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Blog is about the changes and updates related to the implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Consensus Model for Regulation and the Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education changes that will need to take place over the next few years.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
To Grandfather or not to Grandfather?
There are many states that currently do not recognize CNSs at all. That creates a conundrum for them as they wrestle with the concept of a CNS and how to gather them and then deal with the issues of title protection.
 
The numbers are assumed to be small since they don't really exist anyway...right? So why put out a lot of effort to identify them, deal with the variety of educational preparations, and then title protect them? Why not just adopt the APRN consensus paper recommendations from the outset and start to recognize CNSs in 2015 when the whole mess will be sorted out?
 
Unfortunatley that is what a number of states are saying...perhaps yours is among them? I know that New Hampshire and Mississippi are dealing with this...how about your state? What implications does this have for you?
 
My impression is that you will not exist...you apparently do not exist now...so therefore you will not exist in the future either. What impact will that have on your clinical practice? If you are not allowed to call yourself a CNS will that impact you or your patients or your job?
 
Let me hear from you...respond to this blog and let your peers know what you are dealing with...there is support out there but we cannot help if we do not know you are struggling with these issues directly. Lift your voice and talk about what is happening in your state. 
About the Author

Kelly A Goudreau DSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Kelly A Goudreau DSN, RN, ACNS-BC is an Associate Editor for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal and has been a participant on behalf of NACNS in the development of the APRN Consensus Model and subsequent discussions about implementation of the LACE entity.

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