National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

NACNS is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

Founded in 1995, The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses who work in a variety of specialties to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve care and


Are you passionate about making a real difference in the nursing world? 🌟 Consider the career path to becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist! CNSs lead with expertise, innovate in care, and inspire change in healthcare. Find out more about what it takes and decide whether the role is right for you by downloading the infographic 👉

Parkview Clinical Nurse Specialist receives national patient care award 04/05/2024

Check it out! Janette Richardson, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Parkview, has been honored with the American Nurses Association (ANA) Distinguished Direct Patient Care Award. 🏆 This national acknowledgment celebrates Janette's exceptional patient care and her contributions to advancing the nursing profession. Congratulations to Janette for setting high standards in healthcare and making CNSs proud! 👏 Read the article:

Parkview Clinical Nurse Specialist receives national patient care award The American Nurses Association (ANA) selected Parkview Clinical Nurse Specialist Janette Richardson to receive the Distinguished Direct Patient Care Award.

Photos from National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists's post 04/04/2024

NACNS is thrilled to be part of the National Student Nurses' Association 2024 Annual Convention! 🤗 Make sure to stop by Booth 109 during exhibit hours to explore the rewarding career path of becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist - We're eager to tell you all about the role & answer any questions you may have. A big thank you to Traci Smith for representing NACNS at the event!


📣 Attention NACNS Members & Student Members! 📣 The 2024-2025 Call for Committee Volunteers is NOW open! All members, including students, are welcome to participate in various positions as volunteer members of committees and task forces. Applications are open through April 30. Get involved today! ➡


Big things are happening in the world of nursing! 🌟 Thanks to collaborative efforts, the Clinical Nurse Specialist ( ) definition has undergone a transformation to better reflect our role & impact. We're excited to see how this update will foster understanding, visibility, and growth for CNSs everywhere! 💪 Don't miss out on the details - check out our blog now! ▶️


📅 Mark your calendars! The NACNS 2025 Annual Conference will take place in Boston, MA, March 9-12, 2025! This year's theme is INNOVATE 💡 and we can't wait to explore this superpower within the role! Stay tuned for more info!


🤔 Did you know that not all are classified equally in workforce databases like the Standard Occupational Classification System (SOC) or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' ( ) Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) Program?

"According to NACNS Board Member, Pamela Moss (2022), “While CRNAs, CNMs, and NPs are identified as unique groups with codes specific to their profession, Clinical Nurse Specialists are not." Additionally, Reed (2020) highlights that CNSs are categorized as RNs rather than APRNs."

It is critical for all CNSs to register for their NPIs to demonstrate their substantial contribution to the healthcare system. Register today: |
🌐 Source: Moss, P. (2022) via American Association of Critical Care Nurses blog ➡
🌐 Source: Reed, S. M. (2020). National provider identifier: Why every clinical nurse specialist needs one. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 34(5), 231–233.


🔊 “Often shrouded in mystery and confusion, the CNS role is critical to our healthcare system." The Fresh RN podcast episode, "How to Become a CNS: Unlock the Clinical Nurse Specialist Requirements With 6 Realistic Steps" interviews NACNS Past President, Dr. Mitzi M Saunders to discuss a complete guide to becoming a CNS!

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Announcing the 2024 NACNS Award Winners 03/20/2024

We are pleased to present the 2024 Clinical Nurse Specialist Award recipients! 🏆 Every year, NACNS acknowledges outstanding contributions from its members and affiliates, highlighting excellence in elevating the clinical nurse specialist role across research, practice, education, and service. Let's celebrate these deserving CNSs! 🎉

Find out who was recognized this year!
➡️ Read the press release:
➡️ Watch the video:

Announcing the 2024 NACNS Award Winners The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) has unveiled its 2024 Award Recipients! Congratulations to all! To learn more about NACNS and ...


March 19th is , and NACNS is celebrating! 🎉 Today and every day, we are happy to recognize those individuals who are dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service. 👩‍⚕️ 👨‍⚕️


🌟 Exciting News! Two NACNS scholarships, brought to you in partnership with CNSI, are now accepting applications! Honor the legacies of nursing pioneers Katie Brush and Theresa Murray while advancing your career. Apply now and take advantage of this incredible opportunity!


That's a wrap on ! 🎉

To all of our amazing attendees, speakers, sponsors, & exhibitors: THANK YOU! 💜 Your enthusiasm, dedication, passion, + support for the role have made this week in NOLA unforgettable! We could not have made the conference a success without all of you! Let's keep the momentum going - keep sharing your content and photos. We love seeing how you're leading the next generation of CNSs and spreading awareness of the role!


