I was wondering why are there so many NP schools and only a limited amount of CNS schools? Should I worry about the future of the CNS? Or am I just paranoid then tell me that. Maybe I am thinking way too much which is weird but I am usually not an over-thinker. I went on the NACNS website and saw all the institutions that had programs. I was alarmed because there is not as much choice compared to the NP schools. I saw how some schools on the list no longer offered programs or change the CNS to a doctorate.
I am asking because I really think that the role of CNS would be a perfect fit. I always wanted to advance in nursing but never got excited about administration, education, nurse practitioner, informatics, etc until I learned about the CNS role. Truly I am surprised I am even excited about it. I always wanted to go back to school for nursing but didn't feel like I wanted to just concentrate in one role. I love how CNS encompasses a lot because I don't want to be pigeon holed into a certain job/title in nursing. I just get worried when I see a plethora of NP schools and a handful of CNS. I also am worried about the CNL programs. From what I understood I thought the CNS use to do the CNL role? I wouldn't mind having a job that fits the CNL program but have want to have the advanced nursing knowlege. I live in a state where CNS are considered APRN. I can't forecast my future, but am pretty sure that I won't relocate out of state.
Well I just want to hear some feedback. I have been a nurse for eight years and won't reach retirement till 75 (looks like now
) so I have a few decades of work in the field of nursing.
Not everyone wants to be a NP for various reasons. It is discouraging
if the CNS role starts to errode away. Like, jaimeg40, I have been researching
the CNS options. I like the way the CNS description has different
roles and to me it appears to complement some of my past experiences....
The ever changing merry go round of nursing education requirements
can be confusing , no wonder why states have inconsistancy in
recognizing the CNS role.
Personally if I were younger and could afford it, I think I would choose the
PA route over an NP . Seems a direct path and a wider scope of practice.
"Well I just want to hear some feedback. I have been a nurse for eight years and won't reach retirement till 75 (looks like now
) so I have a few decades of work in the field of nursing. "
I feel old.............. Best wishes from a nurse with over 20 years experience-where does the time go.
Last edit by jahra on Dec 28, '10