Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) play a vital role at Cedars-Sinai. We have over 200 APNs serving our patients and community as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and certified registered nurse anesthetists. 

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Advanced Practice Nurse Roles and Requirements

Advanced Practice Nurses are board certified and hold an advanced degree. They are clinical experts that treat, diagnose, prescribe and perform procedures in collaboration with physician partners.


Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NP) provide direct care to patients in a variety of settings. NPs are licensed by the state in which they practice and are nationally certified. They have specialty training in primary, acute care and long-term healthcare settings. NPs treat patients across the lifespan from newborns to older adults. The scope of an NP’s practice varies with individual state regulations.

NPs are registered nurses who have completed graduate-level courses including pathophysiology, medical therapeutics, medical procedures and pharmacology.

Other requirements:

  • 500 hours of supervised clinical practice
  • Pass national certification examination after graduation
  • License from the state in which you practice

Clinical Nurse Specialists

A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is a nurse who has a greater depth and breadth of knowledge and training in analyzing data. Many CN specialists receive subspecialty training for a particular area. CN specialists have the skills and expertise to identify gaps in care delivery, and design and implement interventions to improve patients’ outcomes. A CNS provides direct clinical care to patients and may influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation.

Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses who have completed graduate-level courses, including advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment.

Other requirements:

  • 500 hours of supervised clinical practice
  • Pass national certification examination after graduation
  • License from the state in which you practice

Certified Nurse Midwives

Certified nurse midwives (CNM) are primary healthcare providers to women throughout their lifespan. CN midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages. CN midwives provide supervision and advice throughout the patient’s pregnancy, labor and postpartum period.

Graduate-level course work required for CNMs.

Other requirements:

  • Pass national certification exams after graduation
  • License from the state in which you practice
  • Need recertification every 5 years

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) are nurses who can provide airway, anesthesia and pain management services. CRNAs have been providing anesthesia care for more than 150 years.

CRNAs provide specialty care across the lifespan and in all clinical settings that require perioperative evaluation and management. CRNAs often deliver critical care services in the intensive care unit, lead cardiac resuscitation teams, or provide trauma stabilization.

CRNAs are registered nurses who have completed graduate-level course work in anatomy, pharmacology and pathophysiology.

Other requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 2000 clinical training hours
  • Complete a minimum of 650 supervised anesthesia cases
  • Pass national certification exam
  • License from state in which you practice