Online Master of Science in Nursing
Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Gerontology

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Online Master of Science in Nursing
Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult Gerontology

In today’s nursing landscape, specialization is the key to advanced roles and advanced care. Modern health care organizations need expert nurses able to provide focused care to unique segments of our population, including acutely ill adult populations. The online Master of Science in Nursing Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Gerontology program gives you the opportunity to deliver evidence-based nursing to in-need adults while changing your health care organization for the better.

With a CNS degree you can learn to engage within three spheres of influence, including client, personnel, and organizational systems, through patient-specific and population-based programs. This means you can apply your skills and passion for improved care beyond the patient level through nurse management and organizational leadership.

Clinical Nurse Specialists by the Numbers

  • $81,952 The average salary for clinical nurse specialists in the U.S., according to (2016)
  • 60.5% The percentage of clinical nurse specialists in the U.S. with an MSN degree, according to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (2014)
  • 78% The percentage of clinical nurse specialists who manage more than two departments in a hospital setting, according to NACNS

Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?

Reputation for Academic Excellence

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. Our online nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the National League for Nursing has recognized the Regis School of Nursing, Science & Health Professions as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Nursing Expertise

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. With our MSN, you can develop important leadership qualities in areas such as:
  • Critical thinking
  • Professional and interpersonal communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational management
  • Effective decision-making

Dedication to Social Justice

Our commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. Our MSN CNS degree is designed to help you make lasting change in the medical field by providing adults and senior citizens the care they need to manage acute illnesses.

Supportive Environment

We’re here to support you. By offering our distinguished nursing programs online with several degrees of student support and no GRE requirements, we’re breaking down the barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with our three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Associate Degree in Nursing with a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN

What can you do with an MSN CNS degree?

The CNS role is multifaceted, patient-facing, and managerial. Nurses who choose to combine the distinctive skills and responsibilities of clinical specialists with a focus in acute care adult gerontology are sought out to help provide holistic care to patients across the adult spectrum. Due to the high level of expertise and precision expected from specialized CNS professionals, they are often placed in positions of authority and leadership in any adult critical care setting. As an acute care clinical nurse specialist – adult gerontology, your responsibilities may include:
  • Diagnosing, treating, and managing illnesses in adult patients
  • Ordering and evaluating medical tests
  • Advising medical staff members on patient care
  • Designing and implementing innovative solutions to
    organizational issues
  • Promoting wellness
  • Conducting research about critical illnesses in adults
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating health programs
  • Evaluating research proposals and applying research results
    to practice

Clinical nurse specialists play an important role in the increase of positive patient outcomes in health care. In fact, the CNS practice has been linked to increased patient satisfaction, improved care administration, and use of evidence-based practices. This correlation between clinical nurse specialists and improved outcomes means your opportunities for advancement as a CNS are greater than ever.

Where can I work as an acute care clinical nurse specialist?

The impending nursing and physician shortage, new and changing health care laws, and higher standards of care across the health care system have increased the demand for expert advanced practice nurses. Highly specialized health care professionals like those with CNS degrees are especially needed to care for and meet the unique needs of adult patients and nursing teams. With a CNS degree, you can work in a variety of settings, including:
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community centers
  • Laboratories
  • Prisons

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.
“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”
President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.
When you choose Regis, you join a closely-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.

Let’s move forward

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path no matter your education level. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced health care degree today.