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 2017 award winners are:

2017 CNS of the Year

Amanda Nenaber, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, Program Director, Transitions of Care, from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo.
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2017 Preceptor of the Year

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
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2017 NACNS Affiliate of the Year

Northeast Ohio Clinical Nurse Specialists (NEOCNS)
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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.

2017 Susan B. Davidson Service Award Winner

JoAnne Phillips, DNP, RN, CPPS, a manager for quality and patient safety at Penn Home Care and Hospice Services in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
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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.

2017 Brenda Lyon Leadership Award Winner

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 at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.
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