While the majority of the nation seems to be struggling to fill nursing jobs, Kansas has recently seemed to buck the trend. This is due to the increased number of students who decided to enter into nursing in recent years. The benefit is great for all parties involved. Kansas hospitals are no longer scrambling to fill vacancies, and nursing students are not being thrown into the fire right out of nursing school. The result has been higher quality nursing and improved retention rates throughout the state.
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.