State of CA CNS vs. NP - page 2

by allsmiles2008

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Are they the same in California? Does anyone know? Can CNS also prescribe meds, diagnose, etc?... Read More


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    Thanks for the reply & link, traumaRUs !! So is there a difference between ARNP's and APN's ?? I'm a little confused...if i was a CNS, does that still qualify me as an Advanced Practice Nurse even though I'm not an actual Practitioner?

    Also, has anybody heard of a CNS taking on a position in more of a small clinic setting as opposed to a hospital?? I would assume they would practice more like a ARNP...but is that ever an option, or is a CNS restricted to a hospital setting?? hope this makes sense !! Thanks !
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    APN or APRN are just titles that each state uses. In IL, for instance its APN (advanced practice nurse), in FL, seems likes its APRN (advanced practiced RN). The ANCC uses APRN as its designation but you end up using whatever title you state dictates.

    I work in a large nephrology group and work primarily in two dialysis units handling the medical needs of 200 pts. I take call every 5th weekend in two hospitals where I round on our nephrology pts, do consults, dictate, etc.
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    I know the a CNS in psych can prescribe once they fufill all requirements.
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    Quote from delphiniumRN
    I know the a CNS in psych can prescribe once they fufill all requirements.
    That depends on what state you're talking about ...
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    I thought the OP was from MA. You are absolutely right.
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    In oklahoma CNS's can apply for prescriptive authority within their specialities
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    Does anyone know the status of CNS in Tennessee? I've tried to research this, but I cannot find specific wording that explains whether or not CNS have prescriptive authority, ability to diagnose, interpret tests, etc. I did find info that stated CNS were included in the APN category, but not much else info,

    Thanks,
    Deb
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    If you can't find any info on the TN BON website (and I perused it too) you might need to call or email them.
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    Quote from dbb37128
    Does anyone know the status of CNS in Tennessee? I've tried to research this, but I cannot find specific wording that explains whether or not CNS have prescriptive authority, ability to diagnose, interpret tests, etc. I did find info that stated CNS were included in the APN category, but not much else info,

    Thanks,
    Deb
    I know that psych CNSs are eligible for Rx authority (if they meet the educational requirements and apply for the expensive certificate from the TN BON), but I don't know if that applies to other specialties as well.
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