ANA Urges Recognition of Clinical Nurse Specialists in Standard Occupational Classifications

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On July 21, 2008, Linda Stierle, CEO of the American Nurses Association (ANA), advocated official recognition of clinical nurse specialists within the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). In written comments to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the ANA noted that our membership includes CNSs, who have a long history and make a unique contribution to the health care team -- including their employment and recognition by several federal agencies and departments. We also pointed out the differences in education and certification from RNs and other types of APRNs. The SOC Policy Committee had recommended separate classifications for nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives, but failed to do so for CNSs. The SOC, a national system for categorizing and analyzing occupations, in the public, private, and military sectors, will be updated for 2010. OMB plans to publish its final decision in the Federal Register, but did not indicate when. For more information, please contact Eileen Carlson, ANA Government Affairs,, (301)628-5093.