CNSs are underutilized resource for healthcare in the Commonwealth of Virginia
I support the The Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (VaCNS)’s petition to revise the regulations governing Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) registration and practice that is necessary to recognize the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) as an Advanced Practice Nurse. As an APN educated, certified and licensed to provide advanced patient care from assessment to treatment and overall health promotion, it is time to be progressive in practice. The CNS has been denied the ability to practice to the fullest extent of their education and licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia in comparison to other states who benefit from this great resource. We are not just nurses. We are a group being underutilized in meeting the needs of our Commonwealth's patients at a time when all resources are needed. The Commonwealth of Virginia needs to recognize and support the promotion of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation (2008).