The average salary for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is $82,601 per year. A skill in Labor & Delivery, Birthing is associated with high pay for this job.
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$62,118 - $108,350
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$62K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,600
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$23.92 - $55.98
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,118 - $108,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$59,943 - $112,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.92 - $55.98  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$59,943 - $112,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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Job Description for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) are responsible for clinical care and nursing practices in a specialized unit or clinic. Clinical nurse specialists are a type of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) with a focus on the management and improvement of nursing care and patient satisfaction within a particular clinical department such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, or oncology. They teach new techniques for patient care to nurses under their supervision, tailoring their methods according to department-specific needs. Clinical nurse specialists analyze patient results (in terms of both satisfaction and medical outcomes) and use this analysis to provide feedback and develop policies within their department. They work closely with other medical professionals to assess current patient care standards and find potential improvements. Clinical nurse specialists also provide clinical service directly to patients, giving medical assessments and nursing care.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Tasks

  • Educate patients, community and staff.
  • Conduct research in field of specialty.
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel specific patient population.
  • Maintain clinical practice and case management.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries


National Average
$84,000




Skills That Affect Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries



Acute Care
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Oncology
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Operating Room / OR
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Medicine / Surgery
0%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$84,000

Pediatrics
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Wound Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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