CNS vs. CNL - page 4

I know that this may be addressed in another thread, but if someone could either answer my question, or direct me to an answer, I would appreciate it. I know that a CNL is more of a generalist... Read More

  1. by   janeybirdRN
    There is an association. I know the president of the CNLA works in Philadelphia. I have been in contact with the director of the program I am in because I would like to shadow a CNL in my area...

    Here is my dilemma- I don't know if I really want to get my MSN-CNL or any MSN for that matter. I used to think I would be in school forever. I liked it but now I'm just done. I have a BS in Psych from PSU, an ADN from a local community college and I am enrolled in the MSN-CNL at Drexel but I am doing it online. All I do is write papers and read discussion boards. Sometimes I like online school but when I think I have 14 more classes to go and at over $600 per credit, I just don't know if it's worth it. I'm going to look into PSU WC and see how much it would take for me to just complete my BSN. I like the idea of the MSN-CNL but there's a chance this role will not survive. I want to work a M-F 8-5 and stay in direct patient care. I want to be a leader and an educator but not have to deal with managing people. That's what is so great about the CNL role. NP's have a lot more liability and the hours will not be great but on the other hand, school reimbursement is great through the NHSC. I just don't know what I want to do. I am an RN at a rehab hospital and I want to get ER/ED experience. I like my job now but it's not a long term commitment.

    Thoughts? Anyone?
  2. by   end3r
    sorry, i know this is an old thread, but i'm having a very similar situation, janeybirdRN. could you shoot me a PM? i'm having a lot of apprehension going into my MSN program and with a lot of questions that no one has been able to answer. it'd be greatly appreciated.
  3. by   TIHealth
    Dear Amanda,
    The traditional colleges with a pure CNS track are very specific and involved. As a CNS you are a exert clinican in specialty area like surgical critical care, pedi icu.
    The subroles of the track are leader, educator, change agent, researcher,consultant. The advance sciences involve medical physiology, advanced pathophysiology, research, healthcare policy etc. to name a few. The clinical and research in these tracks is comphrehensive. A pure CNS should be able to function in all of the roles as an expert in their specific field. This is very different than the tracks as a educator or administrator. I have practiced, served as graduate faculty and precepted and hopes this helps you. Sage College in NY and other NY schools did have the traditional tracks.
  4. by   TIHealth
    As a Critical Care CNS, ACNP, ANP I serve as a provider, expert, consultant throughout the country. After reading all
    of the above comments I would encourage all of you to look into a traditional CNS programs. Again, Sage, Skidmore--- the NY colleges were one of the pioneers in the CNS programs with outstanding faculty. You need the theory, sciences and most important the clinical faculty to be there for you. Sometimes we need to explore our options. I can state that the courses, clinical internships, and research were above and beyond the two NP tracks I did in Boston.

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