Clinical Nurse Specialists
Steps to Becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) are advanced practice nurses with a graduate degree in a specific area of expertise. This expertise might be in a specific patient population, a specific setting (e.g., the ER), a disease or illness, a type of care (e.g., psychiatric) or a type of health problem (e.g., stress). Clinical nurse specialists diagnose and treat illnesses, diseases and injuries, but in addition to providing direct patient care, they serve as consultants for nursing staffs and recommend ways to improve overall healthcare delivery systems.
$50,800 - $110,000
Annual Salary Range
ASN or BSN, followed by MSN
RN, plus CNS certification in the your specialty of choice