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With all the developments in health care, from credentialing to the changes associated with Affordable Care Act, it can be a challenge to keep up with the latest news affecting clinical nurse specialists (CNSs).

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the unique role of the CNS.  NACNS members are advanced practice registered nurses and leaders in health care.  Our members work in a variety of specialties-from acute care to diabetes to pain management and more-across the continuum of health care to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care.

NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, removing certification and regulatory barriers, and assuring the public access to quality CNS services.

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Why join NACNS?
Become a member of NACNSClinical Nurse Specialists are agents of change in the health care system, and NACNS serves to represent their unique interests and give them a national voice.

Each day, NACNS works to increase the visibility and influence of CNSs.

NACNS is the national authority for CNS practice and education.  It offers professional development and opportunities to network with other CNSs from around the country.

The association promotes ground-breaking research done by CNSs that further illustrates how CNSs are instrumental in raising the quality of health care, improving patient safety and reducing the costs of health care delivery.

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What does it cost to join NACNS?

Individual Membership

The benefits of joining NACNS far outweigh the costs.  A one year, individual NACNS membership is $159.00.  Nursing students join for $102.00, and retired CNSs join for $80.00. NACNS also offers a discounted rate for multi-year memberships.

Institutional Membership

Institutions may join NACNS and receive a bulk number of memberships. NACNS offers several levels of institutional membership depending on the size and the number of CNSs to be included. In addition, institutional members receive discounts on NACNS web job postings and conference exhibits, print and electronic subscriptions to the Clinical Nurse Specialist:  The International Journal for Advanced Nursing, a print copy of the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education and acknowledgement in the NACNS Newsletter.  Apply Now and support your CNS workforce with this important benefit.

What do I get when I join?
Join us!NACNS annual membership is an excellent value.  If calculated separately, the benefits of NACNS membership would cost more than $500.

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NACNS Activities

A sample of NACNS initiatives in 2014 include:

  • NACNS 2014 Webinar Series
  • 2014 CNS Census
  • NACNS task forces that address cutting-edge issues in health care such as: transitional care; cost and outcomes of CNS practice; and alarm fatigue.
  • First-ever NACNS Clinical Nurse Specialist Educators' Forum
  • Expanded professional practice for CNSs, including the ability to earn a pharmacology CE for attending the NACNS annual meeting
  • Professional communications and advocacy support on the federal level promoting NACNS's legislative and regulatory agenda and the role of the CNS.
  • A sustained presence in the development of APRN and LACE (licensure, accreditation, certification, education) guidelines and regulations.
  • Completion of Education Criteria - Criteria for the Evaluation of Clinical Nurse Specialist Master's, Practice Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate Educational Programs
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