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Survey outlines the current characteristics of CNSs. Every two years, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists surveys nurses who are enrolled in or have completed a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) program to gather information on this population of practitioners and describe what they do that differs from other providers. More than 3,000 CNS practitioners responded to the 2016 survey. According to the latest findings, most CNSs are master's-prepared white women who practice in adult health or gerontology in acute care hospitals. Other findings include data on prescriptive authority and certification statistics. Read more at