use this expertise to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care. They may work independently or as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with other healthcare professionals to develop and implement treatment plans for patients. CNSs may also provide education and support to other nurses and healthcare professionals.

Other roles

In addition to clinical work, CNSs may also be involved in research, policy development, and leadership roles within their organizations.


To become a CNS, individuals must first become registered nurses (RNs) and obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. They must then complete a master's degree program in nursing and pass a national certification exam in their area of specialty. CNSs must also be licensed in their state.


Overall, CNSs play a vital role in the healthcare system by providing advanced expertise and improving patient outcomes in their area of specialty. Their advanced education and training make them valuable members of the healthcare team.


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Nursing (pronunciation: /ˈnɜːrsɪŋ/) is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.


The term "nursing" comes from the Latin word "nutrire", which means "to nourish". This is a reflection of the nurturing and caring nature of this profession.

Related Terms

  • Registered Nurse: A nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license.
  • Nurse Practitioner: An advanced practice registered nurse classified as a mid-level practitioner.
  • Nursing Care Plan: A plan that outlines the individualized care that a patient will receive due to their specific needs during their stay in a healthcare facility.
  • Nursing Theory: A conceptualization of some aspect of nursing that describes, explains, predicts, or prescribes nursing care.
  • Nursing Assessment: An evaluation of the nature and extent of nursing problems presented by a patient for the purpose of patient care planning.
  • Nursing Home: A place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home.

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