A bit curious, since a lot of nursing schools offer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) programs, yet I wonder where they end up working.
Do you personally know any CNSs in your workplace?
I am a (child) psych CNS -- I've never worked as a unit educator (and have no interest in doing so). I've worked as an individual, group, and family psychotherapist in inpatient psychiatric programs, and have also served as a formal and informal mentor and consultant to the nursing staff. I've also done psychiatric consultation-liaison nursing in a large, urban teaching hospital, where the PCLN team went everywhere in the medical center EXCEPT the psychiatric units. We spent a lot of our time working in the ED and ICU (the trauma team used us a lot).
I've also worked as an outpatient psychotherapist, have taught psych nursing, and worked for several years as a psych hospital surveyor for my state and the Feds.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 14, '10