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University of Minnesota Nurse Receives National Nursing Leadership Award

San Diego, CA – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award to Carol Manchester, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE, a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The Award recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS, and was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

Manchester has served as both President and Treasurer of NACNS, and served as a mentor to other board members. She was instrumental in developing NACNS strategic goals and chair of NACNS’ Transitional Care Task Force, and leads NACNS’ Doctor of Nursing Practice Task Force. Manchester also served on the nominating committee for the NACNS board.

“Carol’s contributions to NACNS are impressive and numerous,” said NACNS 2015 President Peggy Barksdale, MSN, RN, OCNS-C, CNS-BC. “Not only has she held several formal leadership roles, she has also acted as an exemplary leader, mentoring others and helping to guide several initiatives. We have benefited and continue to benefit greatly from her expertise and her dedication to ensuring and expanding the CNS role in guiding and improving health care. It’s a particular honor to present her with this prestigious award.”

Manchester earned her BSN at Illinois Wesleyan University and her MSN at St. Louis University.

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