Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Parent-Child Nurse

Learn about the many opportunities for clinical nurse specialist parent-child nurses.

A parent-child nurse is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who specializes in the care of families and children. In general, a parent-child CNS educates and supports families during transitional phases of child-rearing, such as the birth of a child, and focuses on developing healthy, productive relationships between children and parents.

Being a parent-child nurse can be a very rewarding profession for the right person.

Career Overview

The job that parent-child nurses perform reduces the stress that can arise due to family conflicts, disorganization and other situations. Their duties might include delivering primary care to children or adolescents with complex health issues, working within school settings to develop health education programs and educating families on parent-child health services.

Parent-child CNSs can find job opportunities in clinical, community and school settings as health care practitioners, educators, researchers and consultants.

CNS Parent-Child Nursing Education

Clinical nurse specialists who focus on parent-child nursing typically hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a post-master’s certificate in this specialty area. Before you can begin a graduate nursing program, you will first need to have earned your undergraduate nursing degree and your registered nursing (RN) license.

Certification presents distinct advantages to clinical nurse specialists. While each state has its own requirements, earning certification as a CNS can broaden your career opportunities, increase your earning potential, and demonstrate your commitment to excellence and continuous learning in your field.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification for CNSs who meet specific eligibility requirements.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

According to O*Net a subsidiary of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median national annual salary for a clinical nurse specialist is $73,300. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.