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Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Who We Are

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A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with clinical specialty expertise for a population. CNSs practice in three spheres of impact: direct patient care, nurse/nursing practice, and at the organization/systems level.

Activities in one sphere interact, impact, and enhance activities in the other spheres. The full impact of the role is demonstrated when a CNS functions in and across all three spheres. Therefore, the role fluctuates at any given time, depending on the needs of the healthcare system, patient care unit, patient/family, or community. While the spheres intersect and overlap, the direct care sphere is the all-encompassing, overarching focus of the CNS role.

A CNS has a Masters or Doctorate Degree in Nursing from a state-approved school of nursing accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with a major in the clinical nursing specialty to which the nurse is assigned. A CNS has a minimum of 5 years experience, is certified in a specialty area, and is accountable for a specific patient population within a specialized program of care.

Our Team

Gena Bergvall

Gena Bergvall,
DNP, RN,
AGACNP-BC,
AGCNS-BC,
ACCNS-AG, CCRN,
CNRN

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Ann Peterson

Ann Peterson,
PhD, RN,
APRN-CNS, CMSRN

Full Bio

Steve Risch

Steve Risch,
DNP, RN,
CCNS, CCRN

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Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith,
DNP, MSN, RN,
APRN-CNS,
BMTCN, AOCNS

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Susan Smith

Susan Smith,
DNP, APRN,
ACNS-BC

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Patricia Todd

Patricia Todd,
DNP, RN,
APRN, PCNS-BC,
CPEN

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Assumpta Ude

Assumpta Ude,
PhD, CNS,
CRNP

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Myra Woolery

Myra Woolery,
PhD, RN,
APRN-CNS,
CPON

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Clinical Nurse Specialists

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This page last updated on 06/07/2022

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