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LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing Master of Nursing (MN), Primary Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nursing Administration concentrations has transitioned to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree for the MN graduate concentrations. If you are interested in our BSN to DNP curriculum, please click here to visit our BSN to DNP home page for more information about our admission criteria and application process.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)?
The Clinical Nurse Specialist provides quality health care to individuals through both direct nursing care, as expert clinicians with a selected population of patients addressing both acute and chronic healthcare needs and indirect care that impacts clients, nursing, and health care system outcomes. According to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), Clinical Nurse Specialists provide expert care to patients with complex health conditions and advance nursing practice by designing innovative evidence-based interventions, influencing nursing practice of other nurses, and influencing the healthcare system. Clinical Nurse Specialists have a strong theoretical foundation for practice, understand disease management and health promotion and disease prevention, use critical thinking, clinical decision making, and problem solving strategies, use technology to improve patient outcomes, and teach patients, nurses, and other health care professionals. They are expert advanced practitioners, educators, consultants, leaders, collaborators, and coordinators of inter-professional care to improve patient outcomes.

Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Specialist programs are eligible to complete the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist board certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

For further information about this program of study, please contact the Office of Student Affairs:

Phone Numbers: 504-568-4197 or 504-568-4213
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