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    Hi All

    Am trying to get info from CNSs regarding the type of work they're involved with? The CNSs on my unit have office jobs, M-F, 8-5. Are there CNSs still working on the floor directly involved with patient care working the typical 12-1/2 hour shifts that staff nurses work? If you're a CNS, please tell me about your position, what your specialty is, what your days are typically like, etc. Would love to hear from you
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    I am a hospice clinical nurse specialist in the hospital M-F 8-5. I admit patients to hospice in the hospital, and do education visits for patients who want to go home or to a nursing home with hospice. We make rounds on each in-patient every day, do death pronouncements/visits, and follow each patient as needed to adjust meds.
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    Quote from mom4josh
    I am a hospice clinical nurse specialist in the hospital M-F 8-5. I admit patients to hospice in the hospital, and do education visits for patients who want to go home or to a nursing home with hospice. We make rounds on each in-patient every day, do death pronouncements/visits, and follow each patient as needed to adjust meds.
    Hi mom4josh: I'm curious how and where you obtained your degree and/or education. How long have you been in your position? I work as a hospice nurse currently, and have a bsn, but would love to do what you are doing. I need more job fulfillment. What would you recommend for me? Thanks in advance!!
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    I'm an adult health CNS as well as a peds CNS. I work in nephrology. I work anywhere from 0600 to 1900 depending on pt load. I round in four dialysis units anywhere from 9-60 miles from my home. I work M-F but also take call every 5th weekend.
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    Let me move this to the CNS forum.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    I'm an adult health CNS as well as a peds CNS. I work in nephrology. I work anywhere from 0600 to 1900 depending on pt load. I round in four dialysis units anywhere from 9-60 miles from my home. I work M-F but also take call every 5th weekend.
    Hi trauma: Tell me about your education and also what you might suggest for my career path. I did my bsn online.
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    I was an LPN who did a bridge program to ADN, worked for a total of 10 years, went back to school (online, University of Phoenix) and did the BSN completion, then an MSN (University of Phoenix) concentration management and leadership.

    Then, I did a post MSN certificate as an adult health CNS and completed that in 2006. A couple of years ago, I went back again and did a pads CNS. This way I can see all ages. I did these thru a brick/mortar/online program.

    My nursing background is adult ICU 2 years), LTC 2 years (LPN), then 10 years in a level 1 trauma center ER.

    I currently work in nephrology since 2006. I round on chronic hemodialysis its in four dialysis units that are from 9 to 62 miles from my home. I keep pretty busy - lol.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    I was an LPN who did a bridge program to ADN, worked for a total of 10 years, went back to school (online, University of Phoenix) and did the BSN completion, then an MSN (University of Phoenix) concentration management and leadership.

    Then, I did a post MSN certificate as an adult health CNS and completed that in 2006. A couple of years ago, I went back again and did a pads CNS. This way I can see all ages. I did these thru a brick/mortar/online program.

    My nursing background is adult ICU 2 years), LTC 2 years (LPN), then 10 years in a level 1 trauma center ER.

    I currently work in nephrology since 2006. I round on chronic hemodialysis its in four dialysis units that are from 9 to 62 miles from my home. I keep pretty busy - lol.
    Did you do clinicals with your MSN? UofP sounds good, expensive I've heard, but I might have issues with clinicals and I need to work full time.
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    I am a (child) psych CNS, and psych CNSs have always been a little different from the rest of the CNS crowd in that our primary role has always been direct client care (psychotherapy). I've worked as an individual, group, and family therapist in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and have also done consultation-liaison work in large teaching hospitals (what I'm doing now). There have alwys been some educator/mentor/change agent elements to my jobs, but the primary focus has been direct, "hands-on" client care. I've worked 8- and 12-hour shifts at different jobs, mostly M-F, but sometimes have been responsible for helping cover evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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    Those of you who are certified as CNSs in multiple areas...how is that done? I'm openly considering multiple options and I'm wondering if adult health and peds could be done in any decent way.


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