Arkansas is facing similar challenges in filling its nursing jobs as many other surrounding states. One of the main concerns is that not enough nursing students are graduating to keep up with the pace that new RNs are needed. The fortunate part is that Arkansas has many nursing positions currently available, because the profession has not been as drastically affected by the economic downturn as it has in many urban areas in the country.
Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice nurses that provide direct patient care and expert consultations in a chosen specialty, such as public health or neonatal nursing. To become a CNS, a licensed RN must earn a master?s and pass a certification exam in the chosen specialization, such as the exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses?especially for CNSs, who increasingly replace physicians as more affordable primary care providers.