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AACN and NACNS Join Forces to Create a New Data Source for Clinical Nurse Specialist Education Programs

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For Immediate Release

AACN and NACNS Join Forces to Create a New
Data Source for Clinical Nurse Specialist Education Programs

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2003 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) are pleased to announce a collaborative agreement to jointly collect data on clinical nurse specialist (CNS) education programs. This consolidation of efforts between the two organizations is aimed at creating the nation's most complete and accurate database on CNS education programs, including data related to student demographics and enrollment patterns.

"AACN welcomes the chance to work with our colleagues at the NACNS to create a single data source on CNS education," explained AACN President Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, APRN, FAAN. "This new collaboration will provide the data needed to shape education policy and health workforce planning related to the growing demand for clinical nurse specialists."

This joint data collection effort will begin in fall 2003 as a featured part of AACN's annual survey of enrollments and graduations in baccalaureate and graduate education programs in nursing. A committee of AACN and NACNS representatives will consult annually to develop a strategic plan to determine the types of data central to CNS workforce and educational issues. Following the fall 2003 survey, AACN and NACNS will assess other areas for data collaboration.

"Since clinical nurse specialists play a pivotal and expanding role in the delivery of quality health care, it is important that collect quality data related to education and the student pipeline," said NACNS President Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN. "NACNS is pleased to join with AACN to create a rich data source that can be used to analyze the student population and project future CNS supply."


The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), founded in 1995, exists to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the clinical nurse specialist to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to promote and advance the practice of nursing. Members of NACNS benefit from national, regional, and local efforts of the Association to make the contributions of CNSs more visible. For more information on NACNS' legislative priorities, publications, meetings, discussion forums, and membership services, visit

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 580 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.


Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231