Can A CNS work as a staff nurse?

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    SO I got in to a CNS program. CNS was a long term goal but with the GI Bill running out a a few other things going on it seems like a good time to go to school.
    However I have 2 young kiddos and am enjoying working per diem 1-2 days a week.
    I am an ER nurse and I like it (dont love it, that's OK I love my other job-mommy)
    But I see doing this ER Per diem gig for 5-7 more years. Then going back and finding a full time job I love CNS-the traditional role seems to be a good fit. I never wanted to be an NP so I am not interested in that aspect of the role.

    My question if I get my Master's take the board and pass can I continue working as a staff per diem RN?
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    If you do so, you will be held to the standard of the highest license. I wouldn't do it.
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    What does it mean to work to the standard of the highest license? If you are hired as a staff nurse you have to meet the expectations of the staff nurse job description. Ie reviewing and implementing orders, etc. You are not the provider.
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    What does it mean to work to the standard of the highest license? If you are hired as a staff nurse you have to meet the expectations of the staff nurse job description. Ie assessing patients, reviewing and implementing orders, etc. You are not the provider.
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    You are held to the knowledge base of your license. For instance, I'm an adult and peds CNS wo works in nephrology. If I was to go back to my ER staff nurse position and the ER MD ordered a med that I as an APN should know is contraindicated I would be just as liable as th ordering MD. I would also beheld to the higher assessment skills.
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    So in other words, the expectations and liability would be higher, but not the pay...


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