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​CNSs may provide and manage the care of individuals and groups with complex health problems and provide health care services that promote, improve, and manage health care within the CNS's nursing specialty,  CNSs must obtain a Master's or Doctorate degree from a Clinical Nurse Specialist accredited program and pass a national CNS certification examination.  CNSs are licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing as APRNs.  They must practice in collaboration with a physician or podiatrist when providing direct patient care.  In addition to providing direct patient care, CNSs influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for health care team members and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems.

Research about CNS practice demonstrates outcomes such as:

  • Reduced hospital costs and length of hospital stay
  • Reduction in the frequency of emergency department visits
  • Improved pain management
  • Increased patient satisfaction with nursing care
  • Reduced medical complications in hospitalized patients


Other important information to know:

  • CNSs have prescriptive authority and may prescribe medications.
  • CNSs are required to have a Standard Care Arrangement with one or more collaborating physicians or podiatrists.
  •  When a CNS is collaborating with a podiatrist, the CNS's scope of practice is limited to the procedures that the podiatrist has the authority to perform according to section 4723.43(D) of the Ohio Revised Code
  • There are 11 accredited CNS programs in Ohio

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*The average annual salary range of a CNS in Columbus, Ohio does not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay (courtesy of salary.com).

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*The total number of CNSs with an "active" (or current) license authorized by the Ohio Board of Nursing as of June 30, 2016

  • $86,070-104,283*  Annual Salary Range

PRACTICE SETTINGS

Courtesy of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)

Clinical Nurse Specialists are expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice.  The specialty may be identified in terms of: 

  • Population (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, or women’s health)
  • Setting (e.g., critical care or emergency department)
  • Disease or medical subspecialty (e.g., diabetes or oncology)
  • Type of care (e.g., psychiatric or rehabilitation)
  • Type of health problem (e.g., pain or wounds)

  • 1,651*  Number of CNSs in Ohio

Role and Scope of Practice

CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (CNS)