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Franciscan Alliance Nurse Receives National Nursing Leadership Award

Philadelphia, PA – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award to Rachel Moody, MS, CNS, RN, the Administrative Director for Critical Care and Infection Control at Franciscan Alliance in Hammond, Ind. 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.

Moody has served on the NACNS Board of Directors since 2009, including as Vice President and President. She was also the co-chair of the NACNS Annual Conference Planning Committee in 2010 and 2011. Moody has spoken to a variety of audiences about the role of the clinical nurse specialist in the changing health care landscape at national and local conferences and meetings.

On the state level, Moody sits on the Practice Committee of the Indiana Center for Nursing and she was a member of the workgroup that wrote a White Paper on reimbursement for advanced practice registered nurses in Indiana.

“Over the years, Rachel has demonstrated a deep commitment both to NACNS and to promoting the role of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in health care,” said NACNS 2016 President Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS, FAAN. “Her skills, talent, expertise and dedication to ensuring that the CNS continues to play a central leadership role in health care are truly inspirational. We have benefitted greatly from her leadership and are deeply grateful for all she does and will continue to do to help improve health care and the health of patients.”

Moody earned her BSN at Valparaiso University and her MSN as a Cardiothoracic Clinical Nurse Specialist at Purdue University Calumet. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

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