Training Required to Become a Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Specialist is an Advanced-practice nursing position. This requires
a minimum of a Master of Science in Nursing degree as well as completing the required
state licensing examinations. The nurse will have a chosen area of clinical expertise.
The areas of expertise may be segregated by:
Clinical Nurse Specialists and all nurses are required to take Continuing Education
classes to insure their knowledge of current and new practices, procedures and technologies.
- Population: pediatrics, geriatrics, etc.
- Setting: critical care or long term care
- Disease: cancer, heart disease, etc.
- Type of care: mental health, palliative care, etc.
- Type of health problem: stress,wounds, etc.
What do Clinical Nurse Specialists do?
CNS' are responsible for diagnosing and treating patients. Clinical Nurse Specialists
act as expert consultants. They only deal with patients within their field of expertise
and work directly with physicians and nursing staff to improve health care processes and
A Clinical Nurse Specialist begins their career as a Registered Nurse. Through years
of specialized training both on the job and through education courses, their knowledge
grows to that of a field expert and their position and responsibilities grow too. In
2011, an average salary for a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the US was $112,000.