Clinical Nurse Specialist
The clinical nurse specialist is an advanced practice nurse who provides expert clinical practice, research, education, consultation and clinical leadership. Clinical nurse specialists are leaders in the field of nursing who promote and facilitate change. They serve as mentors, educators, and advocates. They demonstrate expertise in their specialty area and maintain strong clinical skills. They use evidence-based practice to educate other nurses and apply their clinical experience in developing cost-saving strategies in the delivery of care.
Clinical nurse specialists are advanced-practice registered nurses who have completed a master’s program in nursing (MSN) or doctoral degree program (DNP). Upon completion of the MSN or DNP program, clinical nurse specialists can obtain additional certification(s) in the specialty of choice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification in the following areas:
- Adult health
- Adult psychiatric-mental health
- Child/adolescent psychiatric mental health