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Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) are advanced practice nurses who hold a master’s or doctoral degree in a specialized area of nursing practice. Their area of clinical expertise may be in: a population (e.g. pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health); a setting (e.g. critical care, emergency room); a disease or medical subspecialty (e.g. diabetes, oncology); a type of care (e.g. psychiatric, rehabilitation); or a type of health problem (e.g. pain, wounds, stress).
In addition to the conventional nursing responsibilities which focus upon helping patients to prevent or resolve illness, clinical nurse specialist jobs include diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries and/or disabilities within his/her field of expertise. Clinical nurse specialists provide direct patient care, serve as expert consultants for nursing staffs, and take an active hand in improving health care delivery systems.
There are approximately 69,000 clinical nurse specialists in the United States, practicing in settings across the span of healthcare delivery systems. CNS salaries range from $50,000 to over $100,000, depending upon the clinical specialty and geographic location in which he or she is practicing. The CNS jobs market is excellent; in fact, the current demand for CNSs far exceeds the supply.