APRN LACE dialogue for CNSs

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.

Monday, June 20, 2011

So what will my credentials look like after the implementation?
Well...that depends on your state and how they put the credentials together. If they follow the letter of the APRN Consensus Model though your credentials will read like this:
Susy Jones MSN, RN, APRN-CNS
if you are a nurse practitioner they will read like this:
Susy Jones MSN, RN, APRN-CNP (for certified Nurse Practioner)
Note that the population you deal with is not reflected. This is so that there is a common understanding that you are a CNS or an NP. Your population is supposed to be on your license or alternatively in your certification credentials. So if you are a certified adult health CNS then your credentials will look like this:
What does all this mean to the public though? Will they understand the alphabet soup behind our names? Probably not. That is why I recommend a 30 second elevator speech about what you do. That way you can tell people clearly and cleanly what your clinical focus is and what your role is in the facility where you work. Here's mine:
"I work in the hospital setting as an adult health clinical nurse specialist. That means I work with the nurses themselves to teach them about the complex needs of patients within their unit, I work with the patients themselves and I work with the system to ensure that the nurses can provide the best possible care."
Short, sweet, to the point and includes the three spheres of influence. So you tell me...what do you think about the standardization of the credential? Will it be good, bad or is it an indifferent move from your perspective?