CCI offers the Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification exam (CNS-CP) for advanced practice registered nurses who have completed graduate preparation (Master’s or Doctorate) in the CNS role. We offer this credential to recognize the important role CNSs have in promoting optimal perioperative patient outcomes, including:

  • Promotion of patient safety
  • Expert guidance and support of nurses and other members of the perioperative team
  • Facilitating the use of evidence-based practice
  • Reducing costs through the design, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of perioperative interventions
  • Recommending innovative solutions to identified gaps in health care delivery systems

Specialty certification helps bridge the gap between initial certification as an APRN and specialty practice. The CNS-CP credential:

  • Validates perioperative competency at an advanced practice level.
  • Positions the CNS for future developments in advanced practice.
  • Meets Consensus Model guidelines.

Individuals interested in taking the exam are encouraged to review:

The purpose of the CNS-CP exam is to provide validation for the varied advanced practice roles incorporated by the perioperative CNS, including clinical expert, consultant, educator, systems and organization change agent, and advocate for the implementation of evidence-based practices into the perioperative setting.

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