I see the CNS role as true
"advanced practice nursing
"; the other advanced practice roles are more like "medicine lite." (Yes, I realize that's a v. "politically incorrect" position in nursing ...
) As a child psych CNS, I have provided direct client care (psychiatric evaluation/dx and psychotherapy) in a wide variety of settings and taught psych nursing -- don't have Rx authority, don't want
it, and wouldn't take it if you tried to give
it to me (in fact, I've turned down opportunities to get it). Haven't needed any additional authorization beyond my basic RN license, my graduate education, and national CS certification.
However, as others have noted, the legal definition of "advanced practice nursing" varies somewhat from state to state. Also, as llg said, I would encourage you to first figure out what you want to do
, and then
figure out what degree you need to get there ...
Best wishes for your journey!