NP vs MSN/CSN

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    Hello out there....


    I am currently looking for CNS progam: CNS/MSN? with a focus in diabetes. Am thinking that may be the path I want to choose but also considering becoming an NP with a diabetes focus and not sure which path might be better. So if anyone has any opinions on the differences between NP/CNS let me know. Also I am assuming CSN's have their masters? And if anyone has any programs that they could recommend that would be great.

    thanks.
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    Hello and welcome to allnurses.com

    So good to have you join us.

    Yes, CNS are educated at the Masters level. traumaRUs is a CNS (administrator here at allnurses.com) and will be along later to assist you.

    Check out this thread in the meantime:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f119/dif...do-182191.html

    Good luck with your future plans and hope you enjoy the site.
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    The CNS is the expert in certain disease processes or does case management type duties for a certain patient population, provides education to patients and staff. I am an adult health CNS. In IL, the CNS and NP roles are blurred per our state board of nursing. I actually work in an NP role. I enjoy that role much more than education at this juncture in my career.

    Do you know the job market in your area? That is important too. Take care.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    The CNS is the expert in certain disease processes or does case management type duties for a certain patient population, provides education to patients and staff. I am an adult health CNS. In IL, the CNS and NP roles are blurred per our state board of nursing. I actually work in an NP role. I enjoy that role much more than education at this juncture in my career.

    Do you know the job market in your area? That is important too. Take care.
    Hi Trauma,

    Do you know how it works in California? I'm debating between NP and CNS, and would love to know your thoughts about working in either role in CA.

    TIA!
    K
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    No, I'm sorry to say I'm not familiar with CA. Perhaps joining the CA state advanced practice organization? This would get you some inside information about what jobs are available and who holds these jobs. Then...you could base your education choice around this.

    BTW - yes, I do have an MSN with a concentration in management and leadership. Then...I went back to school for a post-MSN CNS (adult health) certificate.


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