Awards

Each year the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists recognizes individual members and affiliates who, through their extraordinary work, raise the profile of the clinical nurse specialist role, research, education and service.

The 2016 award winners are:

2016 CNS of the Year

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Mary E. Lough, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care at Stanford Health Care in Stanford, CalifThe 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.

2016 Researcher of the Year

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Maureen Greene, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ACNPBC, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Clinical Nurse Specialist-Intensivist and Nurse Research Coordinator at Wheaton Franciscan-St Joseph Hospital in MilwaukeeThe Researcher of the Year Award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a CNS who conducted original nursing research that has significantly enhanced the science of autonomous nursing practice, patient and family outcomes, and/or health care systems. It acknowledges a nurse for an accomplished program of research that has significantly contributed to advancing the nursing profession.

2016 Preceptor of the Year

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Brandee Ann Wornhoff, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Ind.The Preceptor of the Year Award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a CNS Preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies.

2016 NACNS Affiliate of the Year

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Central Indiana Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CIOCNS)The Affiliate of the Year Award recognizes an NACNS affiliate that has sustained membership growth, offered educational opportunities, built CNS leadership, contributed to NACNS’ growth, and advanced the CNS role.

Susan B. Davidson Service Award Winner

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Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care at Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pa. and Adjunct Faculty in the Nursing programs at the University of Detroit Mercy, Widener University, and York College.The Susan B. Davidson Service Award recognizes extraordinary service to NACNS. It is named for Sue B. Davidson, a founding member of NACNS who served two terms as President of the association and chaired the NACNS Research Committee.

Brenda Lyon Leadership Award Winner

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Rachel Moody, MS, CNS, RN, the Administrative Director for Critical Care and Infection Control at Franciscan Alliance in Hammond, Ind.The Brenda Lyon Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS.

Board President’s Award Winner

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Kathleen Baldwin, PhD, RN, ACNS, ANP, GNP, CEN, a Nurse Researcher at Texas Health in Fort Worth, and a former faculty member at Texas Christian University, for work with and commitment to NACNS, including time she spent directing the CNS Foundation, which closed in 2014.The President’s Award recognizes an individual or entity for extraordinary service to NACNS. It was established in 2013 to honor individuals or groups that make significant contributions toward the accomplishment of the NACNS mission.

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