Support of registration of clinical nurse specialists
The APRN Campaign for Concensus published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in 2008 encourages all states to standardize regulatory requirements for the four APRN roles (CRNAs, CNMs, CNPs, and CNSs). However, the NCSBN reported in October of 2018 that the Commonwealth of Virginia currently does requires licensure for the CNS nor address independent practice. As the nation struggles to provide access to care and ensure that APRNs are highly qualified to provide quality care it is incumbent on the Commonwealth of Virginia State board of nursing to follow those recommendations in line with 17 other states and territories of the US (https://www.ncsbn.org/5397.html).
I wholehearted endorse this petition to review all legislature concerning CNS practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia to improve health equity for our citizens.
Cheri S. Blevins