• Tuesday, September 01, 2020 4:50 PM | Anonymous

    National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week (CNS Week) is September 1-7, 2020. The theme for this year is The Resurgence of the CNS. Are you ready to celebrate? Download our toolkit here!

    What is CNS Week? 

    CNS week is an annual event that acknowledges the contributions of the nearly 90,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) in North America.

    NACNS established National CNS Recognition Week (CNS week) in 2009 to commemorate and celebrate the birth of Hildegard Peplau, who was born on September 1, 1909. Dr. Peplau was a prominent nursing theorist whose landmark book, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, emphasized the nurse-client relationship as the foundation for nursing practice and today serves as the basis of the CNS role in health care.

    CNS Week is a perfect time for CNSs to celebrate and bring attention to the role, and for hospitals and health care systems to pay tribute to the valuable part CNSs play in health care and health care delivery.

    What is NACNS doing?

    NACNS will be sending communications to our audiences through email and social media during CNS week that embraces this year’s theme, Resurgence of the CNS. Every day, for seven days, NACNS will introduce new resources and tips to follow to help spread awareness of the CNS role.

    Tuesday, September 1 – History of CNS Week

    • Celebrating the birthday of Hildegard Peplau and the 11th anniversary of CNS week

    Wednesday, September 2 – The Story of the CNS

    • Communicating the story and history behind the CNS role and what makes it unique

    Thursday, September 3 – Continuing to Advance the Unique Expertise of the CNS

    • Sharing available resources that contribute to enhancing CNS education

    Friday, September 4 – CNS Fact Friday

    • Explaining the differences between CNSs and other healthcare workers and setting the record straight on common misconceptions

    Saturday, September 5 – Working Together to Achieve the Resurgence of the CNS

    • Encouraging engagement in the CNS community and highlighting available networking opportunities

    Sunday, September 6 – Honoring Those Keeping the Role Alive

    • Commemorating NACNS membership anniversaries and recognizing those who have raised the profile of the CNS role, research, practice, education, and service.

    Monday, September 7 – Looking Towards the Future of the CNS

    • Sharing ideas and resources that help with increasing the number of CNSs and educating the public on the role of the CNS.

    What can you do?

    Download our celebration toolkit, where we have compiled a list of resources that you can use to celebrate with your audience!

    Download here.

    All information listed can be found at

  • Monday, August 31, 2020 3:43 PM | Anonymous
    The National Institutes of Health announced in July that Shannon Zenk, RN, PhD would assume the role of director of the National Institute of Nursing Research in fall 2020. NINR supports research and training to advance symptom science, promote wellness, support self-management of chronic conditions, enhance palliative and end-of-life care, and develop the next generation of nurse scientists.

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  • Friday, August 28, 2020 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    Stay up to date on policies that affect CNSs! The CNS Scope of Practice and Prescriptive Authority and CNS Independent Prescriptive Authority maps have been updated as of 7.31.20.

    To see the maps, visit this link:​ 

  • Monday, February 10, 2020 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    May 26, 2020 

    Block your calendars to appreciate and recognize the history of nursing in Northeast Ohio and celebrate CNS work.

    4-6 pm Health Education Campus
    9501 Euclid Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44106

    Check back for updates

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Registration is now open for the October 30th NEOCNS event! 

  • Monday, July 09, 2018 1:51 PM | Anonymous
  • Monday, July 09, 2018 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Jul 2, 2018: With the ongoing discussions regarding the Ohio Board of Nursing’s attempt to regulate specialty populations, OAAPN received this article from the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP).  This article supports the utilization of Family Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Department settings due to the populations who utilize these services.  To provide a more balanced discussion with the OBON, this article will be provided to the OBON staff for dissemination to the APRN Advisory Committee.

    Dr. K. Sue Hoyt discusses a variety of topics, including data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that state 40% of patients evaluated in the Emergency Department are women and children and 3%-5% are critical care patients. This data does not support the opinion  that all APRNs practicing in the ED must be acute care certified.

    Thank you to our friends at AAENP for this well written article.

    Jun 22, 2018: OAAPN’s House Bill 111, authorizing Psych APRNs to compel mental health evaluations (the “Pink Slip” Bill), passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday and now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature. 90 days after he signs the bill, it will be law and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists will be able to mandate a psychiatric evaluation for individuals who have suicidal or homicidal ideations. This authority is for mental health evaluation only to determine if the individual needs a psychiatric admission. OAAPN has worked on this issue for six years and thanks all members who worked tirelessly to ensure Ohioans suffering with behavioral health issues receive needed evaluations.

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 4:37 PM | Anonymous 

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    By a vote of of 396 to 14, the House passed H.R.6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act, on Friday, June 22, 2018. This bill includes a provision that makes permanent the authorization for NPs and PAs to prescribe medication assisted treatments and expands that authorization to include CNSs, CNMs and CRNAs for five years until October 2023.

    H.R. 6 now goes to the Senate for consideration. It is unclear if the Senate will take up the bill during the summer.

    NACNS has done a great job keeping us posted on this legislation!

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