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Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

Wendy J. Meyeroff / Monster Contributing Writer

Clinical Nurse Specialists

CNSes are “expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing,” according to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). CNSes can specialize in a specific disease (such as cancer), population (such as women or children), setting (such as an ER), type of care (such as rehab) or type of problem (such as pain).

The NACNS reports that almost 70,000 RNs have received the education (a master’s or PhD) and certification to practice as CNSes, and more than 14,000 are also nurse practitioners. As of 2000, salaries averaged almost $51,000. The NACNS has information on state requirements and various specialty certifications.

If one of these opportunities appeals to you, interview colleagues currently practicing in your area of interest and check with professional associations to determine the next steps you must take to advance your career.

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