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News: 2012-09-05 CNS Week

Celebrate National CNS Recognition Week Sept. 1-7, 2012

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and the Oregon Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists (OCCNS) would like to recognize and thank all of the Clinical Nurse Specialists in Oregon for their work and contributions to the field of nursing. To honor the roll of the CNS, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced that September 1 - 7, 2012 is CNS Week. 

As explained in an NACNS press release, CNS Week is an important annual event for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) across the country. This annual event commemorates the life of Hildegard Peplau (September 1, 1909 – March 17, 1999). Dr. Peplau was a prominent nursing theorist who published a landmark work in 1952 titled, “Interpersonal Relations in Nursing.” Her approach emphasized the nurse-client relationship as the foundation for nursing practice. She presented a partnership model that focused on shared experience through observation, description, formulation, interpretation, validation and intervention. Her work revolutionized the understanding of the role of the nurse beyond merely acting out the physician’s orders.

The CNS role evolved in 1956 with the graduation of the first Master’s Degree program that had a focus exclusively on clinical practice. Graduates of this program earned the name – “clinical specialists.” Today there is an estimated 72, 520 CNSs in the United States. These advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) hold their masters or doctorate degrees in nursing. The CNS has prescriptive authority in 36 states and focuses on the management of complex patients in a variety of settings. The CNS is an expert clinician, and may be seen in practices that are identified in terms of either population, (i.e. Pediatrics), a setting (i.e. Emergency) and/or a disease or medical subspecialty (i.e. Diabetes).

“The CNS role has evolved since the days of Dr. Peplau into an essential position in patient care. The CNS works to improve patient outcomes through direct patient care as well as improvements in health system policies and procedures,” stated Rachel Moody, MSN, CNS, RN, NACNS 2012 president. “The CNS role has the potential to find significant cost savings in the health care system. The demand is growing for these APRNs as health care systems struggle to meet the demands for improved quality of care at lower costs.”

2012 is the 4th year that NACNS has celebrated national CNS Week.


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