Family/Individual across the Lifespan CNS?

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    I was browsing on the NACNS website and came across an area describing current initiatives with one of the following being "Population-based CNS Competency development underway - Women's Health/Gender Specific and Family/Individual across the Lifespan." (http://www.nacns.org/html/membership.php) Has anyone else heard anything about the development of a Family/Lifespan CNS certification? I assume it would be the CNS version of the FNP. I've thought this would have been an essential certification from the start. I work in a non-differentiated ED where nursing see patients across the lifespan; I see the lifespan SOP being typical in many sub-specialties. The current categories of certification for the CNS is somewhat limiting and necessitating that practitioners receive and maintain multiple certifications if their population served is across the lifespan. Excited for the CNS world if this is a direction leadership is actually pursuing.
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    Wow...that would be extremely nice. In order to see everyone, I did both an adult as well as pediatric CNS.
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    Wow. That would be interesting.
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    This is already being implemented as part of the APRN Consensus model. The move is to a population-focus instead of setting-focus. For instance, the acute/critical care CNS program I am in is now an adult-gero CNS program, and we are expected to manage that population from wellness to critical care.
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    @Melina
    Is you school working on developing a "Lifespan" or "Family" scope of practice preparation CNS? I too am in a Adult-Gero CNS program so I understand the APRN consensus model and the transition to a population focus rather than a setting focus to initial certification. If I want to someday be able to see all ages I will have to complete a post masters certification in pediatrics after completing my initial Adult / Gero certification. So far the CNS does not have a family or lifespan (birth to death) certification available. To have this SOP one requires dual certification in adults and pediatrics. If you have any information on development of a family CNS certification or training programs it seems a few of us on here would be interested in learning more. What are your plans when you are done with your A/G CNS program?


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