Clinical Nurse Specialists

Job Description

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) plan, direct and coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. CNSs ensure adherence to clinical policies, protocols, regulations and standards.

Academic Requirements

Clinical nurse specialists focus on research and theory in formulating diagnoses and promoting wellness, providing evidence-based advanced nursing care according to their specialty. CNSs must have a master’s degree or post-master’s certificate. Most CNS graduate degree programs require applicants to have gained experience as a registered nurse in the specialty they have chosen. Generally, schools require 1 to 2 years direct patient experience in a clinical setting.

Clinical Nurse Specialists
$60-100
Thousand
Average
Salary
Medium
Patient
Interaction
17%
Job
Growth
 
Medium
Blood
Interaction
Master's Degree
Education
Required

Schools

University of Phoenix – St. Louis

13801 Riverport Drive
St. Louis, 63043

University of Missouri – St. Louis

8001 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, 63121
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