Clinical Nurse Specialist

A Clinical Nurse Specialist has advanced knowledge and hands-on expertise in a chosen specialty.
Required education
MSN or PhD
High salary
You’ll be a leader who’ll guide others and help make the workplace more efficient.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll teach and mentor other nurses.


You’ll supervise nurses and other staff members.


You’ll gather data and stay up to date with developments in your specialty.


You’ll examine, diagnose and prescribe medication for patients, and create treatment plans with healthcare teams.

Where you’ll work
  • Community health centers
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home care agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health clinics
  • Outpatient clinics
How to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.



Pass the National Nurses Licensing Exam.


Pass the Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist Exam.


You’re ready to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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    Nurse Hildy Schell-Chaple, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN, is our guest this week. She’s a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Patient Safety & Regulatory Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing. Hildy works in what some are calling a smart ICU and we’re...The post Critical Care Advanced Practice Nursing with Hildy Schell-Chaple appeared first on Nursing Notes Live.
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