Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), a classification of advanced practice nurses (APNs), are registered nurses who have completed advanced clinical nurses' educational practice requirements. Qualified to handle a wide variety of physical and mental health problems, CNSs are primarily involved in providing primary health care and psychotherapy. More than 69,000 clinical nurse specialists are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Utilize their advanced nursing education to help patients make the best use of health care services
Alternate Title(s) Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Nursing students should complete several nursing internships, or clinical rotations
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Nursing Professor or Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Registered Nurse



Health Service Administrator

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Yearly Salary Range (US$ Thousands)