The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists has partnered with several national nursing organizations to help collect data on the demographics, education and practice of clinical nurse specialists. NACNS designed and has launched the 2014 CNS Census, an online survey to capture information about people who identify themselves as or who were educated as CNSs, according to a news release. The association encourages nurses who meet those criteria to complete the survey before Dec. 31 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CF56ZXM.
In the past, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration conducted national sample surveys of the nurse workforce; the last survey took place in 2008.
The national sample survey of nurses provided crucial information that helped healthcare systems, policymakers, educators and others develop policies and practices to improve healthcare, NACNS President Les Rodriguez, RN, MSN, MPH, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNS, said in a news release. Were proud to step in and be a part of the effort to make sure that our nation continues to collect this important data.
Rodriguez stressed that all graduates of CNS programs are welcome to take the survey not just NACNS members. The more responses we receive, the better we can help meet the healthcare needs of our nation, he said in the release.
The NACNS survey will provide information on how nurses with CNS education and experience are contributing to the healthcare system. Results of the CNS Census will be published in the journal Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing.