Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Career Description
A Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) works to improve the health of the community on an individual, family and societal level. Community health clinical nurse specialists assess community health, plan health programs, influence community health policy development and work to remove barriers to health care access.
A community health clinical nurse specialist may work in either a public health or primary care setting and focuses on empowering and improving the overall health and wellness of the community, including disease prevention, access to care issues, population assessments and program planning. For registered nurses with a particular concern regarding community health care, this is a rewarding degree choice that leads to increased earning potential and expanded employment opportunities.
Entrance into a graduate-level program to become a community health CNS generally requires current licensure as a registered nurse and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). To find specific program requirements, or to learn more about becoming a community health CNS, browse the comprehensive list of colleges below.