okay - here goes:
first off, please tell us your area of expertise and what exactly your role is where you work.
i'm currently working in nephrology but have given my notice recently and am moving to a hospital where i will be helping to start a palliative care program.
how does your job help the patient? as an apn, my job helps the pt by providing bedside care to the patient, more education than the md has time to provide as well as providing the pt and family with one person to contact
is there a specilaity where being a cns is more valuable?if you mean being a cns is better than say an np or pa in a certain specialty i would think that would depend on your states practice act.
who do you report to?i currently report to 14 mds. in my new job, i will be working with only one md
do you supervise anyone?i do not directly supervise anyone at this time. however, i interact with other apns, rns and assistive personnel. i do have input on performance evaluations.
does your expertise help make hospital policy or for 1 particular unit?in my new job, i will be helping to write policies and procedures for a new palliative care program which will be hospital-wide (710 beds)
is the position more of an admistrative funciton?no, i have hands-on care responsibilities and would not like an administrative only position.
what are the educational requriements?the basic education is at least a masters degree in nursing (msn). however, per the ancc (am nurses credentialling center, effective 2015, you will need a doctorate.
what made you decide to pursue the cns?my goal was to be an apn versus only a cns. in some states a cns is not an apn. fortunately in il, they are on par with an np and pa.
where did you attend classes?i did my msn online via the university of phoenix and then went to osf saint francis college of nursing in peoria, il for the adult health cns.
did it meet your expectations?yes
has the credential opened any doors?yes, because w/o it, i would still be a staff nurse.
how have you used it in your career?see my above answer
would you recommend it and if so, why?yes indeed. it provides a way to remain active in nursing as you age and also gives you the chance to give back to nursing as an educator.
what about being a cns differs from another nurse, for example, a critical care nurse?a staff nurse provides the hands-on care of the pt on a day to day basis. the cns is a consultant who is asked for an opinion and perhaps treatment options.
what are the benefits of being a cns?usually day shift, more autonomy, more money, more job satisfaction because your work is self-directed.
does being a cns take you away from the bedside?you are still at the bedside just in a different role.
are there more supervisory duties as a cns?depends and varies with each job.
describe a day in the life of a cns.
right at the moment i'm working 50-60 hours per week and don't particularly care for that time committment which is why i'm leaving.