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Celebrate National CNS Recognition Week: Sept. 1-7, 2015

September 1 - 7 is National CNS Recognition Week, a time when hospitals and health care systems pay tribute to and build awareness of the important role that clinical nurse specialists play in ensuring that patients receive high quality care based on the best and most recent research evidence.

This year's theme for CNS Week is The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Vital Link in Health Care Reform.

ONA and the Oregon Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists (OCCNS), would like to join the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) in recognizing CNSs for everything they do!

What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)?

  • There are more than 72,000 CNSs across the U.S.
  • CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses. They have education and training in advanced nursing care, physiology, pharmacology and physical assessment.
  • According to the CNS Census, 85% of CNSs work full-time and 66% work in hospital settings. Of those, 44% have responsibility across the entire hospital system.

What Does a CNS Do?

  • CNSs work with other health care professionals and leaders in health care organizations to evaluate, design and implement proven systems, practices and policies to improve health care delivery.
  • CNSs drive innovation, from care at the bedside to system-wide improvements.


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