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Welcome to NACNS

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), founded in 1995, exists to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the clinical nurse specialist to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to promote and advance the practice of nursing.

Members of NACNS benefit from national, regional, and local efforts of the Association to make the contributions of CNSs more visible.


CNS 2014 Census Results


NACNS Announces Results of the CNS 2014 Census

Patricia I. BieleckiIt is with great sadness that we note the passing of Patricia I. Bielecki, the founding President of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). She was among a group of CNSs in Indiana who came together to found the organization, to provide a unified voice for CNSs. She was dedicated to her profession and tirelessly kept up with the latest research, often staying up late to read peer-reviewed journals. Her contributions to advancing the role of the clinical nurse specialist have paved the way for the work of NACNS. In addition to her leadership role with NACNS, Bielecki was a CNS for Advocate Health Care in Park Ridge, Illinois for many years.

Bielecki passed away peacefully at home on September 26. If you would like to make a donation in her honor, the family asks all donations be made in Ms. Bielecki's name to the March of Dimes.

Legislative/Regulatory Toolkit

The Starter Kit contains resources developed to help you with the implementation of the Consensus Model and other issues that impact the practice of the CNS.

Click here for the Legislative/Regulatory Starter Kit


CNSs Reimbursed for Chronic Care Management Services (PDF)

National Nurses Week (PDF)

NACNS Approved Bylaws Changes (Members)

First National Census of Clinical Nurse Specialists Provides Insights into Education Levels, Employment, Practice Specialties and More (PDF)

NACNS Announces 2015 Board of Directors (PDF)

NEW!  NACNS Announces Results of the CNS Census (PDF)

NEW!  NACNS Announces 2015 Award Winners  (PDF)

Clinical Nurse Specialists Praise Supreme Court Decision for Reducing Restrictions on Scope of Practice for Health Care Providers (PDF)

NACNS Announces 2015 Webinar Series (PDF)

NACNS 2015 Annual Conference Press Release (PDF)

NACNS Announces Alarm Fatigue Toolkit (PDF)

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Announces Task Forces to Address Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients and Caring for Patients with Chronic Conditions (PDF)

NACNS President Expresses Concern at ANCC's Decision to Discontinue the Pediatric CNS Exam (PDF)

Ebola Information for NACNS Members

Women's Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies by NACNS and AWHONN

NACNS submits comments to Federal Register Notice in support of the CNS role as one of the four APRN roles for purposes of the Standard Occupations Classification in the Department of Labor (PDF)

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Launches National Survey to Help Collect Data on Nurse Workforce (PDF)

CNS Reimbursed for providing Transitional Care Management Services (PDF)

NACNS Statement Nurses Week (PDF)

The American Nurses Foundation is excited to announce the expansion of our Nursing Research Grants program

The Federal Trade Commission staff have published:  Policy Perspectives:  Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
This paper encourages state legislators should be cautious when evaluating proposals to limit the scope of practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). "By limiting the range of services APRNs may provide and the extent to which they can practice independently, such proposals may reduce competition that benefits consumers."  Press release -
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New Evidence-Based Guide Helps Implement Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings - Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to-Guide for Clinicians and Staff

Healthcare - One of the Best Jobs in America

2013 Almanac of Chronic Disease (PDF)

Harvard Health Study Recruiting Nurses (PDF)

Attention CNSs Who Bill Medicare for their Services (PDF)

PFCD: Needs Great, Evidence Lacking for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions

About the Clinical Nurse Specialists:

APRN Consensus Model:
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APRN Fact Sheet (PDF)



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