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Public Comment Invited on Neonatal CNS Standards, Curriculum Guidelines, and Competencies

In 2014, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) created a task force to develop education standards, curriculum guidelines, and competencies for the neonatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

In developing the education standards and curriculum guidelines, the task force followed closely the Criteria for the Evaluation of Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s, Practice Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate Educational Programs of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS, 2011).

In developing the neonatal CNS competencies (contained in the document’s appendix), the task force built upon the National CNS Core Competencies (NACNS, 2010) for all clinical nurse specialists and correlated them with the Education Standards and Curriculum Guidelines for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs published by NANN in 2014. The task force also considered the CNS competencies developed for the care of two specific populations by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (in collaboration with the Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University and NACNS) in 2010 and by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) in 2014.

The task force then submitted its initial draft to external expert reviewers from the Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and revised the document after careful consideration of the reviewers’ comments and suggestions.

The task force is now ready to invite public comment on the document before its final revision and publication.

Read Education Standards, Curriculum Guidelines, and Competencies for the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and submit your comments to info@nann.org, using the subject line “Feedback on Neonatal CNS Document.”

The public comment period ends on Friday, August 19, 2016. The task force welcomes your valuable comments on this important document. Thank you!

National Association of Neonatal Nurses Task Force on Neonatal CNS Education Standards, Curriculum Guidelines, and Competencies

LuAnn Hall, MSN CNS, Chair
Gail A. Bagwell, DNP APRN CNS
Lori Brittingham, MSN RN CNS ACCNS-N
Ann DeMaio, MS RNC-NIC CCNS NNP-BC
Michelle M. Fleiner, DNP RNC-NIC CCNS
Paula Forsythe, MSN RN CNS
Diane Carol Hudson-Barr, PhD RN CNS
Ellen Mack, MN RNC CNS CPHQ
Ashley Darcy Mahoney, PhD NNP-BC FAAN
Lorraine Arriola Shields, DNP APRN CNS NNP-BC