CNS! Is this a Dying Specialty!? - page 5

by Visuals, MSN, APRN, CNS | 18,206 Views | 60 Comments

Okay guys, What's the deal with this specialty? 1) Is there a demand? 2) Anybody currently practicing wished they had done NP instead? 3) Anybody currently praciticing love they job? why?.....Hate it? why? 4) With... Read More


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    Hmmm....Advanced Practice PARTNERS - uh not a title I'd want to work under.

    Just another confusing name to what should be Advanced Practice Nurses.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    Hmmm....Advanced Practice PARTNERS - uh not a title I'd want to work under.

    Just another confusing name to what should be Advanced Practice Nurses.
    These shows how much nursing needs a real DEFINITION through all the refinemnt over the years
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    Yes - I agree.

    The APRN consensus model via ANCC and ANA seems to be addressing this.
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    Must admit I have not read every comment in this thread but plan to. Just wanted to add that in reading the new Consensus Model, CNS really seems to be the best way to go. I am doing research on advanced practice programs and which route to take. CNS is starting to look good because the Consensus Model emphasizes patient acuity as the defining factor in who can treat what, no matter what the setting (inpatient or outpatient). Primary care NP's need to make sure they are dealing with primary care type problems and acute care NP's need to make sure they are not doing primary care. The CNS though can treat across the primary to acute care spectrum within their population, peds or adult (adolescent through geriatric). CNS is starting to look pretty good especially since Georgia now gives CNS's prescriptive authority.
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    Hey everyone! I'm extremely new to this site, this being my first actual post, but I found this thread/board through a search and wanted to dive in.

    I'm taking prerequisites for a pediatric CNS program that's going to re-open next fall and during this time of uncertainty (will it open? is the program going to be viable?), I want to get some answers. I've been mentored a bit by a surgical CNS and another pediatric CNS who graduated 1.5 years ago and through conversations with them about what they do, it's right up my alley: policy change in the hospital, educating staff on the latest stuff, performing some varieties of research, etc. My passions are pediatric pain and integrative health (CAM therapies and the like), so I plan on bringing freshness to whatever I do.

    You all have provided a few on this thread already and I thank you for it.

    However, one of the first questions addressed (I think) was regarding the DNP.

    Ongoing from here on out, do you think the DNP role is similar enough to both the CNS and the NP that it will start taking CNS jobs? With my passion for advanced practice and interest in widespread change, is the DNP something I should look at prior to the MSN since there are some BSN-to-DNP programs that exist?

    Thanks for any information any of you can offer!

    Namaste,
    Chris
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    Yes it is dying and yes go for NP. They are retiring many CNS certifications. What a profession! Have never heard of doctors, or pharmacists or lawyers, retiring their "certifications". OMG
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    Agree with you Gardentulip!

    And...since CNS's can only be certified via ANCC, we are at their mercy.

    I would never advise anyone contemplating grad school to go for CNS.
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    I completely disagree!!!
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    We should be encouraging CNS. Everything is not about NPs and their roles. Who will we have let developing "nursing", I thought the CNS role was geared towards "nursing", its saddening.
    elkpark likes this.
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    However, the certification issue remains: in my eyes, with the adult CNS being "retired" (which is the majority of CNS's), the writing is on the wall: CNS is disappearing.

    While I don't necessarily agree with the "retiring" of the adult CNS, its a done deal.

    Can I ask that you clarify your opinion EnoRN?


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