Clinical Nurse Specialist?

  1. I've been lurking on the CNS board and it seems like the consensus is that the CNS role can vary a lot based on the state. Is the CNS a role that is used a lot in Pennsylvania? I think the traditional CNS role is something that I would be interested in, but I have no sense of how marketable it would actually be in this state.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    During late 1980's early 9O's, many CNS staff development positions in Philly area were axed--- brought back few yrs later---sone had BSN, other any MSN degree requirments. Seemed to douse CNS education in my area.
    See few job postings for this role.
  4. by   hiddencatRN
    That's what I was afraid of. I'm in the Philly area too. I always thought I'd want to be an NP but after seeing what the NPs do that I work's not what I want to be doing.

    Oh well. It's something I'll keep in the back of my mind- I'm not ready to go back to school yet so am just brainstorming. Thanks for your reponse!
  5. by   hiddencatRN
    Oy, well according to the PA BON, there are 53 CNS in the state with active licenses vs 7,298 CRNPs as of 3/11/11. That's certainly telling.