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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:

March 9 – 11

Lowes Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and have education and training in advanced nursing care, physiology, pharmacology and physical assessment. CNSs’ work varies; they can provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of patients, advance nursing practice, and improve clinical processes to achieve greater safety and quality.

At the conference, leading CNSs from across the country will share the latest information on hot topics and cutting-edge issues in health care at sessions and workshops, including:

  • innovations in nursing education and mentoring students;
  • strategies for increasing patient mobility;
  • chronic conditions and the role of the CNS;
  • improving health outcomes for high risk populations;
  • reducing hospital acquired infections, such as pressure injuries;
  • reducing hospital readmissions;
  • improving care transitions;
  • and more.

Kathleen M. Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, Advancing Nursing LLC, will deliver the opening keynote address, “Know It, Drive It, Own It: Healthcare’s Change Agent Now and In the Future – The CNS,” on Thursday, March 9 at 9:30 am.

Barbara McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-NP, FCCM, Grady Health System, will address the general session, “Changing Outcomes One Chest Pain at a Time,” on Friday, March 10 at 9:30 am.

Michael H. Ackerman, DNS, RN, APRN-BC, FCCM, FNAP, FAANP of Ackerman Consulting will be the closing session speaker, “Silence: A Never Event,” on March 11 at 11:00 am.

In addition to more than 50 sessions featuring more than 120 speakers, there will be 57 poster presentations on a range of health care issues from pain assessment to patient satisfaction to empowering bedside nurses to coping after hospital mergers and much more. Twenty-two students will also present posters.

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NOTE:  The NACNS conference is open to the media. Experts in a range of health care specialties are available for interviews. To receive a complete schedule or to set up an interview, please contact Luci Manning at 202/371-1999 (office) or 202/374-1974 (mobile).

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