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Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialist—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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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 2.6 million registered nurses, which includes clinical nurse specialists, are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$75,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Nursing Professor or Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Registered Nurse

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