Revised 2017 CNS core competencies open for comment

On November 1, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) opened the comment period to the public for the revised draft of the 2017 clinical nurse specialist (CNS) core competencies. Members of the public are encouraged to review and submit their comments before the period closes on January 8, 2018. The final 2017 core competencies are planned to be published by the fall of 2018.

In a letter to the public, Chairperson of the NACNS Task Force for the Revision of the NACNS Statement on Education and Practice, Carol Manchester, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE, wrote that “The task force’s goal was to revise the current core competencies (and CNS Statement) to reflect the unique skills of the CNS and to review a wide-range of publications and models before finalizing the draft CNS Core Competencies.” The 2017 CNS core competencies have been reduced from more than 70 to 44.

NACNS is the only national association dedicated to representing the CNS role, and the association’s core competencies represent the entry level competencies for a CNS graduate regardless of preparation in a master’s or doctor of nursing practice program.

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