Monday September 16th 2019

Take the NACNS 2016 Workforce Survey

Clinical nurse specialists are crucial to implementing evidence-based patient care, ensuring patient safety, reducing health care costs and much more. To best serve the interests of CNSs, as well as our health care system and health care consumers, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists needs to know about the demographics, education and practice of these advanced practice registered nurses. To that end, NACNS has launched a biennial census to collect that data.

If you were educated as a CNS, whether or not you practice as one, you are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2016 CNS Census. To take the survey, please visit the NACNS homepage at and click on the 2016 CNS Census icon or go to

Key findings from the first survey, the 2014 CNS Census, are in an infographic on the NACNS website.

NACNS is pleased to have the support of two leading health care publishers in this important effort. Springer Publishing Company, LLC and Wolters Kluwer, publisher of NACNS’ official journal the Clinical Nurse Specialist:  The International Journal for Advanced Nursing.

CNSs who complete the survey will be automatically entered in a drawing for an Apple Watch, donated by Springer Publishing, and an iPad Mini, donated by Wolters Kluwer.

The 2016 CNS Census was produced in concert with PhD nursing students at the University of San Diego, who helped refine the questions and reduce the amount of time required to complete the survey.

Information on the results of the 2016 CNS Census will be published in the Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing and available on the NACNS website.

More from category

Heading down the path to becoming  an APRN
Heading down the path to becoming an APRN

The past several years have seen significant evolution in the education of advanced practice registered nurses. And [Read More]

Update: Transition to full practice authority for APRNs
Update: Transition to full practice authority for APRNs

In 2014, this column addressed a disturbing trend: legal and regulatory requirements for a transition to practice [Read More]

Recognizing quality care
Recognizing quality care

Two notable reports on safety and quality from the Institute of Medicine — “To Err Is Human” and “Crossing the [Read More]

Celebrating a milestone
Celebrating a milestone

As 2015 drew to a close, advanced practice registered nurse stakeholders gathered to celebrate and take stock of a [Read More]