Clinical Nurse Specialist

A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse who can provide expert advice related to specific conditions or treatment pathways. According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), an Advanced Practice Nurse is a registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context and/or country in which s/he is credentialed to practice. Clinical Nurse Specialists are registered nurses, who have graduate level nursing preparation at the master's or doctoral level as a CNS. They are clinical experts in evidence-based nursing practice within a specialty area, treating and managing the health concerns of patients and populations. The CNS specialty may be focused on individuals, populations, settings, type of care, type of problem, or diagnostic systems subspecialty. CNSs practice autonomously and integrate knowledge of disease and medical treatments into the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients' illnesses. These nurses design, implement, and evaluate both patient–specific and population-based programs of care. CNSs provide leadership in the advanced practice of nursing to achieve quality and cost-effective patient outcomes as well as provide leadership of multidisciplinary groups in designing and implementing innovative alternative solutions that address system problems and/or patient care issues. In many jurisdictions, CNSs, as direct care providers, perform comprehensive health assessments, develop differential diagnoses, and may have prescriptive authority. Prescriptive authority allows them to provide pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments and order diagnostic and laboratory tests in addressing and managing specialty health problems of patients and populations. CNSs serve as patient advocates, consultants, and researchers in various settings [American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice (2004), p. 15].

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Scholarships for Clinical Nurse Specialist Majors

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Catalyst $100K Healthcare Scholarship

Catalyst Scholars

$100,000 Varies See Details
 

Catalyst $100K Healthcare Scholarship

Catalyst Scholars

award

$100,000

deadline

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McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

$17,000 January 15, 2022 See Details
 

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

award

$17,000

deadline

January 15, 2022
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Bamberger Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$12,000 Varies See Details
 

Bamberger Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$12,000

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AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

AfterCollege, Inc.

$10,000 September 30, 2021 See Details
 

AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

AfterCollege, Inc.

award

$10,000

deadline

September 30, 2021
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Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

award

$6,000

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Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,002 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

award

$5,002

deadline

November 01, 2021
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Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship

Direction Home Akron Canton

$5,000 September 30, 2021 See Details
 

Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship

Direction Home Akron Canton

award

$5,000

deadline

September 30, 2021
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Irene Bunch Belden Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$3,100 Varies See Details
 

Irene Bunch Belden Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$3,100

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Castle Foundation Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$2,700 Varies See Details
 

Castle Foundation Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$2,700

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Olive L. Berger Nursing Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$2,600 Varies See Details
 

Olive L. Berger Nursing Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$2,600

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