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2015 Clinical Nurse Specialists Week: September 1-7

2015 Clinical Nurse Specialists Week: September 1-7

Tomorrow (September 1) kicks off the first day of the seventh annual National CNS Recognition Week. The theme for 2015 is The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Vital Link in Health Care Reform. Sponsored by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), this week commemorates the contributions of Hildegard Peplau to nursing and health care. Born in 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. Dr. Peplau established the first nursing master's degree program with a focus exclusively on clinical practice. Graduates of this program were called clinical specialists. Rutgers University School of Nursing is the birthplace of the CNS role. 

Clinical Nurse Specialists are advanced practice nurses who provide high quality direct patient care and interprofessional, systemic leadership in health care. They create, monitor, and evaluate cost-effective, evidenced-based policies, procedures, protocols, and best practice models. An estimated 72,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists practice in the United States. They are licensed registered nurses who hold master's and/or doctoral degrees in nursing. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs work to increase patient satisfaction, improve clinical outcomes, and reduce costs.

NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education. Visit for more information. 



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