In addition ... many CNS's take jobs that involve evaluating and upgrading the care provided by a certain facility. For example, if they work with the oncology population, they may look at the care those patients receive and develop projects or new programs to improve the care provided by the facility ... be the change agent that brings in the latest treatment approaches, etc. Some CNS's also go into program coordinator positions or research positions. Other CNS's go into Staff Development roles and do staff education ... or take positions as faculty members at nursing schools
The CNS role is a good role to enter a wide variety of positions as it provides a broad foundation of advanced nursing knowledge. While there are not always a lot of jobs labeled "CNS," ... people with that educational preparation are often tapped for roles for which there is no specific MSN program. Through job experiences, certification, workshops, an elective course or two, etc. .... CNS's carve out a career path for themselves that don't necessarily fit a narrowly defined, single CNS role.