We are so excited to officially welcome our 2024 Board Members! 🎉 We'd also like to thank the outgoing Board for all of their hard work, passion, and dedication to NACNS and the role. We appreciate all you have done to LEAD the Next Generation of 💜


🌟 Attention NACNS Members! We value your input & invite you to be a part of shaping the future of NACNS. 🤝 Please complete our 2024 Membership Survey before it closes on March 15. ➡

Photos from National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists's post 03/13/2024

Congratulations to the CNSI Fellows who were inducted last night during the Annual Conference! 🏆 This is a highly prestigious honor awarded to those members of NACNS who epitomize the excellence of as leaders of the nursing profession, staunch advocates for patients and families, and forerunners of innovations to improve the health of populations. Thank you for celebrating with us! 👏

Photos from National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists's post 03/12/2024

Thank you to all the amazing exhibitors attending the Annual Conference - we are delighted to have you! Attendees: don't forget to take a walk around the Exhibit Hall located on the third floor in the Acadia and Bissonnet Ballrooms. 👀


📣 Reminder Annual Conference attendees, tomorrow is , so don't forget to wear your favorite swag that best represents your Affiliate or State! Be sure to join us for the Affiliate Breakfast & NACNS Affiliate Awards at 7:30 AM CT and the Affiliate Committee Meeting at 12:20 PM CT. See you then!

Photos from National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists's post 03/12/2024

Thank you for an amazing day 2 at the Annual Conference! 🤝 Today was packed with sessions including the DEI Forum, Cardinal Health Focus Group, keynote presentation with Nurse Alice Benjamin, poster presentations, and so much more! Reminder to share your content by tagging us and using ! 🤳


The day has finally come! 🤗 We are thrilled to welcome you to day 1 of the Annual Conference in vibrant New Orleans! Let's kick today off with our Opening Ceremony featuring President Mitzi Saunders, and welcome our Opening Keynote, Oriana Beaudet👏


We are excited to announce a new webinar in partnership with the Fuld National Institute for EBP! 📢 Together, we are establishing the NACNS Center for Implementation Science, aimed at enhancing your expertise and leadership in this crucial area. Join us on March 27 at 11 AM Eastern! Register now:


make healthcare better for everyone. 💪 CNSs lead the pursuit of excellence in three areas:

⭐ Improving care for all patients and their families
⭐ Leading the education and professional development of nurses
⭐ Driving improved efficiencies and value for healthcare systems

Find out what Chief Nursing Officers are saying about the Role here:


"CNSs are invisible champions whose role is often misunderstood and underutilized," says NACNS President Mitzi Saunders (2021). Through the NPI system, we can shed light on the invaluable contributions of CNSs, influencing policy, filling care gaps, and fostering education (Reed et al., 2021). 📢Let's spread the word and empower CNSs to make a significant impact in healthcare! Register for your NPI Number today: |


🌐 Source: Saunders, M. M. (2021). Informing and supporting the new clinical nurse specialist prescriber. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 32(4), 404–412. ➡

🌐 Source: Reed, S. M., Arbet, J., & Staubli, L. (2021). Clinical nurse specialists in the United States registered with a national provider identifier. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 35(3), 119–128.


New Ask Mitzi Anything Blog! 📢 Read this quarter's edition to learn about the educational path to becoming a CNS, including what types of master's degrees to get, and more! 👉


Thank you to our 2024 Annual Partners & Conference Sponsors for their support of the Annual Conference! 👏 Our supporters, Cardinal Health, NSO - Nurses Service Organization, AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing , and Visory Health are crucial to the success of our conference! We're counting down the days - see you soon! ➡️


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Calling all NACNS Members 🎉 Your feedback can make a real impact! Please participate in our 2024 Membership Survey and help us enhance the NACNS membership experience. Responses are confidential, and every insight counts! Plus, enter for a chance to win a $50 NACNS membership gift card! 🎁 Click here to take the survey by March 15 ➡

From Mentor to Mentee, Colleagues Reflect on Guiding Others | Duke Today 02/22/2024

Check out this article from Duke University on the winner of NACNS' 2023 Mentor of the Year Award, Kellie Capes. 👏 Thank you for all you do! ➡️

From Mentor to Mentee, Colleagues Reflect on Guiding Others | Duke Today From Mentor to Mentee, Colleagues Reflect on Guiding Others Insights from Duke staff and faculty on building supportive relationships to foster professional growth Image Two professionals look over a laptop together. Photo courtesy of Pexels. Caption Close Image Two professionals look over a laptop....


Unable to travel with us to New Orleans this March 10-13? ✈️ You're in luck! We're offering virtual registration options for those who cannot join us in person. This option will include access to post-event recordings and handouts. Plus, you can still earn up to 71.75 enduring CE credits! 💡 Check out your registration options here:


Are you considering an APRN role that truly speaks to your passions and skills? Take a look at our latest resource developed by the NACNS CNS Program Director's Council - it's your ultimate guide to determining if the path is a fit for you! 💡 Download it today:

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