Hospital-Based Credentialing and Privileging: Overview and Implications for the Clinical Nurse Specialist : Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Hospital-Based Credentialing and Privileging

Overview and Implications for the Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dresser, Susan C. PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN, FCNS; Elgin, Kimberly W. DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN

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Clinical Nurse Specialist 37(3):p 133-138, 5/6 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000742



The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of hospital-based credentialing and privileging processes for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), describe barriers to success, and share lessons learned from CNSs who have successfully navigated the credentialing and privileging process.

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This article shares knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned from an initiative to achieve hospital credentialing and privileging for CNSs at 1 academic medical center.


Policies and procedures for credentialing and privileging CNSs are now consistent with other advanced practice providers.

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