New Facebook group for CNS

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    I've created a facebook group for CNS/CNS students in the USA. We can network, post jobs and information regarding our cherished title!
    Last edit by DidiRN on Sep 9, '13
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    There is a ANCC CNS exam study group on FB if u r interested. I just finished my program and took my exam this past summer. Passed on the first try thank god but I do wish I had done the NP tract in grad school :-(
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    Why do you now wish you had completed an NP track? Availability of job? Pay scale for traditional CNS's?
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    Because although I live in a state that recognizes CNSs as an APRN I'm feel I'm not as marketable as a NP. I'm also limited to working in my state. If the job I was promised while in school does not pan out working with a CNS and NP in palliative care then I'll just be devastated. I might end up calling my university and asking if I can redo CLINICALS with the NP focus this time. In neighboring states CNS is not an APRN namely NY where I've seen many jobs in the speciality area I'd like to work but the postings are for NPs
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    Oh gotcha. You're hoping to be filling more the traditional advance practice prescriber role. Many a CNS on here has encouraged those wanting to be an APN to do an NP program over a CNS program.
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    Yes I conquer. CNS are used mainly for staff Ed in my state.
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    Have no fear! All you have to do is apply for NP jobs and write on your resume and cover letter that you are an APN! Say that you HAVE PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY, since that is all they are looking for. Perhaps it says NP b/c it's more popular and the HR people dont know about the CNS role...just enlighten them! don't spend all that money on an NP degree...it's basically the same thing!
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    Quote from pilgrim192
    Have no fear! All you have to do is apply for NP jobs and write on your resume and cover letter that you are an APN! Say that you HAVE PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY, since that is all they are looking for. Perhaps it says NP b/c it's more popular and the HR people dont know about the CNS role...just enlighten them! don't spend all that money on an NP degree...it's basically the same thing!
    This is correct in states that recognize CNS as an APRN and allows CNS to have prescriptive authority. NY does not recognize CNS, CA recognizes psych CNS but won't allow prescriptive authority. AZ won't allow CNS to prescribe-- I think they recognize CNS as APRN. Does anyone know what kind of state political advocacy for CNS and adoption of APRN consensus model is being done in these states??
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    Quote from Psychcns
    This is correct in states that recognize CNS as an APRN and allows CNS to have prescriptive authority. NY does not recognize CNS, CA recognizes psych CNS but won't allow prescriptive authority. AZ won't allow CNS to prescribe-- I think they recognize CNS as APRN. Does anyone know what kind of state political advocacy for CNS and adoption of APRN consensus model is being done in these states??
    CACNS has been involved in lobbying for prescriptive authority for all CNS's in CA. They have not been successful thus far mainly because I see the vast majority of CNS's in traditional roles of providing nursing staff development and offering clinical expertise in specialized fields of healthcare. Our hospital (an academic medical center) have used many CNS's in important clinical roles in Diabetes Management, Wound Care, Critical Care Nursing (both adult and peds), and Cardiac Care. They offer medical management recommendations (i.e., insulin management, wound care products) but do not write medication orders. I think many are very happy in this role and feel well appreciated for their contribution to over all hospital care. They are also outnumbered by NP's in the entire system (maybe 20:200+ ratio of CNS to NP).
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    I don't know the overall strategy for implementing the complete APRN consensus model. For the CNS there are about 16 states that do not allow prescribing.
    I found a study done by the California BON in 2010 on the web on CNS job satisfaction. It seems CNS would like the option of prescriptive authority.
    I think also that if schools want to keep offering a CNS track, more students would choose it because of the increased option of roles if it also includes prescriptive authority. It would make the degree more attractive.
    I have heard of Psych CA CNS's getting authorized to prescribe inOregon to increase their chances of being authorized in CA--it being a neighboring state.
    So the glass is more than half full for us. I am just annoyed that I can prescribe in some states and not other states.


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