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hi i'm a nursing student here and if possible could someone please answer the following questions:

1. why do you become a CNS and not NP?

2. could you prescribe medication if you're a CNS?

3. what are the benefits? pro of CNS?

4. the disadvantage of CNS?

5. how long did it take to get your CNS?

thank you...:balloons:

SharonH, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Geriatrics. Has 20 years experience.

hi i'm a nursing student here and if possible could someone please answer the following questions:

1. why do you become a CNS and not NP?

2. could you prescribe medication if you're a CNS?

3. what are the benefits? pro of CNS?

4. the disadvantage of CNS?

5. how long did it take to get your CNS?

thank you...:balloons:

Hi janetrette, I'm not a CNS yet, but I am in a program. Here are my answers to your questions:

1. I chose to become a CNS because I did not want to provide primary care.

2. In many states, CNSs can prescribes meds. In some states, only psych CNS prescribe, in others all CNSs can prescribe.

3.The advantages are the variety of roles which a CNS can assume.

4. The disadvantages are that many people are unsure which role the CNS plays in the healthcare system, thus they are underrecognized.

5. It will take me 4 years to complete my MSN because I only attend part-time and I sat out 1 semester due to health issues. I could have finished in 2 years if I had attended full-time.

I hope this helps.

hi i'm a nursing student here and if possible could someone please answer the following questions:

1. why do you become a CNS and not NP?

2. could you prescribe medication if you're a CNS?

3. what are the benefits? pro of CNS?

4. the disadvantage of CNS?

5. how long did it take to get your CNS?

thank you...:balloons:

1. I became a CNS because I like working in various roles. It makes the job interesting. I especially like measuring outcomes of projects that I design and help to implement.

2. My state grants prescriptive authority if the CNS has completed an advanced pharmacology course within their program of study. The CNS must work 1800 hours after graduation in a prescriptive role and have a collaborative agreement with an MD.

3. Benefits include working in a variety of roles, enhancing the quality of health care for both patients and staff.

4. Disadvantage is that not many people understand the value of the CNS or what they do.

5. My program was a 3 year MSN program (full time) with a clinical practicum component.

thank you all for the response! :balloons:

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