Multiple dockets requested a new detailed occupation for "Clinical Nurse Specialists." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 1 which states that occupations are assigned to only one occupational category and Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. Clinical Nurse Specialists are distinguished from Registered Nurses based on their educational background, and the SOC classification is task-based.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Data Collection Program, supported by the Employment and Training Administration, is able to collect descriptive information on occupations that may not meet Classification Principle 9 and identifies these occupations as breakouts within the SOC structure. This occupation, or a similar title, is one that has been identified for collection as an O*NET New and Emerging Occupation. For more information on O*NET, please visit http://www.onetcenter.org/taxonomy.html.
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Last Modified Date: March 12, 2009