need advise on becoming a CNS

  1. <span style="font-family: comic sans ms;"><font size="3">Hello! I have had a dream of earning my MSN/Ed so that I can start educating and teaching my fellow nurses. I also have a goal of earning my CNS in critical care and trauma as that is what I have worked and love for 10 years. I need some advise however...can a CNS be earned after I have finished my MSN/Ed? Is it a post-graduate program? Do you have to be a practitioner (NP) to be a CNS? Ideally, I would like to get my MSN/Ed then my CSN. I would love to start teaching and doing national educational conferences ASAP but if it's quicker and/or easier to earn my CNS with my MSN then complete an education program, I wouldn't want to duplicate any studies! I don't want to spin my wheels or waste any money as I will be paying for all of this. Any advise, information, personal experiences are greatly appreciated!!!<br>
    -Scott, RN, CCRN-CMC, CEN, CHFN</font></span>
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    Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 15; Likes: 1
    Critical Care Regsitered Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience


  3. by   juan de la cruz
    If you want to have unrestricted CNS credentials that can transfer with you everywhere you go in the US, your best bet is to complete a Master's degree program that is specifically focused on training you to be certified as a CNS by ANCC.

    ER and Trauma is quite a specialized field. You may find a specific program that will train in Trauma and Critical Care such as this one:

    But for the most part, CNS programs are broad: Adult, Peds, and Psych are the most common.