CNS Scope and Standards Comment Period Open

Help AACN support and elevate the essential role of CNSs

AACN is firmly committed to the graduate education and national certification of clinical nurse specialists and their competencies to care for patients across the continuum of acute through critical care.
We are updating the AACN Scope and Standards for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and invite comments on the proposed revisions. The update includes the following key elements:

  • Aligns with the “Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education”
  • Modifies the publication’s title to “Scope and Standards for the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Acute Care” to align with Consensus Model language and limit confusion among regulators and other stakeholders
  • Allows maximum flexibility for CNS nursing practice to evolve over time by clarifying the wide range of patient care environments CNSs can work in
  • Expands adult population competencies to include geriatric content
  • Incorporates the CNSs role to facilitate patient transitions across a complex environment for optimal patient outcomes
  • Integrates the translation of evidence into nursing practice

Read “Scope of Practice,” “Standards of Clinical Practice” and “Standards of Professional Performance.” The confidential online survey includes links to these documents. Then follow the prompts to respond to questions associated with each section.
As clinical experts, influencers and mentors, your input is extremely important to help AACN support the vital role of the CNS. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.  
Learn more about the APRN Consensus Model and clinical nurse specialists. If you have any questions, please email Linda Bell:

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