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karnicurnc, MSN, APRN, CNS 5,183 Views

Joined: Oct 20, '09; Posts: 173 (30% Liked) ; Likes: 82
Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Specialty: 19 year(s) of experience in L/D 4 yrs & Level 3 NICU 15 yrs

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  • Nov 21 '17

    I am a neonatal CNS who graduated in May of last year. My hospital paid for me to go to school as the state requires a CNS in a Level III or higher NICU. I am 1 of 11 CNS's in my hospital (a large teaching/tertiary regional facility) and we are well-utilized in the system. I have received offers from other centers looking for a neonatal CNS, so maybe it depends on what your focus is on. I am lucky to have quite a bit of autonomy in my role, and for that I am grateful. When I went to school I was 1 of 2 neonatal CNS students and our plan of study was a hybrid - taking classes with NNP students and adult CNS students. This year that school opened up a dedicated neonatal CNS track.