The California Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists started in the late 1980’s as the Southern California CNS Network when a small group of clinical nurse specialists, working at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, banded together to share expertise and seek out learning opportunities.nurses3

Over the past 30 years, the Southern California CNS Network has grown from a handful of members to over 180 and we have changed our name (CACNS) to reflect participation by all interested clinical nurse specialists in the entire state of California. This has been no easy feat and diligent efforts are credited to a membership body with vast expertise and also to a board of officers and directors who volunteer their own time to coordinate all activities as well as an extensive membership database.

Our large and multi-talented group has created an energy that has seen us through significant growth as we strive to keep our members abreast of the legislative and political changes affecting the role of the clinical nurse specialist locally, regionally and nationally. One of our major goals was to strengthen our ties with the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).

Currently, over 37% of our members also belong to the NACNS organization. In addition, several of our members currently hold positions within NACNS illustrating our continued commitment to national organizational efforts. We are a strong affiliate of the NACNS. It has always been our philosophy that there is power in numbers. We value the significant impact that the role of the CNS plays in a variety of clinical and academic settings. The strong ties between the NACNS and California Association CNS have helped us continue to see this to fruition.
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