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Beginning the CNS journey


Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I have been accepted to Liberty University's MSN program. At the end of the 2 years I will be able to sit for the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Acute Adult Care. Any Advice anyone can give me is appreciated:o

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Congratulations! What type of job will you be looking for? Do you have to find your own preceptors?

Palliative Care, DNP

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Yes I do have to find my own preceptors but there are several at my hospital who will help me out:yeah:I am hoping to find a CNS position at the hospital when I am finished. Wharever unit has an opening would be ok.:up:


Specializes in ICU, M/S,Nurse Supervisor, CNS. Has 16 years experience.

Congratulations! A few of my coworkers have graduated from that program, plus I know one who is currently attending and another who will be starting this fall (hopefully). I wish I had known about Liberty's program when I began working on my MSN, could have save a lot of time and money (I'll be doing a post MSN CNS program starting this fall). Good luck!

Congrats!! I'll be with you on your journey :) I am doing the RN-MSN bridge program....so far I have completed all of the undergrad requirements and the grad level theory class. I take Adv Pathophys and Adv Health Assessment in the fall :)

I'm excited but I am uncertain of what I will do once I graduate....I guess we have two years to figure all of this out!


Specializes in Addiction. Has 26 years experience.

I graduated LU last year. They were great. I work in Substance Abuse, as a Clinical Quality Improvement Manager and help establish practice policy and educate nurses.

Best of luck!


Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Ambulatory Care. Has 2 years experience.

I'm also very excited to start at UAB for their MSN/CNS degree.

I am currently the RN Care Coordinator for an Atlanta-area clinic. We are opening a clinic based on the patient-centered medical home. My role will be built around monitoring our patients on a continuum of care, and using our databases to manage the populations of our most common chronic illnesses.

I've always wanted to be a CNS, and I suddenly happened upon this coordinator role for this clinic almost a month ago, so I have been developing this new position during these past 3 weeks. Then, was excitedly offered a spot in the CNS program this past week.

Someone is telling me this is where i'm supposed to be and what i'm supposed to be doing.

Education, research, and support are very important to me in my role as a team member, colleague, friend, family member, care provider, etc.

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