Year: 2017


Clinical Nurse Specialists Join the Front Lines of Infection Control

Nurses are the front-line of defense against the spread of infections in U.S. health care facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging diseases often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties, such as environmental cleaning and waste management.

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) so that clinical nurse specialists can better address emerging threats and follow infection control procedures to not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients and nurses working at the bedside.

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Cuts to Nursing Workforce and Health Programs Would be ‘Shortsighted and Potentially Devastating’

Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint:

“Last week President Trump proposed shortsighted, potentially devastating cuts to nursing workforce programs in his FY18 budget blueprint. As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is troubled that these contractions would drastically reduce the health care workforce’s capacity to serve their patients and communities. The funding cutbacks will exacerbate a shortage of highly educated nurses, just as our country is aging and the need for care is growing.

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National Nursing Organization Honors Nurses from Across the Country for Leadership, Service and Mentoring

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) honored clinical nurse specialists from Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Ohio for their extraordinary work advancing and showcasing the critical role clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) play in health care. The awards were presented during NACNS’s 2017 annual conference, Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conquering Change in the Health Care Environment, in Atlanta, Ga. 

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Philadelphia Area Nurse Honored with National Nursing Service Award

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Sue B. Davidson Service Award to JoAnne Phillips, DNP, RN, CPPS, a manager for quality and patient safety at Penn Home Care and Hospice Services in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. This Award recognizes extraordinary service to NACNS. It is named for Susan B. Davidson, a founding member of NACNS who served two terms as President of the association and chaired the NACNS Research Committee. The Award was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

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Connecticut Nurse Honored with National Nursing Leadership Award

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award to Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, CNRN, SCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, FNCS, an Associate Professor at Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. and Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.  This 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.

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Bay Area Nurse Honored for Exemplary Work Mentoring and Coaching Nursing Students

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award to Elizabeth Scruth, PhD, MPH, RN, CCNS CCRN, FCCM, a Clinical Practical Consultant-Quality Clinical Effectiveness with Kaiser Permanente Regional Division and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. The Award was designed to nationally recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies. The Award was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

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Northeast Ohio Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists is National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Affiliate of the Year

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Affiliate of the Year Award to the Northeast Ohio Clinical Nurse Specialists (NEOCNS). The Award recognizes an NACNS affiliate that has sustained membership growth, offered innovative and creative educational opportunities, built clinical nurse specialist (CNS) leadership, contributed to NACNS’ growth and advanced the CNS role.

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University of Colorado Nurse Honored with National Award

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award to Amanda Nenaber, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, Program Director, Transitions of Care, from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo.

The CNS of the Year Award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement in all aspects of CNS practice. It is presented each year to a nurse who demonstrates CNS competencies and exemplary practice in patient care, nursing and health care delivery systems.

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National Nurses’ Convention Highlights Nurses as Agents of Change

Conference Will Address Wide Range of Topics, Policy and Practice Issues Affecting Clinical Nurse Specialists

Hundreds of clinical nurse specialists from across the U.S. will meet to discuss and learn about the latest research, innovations and practices affecting their work at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference. Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conquering Change in the Health Care Environment will be held:

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