Hi everyone -
I am a certified neonatal clinical nurse specialist. These jobs, especially in my home state, are pretty much non-existent. Something I wish I knew when I embarked on this journey. I've been working as a staff RN for the last 7 years despite being certified but am eventually looking into moving on. As a neonatal CNS job is virtually non-existent.. what other job titles do you CNS's hold? I'm open to working in other clinical areas either in hospital or out of hospital, not just neonatal. Please respond with job titles, if possible. This way, when I am searching job openings I have something in mind to look for. Thank you.
CNSes can be Staff Developers, Clinical Educators, Quality or Practice Improvement or in management. CNS, IMO, is one of the most versatile grad school programs there are. But you are right --- not always a lot of actual CNS jobs. CNSes can work bedside or they can teach in university. In some cases --- if your program had the 3 P's and CNSes are (in your state) considered APRNs, then you may be able to apply for NP jobs.
One thing to be mindful of is how to maintain your CNS certification. If you are not working in an actual CNS role, you will need to retest, I think, to maintain it. I could be wrong about that.
Agree with above. I'm an adult and peds CNS and my job title is NP