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Lastly, the pros and cons for the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). One of the pros is that CNSs can choose a specific area like Forensic nursing, infectious disease, or public health in which he/she would like to practice in addition can focus on a specific patient population (HealtheCareers, 2010). The cons for CNS role are the time and money spend in order to get the advanced degree, depending on the specific area have less direct patient care, and may not make as much money as the other APN roles.As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider and the role of APN is no different. Regardless of what role Mary choses, the pros outweigh the cons and studies have repeatedly shown that advanced practice nurses provide equal or better quality care compared to the care of physicians.ReferenceHealtheCareers (2010). The pros & cons of becoming a clinical nurse specialist. Retrieved from-nurse-specialist
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