Public Health/Community Clinical Nurse Specialist

  1. What type of roles do you have? Administrative, educator, or clinician? Thanks for sharing, there doesn't seem to be too many of us around.
    Last edit by One4All on Dec 17, '12 : Reason: sp
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  3. by   SycamoreGuy
    Haven't seen a lot of these, I'm curious, what would be the difference between a public health CNS and a RN with a MPH?
  4. by   passionflower
    Don't know but since this is the direction I am hoping to go into it would be nice if somebody responds.
  5. by   mmcgill
    A Clinical Nurse Specialist is considered an advanced practice registered nurse in most states. If you are an RN with a MPH you are not an advanced practice nurse, therefore, you cannot practice medicine. Depends where you live, but in Oklahoma and Texas CNS's are widely used, with that being said if you have your CNS you can always go into other roles. Hope this helps.

    Matthew McGill APRN-CNS,MSN,CCNS,CCRN
  6. by   marycarney
    No snark intended - but nurses do not 'practice medicine'. I suspect you meant something along the lines of prescriptive authority, but in no way shape or form do nurses 'practice medicine'.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Sorry, but APNs DO PRACTICE MEDICINE.

    http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/documen...0MO%202012.pdf

    I assure you that my practice is medically based. You are right though in that prescriptive authority alone does not mean I practice medicine. Rather it is my level of assessment skills, ability to diagnose, order tests, interpret tests/labs and then (if needed) prescribe. I also write medical orders in the hospital, perform medical H&Ps, consults and discharge summaries. All of these encompass practicing medicine.
  8. by   mmcgill
    Mary
    I assure you APRN's (depending on state) can practice medicine. I work for a hospitalist group here in Oklahoma at Integris Baptist. In the state of Oklahoma, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses can indeed practice medicine. TraumaRUs, thanks for the back up. No snark taken. By the way prescribing medications, diagnostic orders, referrals, ect. are all a part of practicing medicine.

    Matthew McGill APRN-CNS,MSN,CCNS,CCRN
  9. by   Psychcns
    Quote from mmcgill
    Mary
    I assure you APRN's (depending on state) can practice medicine. I work for a hospitalist group here in Oklahoma at Integris Baptist. In the state of Oklahoma, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses can indeed practice medicine. TraumaRUs, thanks for the back up. No snark taken. By the way prescribing medications, diagnostic orders, referrals, ect. are all a part of practicing medicine.

    Matthew McGill APRN-CNS,MSN,CCNS,CCRN
    I have thought being an APRN is practicing medicine for a long time. I do the same job as my psychiatrist counterpart. My different education gives me a different perspective.
    However we are nurses regulated by boards of nursing. My license says I am a nurse. I am a psych CNS with prescriptive authority working as a psych NP.
  10. by   mmcgill
    Mary maybe right though. We can only practice some parts of medicine, but that goes for physicians as well.
  11. by   mmcgill
    What state do you work in Psychcns?
  12. by   Psychcns
    Quote from mmcgill
    What state do you work in Psychcns?
    MA and NH so far.
    Licensed also in CT and OR-haven't worked there yet.
  13. by   SycamoreGuy
    Nevermind
  14. by   marycarney
    Again - no snark intended. But I would suggest that unless your activities are governed by the board of medicine in your state, you are not practicing medicine.

    If you are governed by the board of nursing, you are practicing NURSING as an APN.

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