CNS Institute

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute

In 2016 the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute was founded as an arm of NACNS to develop and promote the charitable, educational, innovative clinical practice, and scientific purposes of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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Trustees of the CNS Institute are:

Chair: Melissa Craft, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Vice Chair: Susan B. Fowler, RN, PhD, CNRN, FAHA
Independent Consultant, B.E. Smith, Lenexa , Kan.

Secretary: Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC (outgoing)
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, Duluth, Ga.

Secretary: Tracy Chamblee, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CPPS (incoming)
Senior Director, Quality Patient Safety, Children’s Health System, Dallas, Texas

Treasurer: Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAAN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

Trustee: Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

As many of you know, late last year the American Medical Association (AMA) fanned the flames of a settled argument with their call for the creation of a national strategy to oppose legislative efforts that grant full practice authority to non-physician practitioners. The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute is creating a special initiative to help NACNS affiliates and clinical nurse specialists take action and speak out in defense of the CNS role and full practice authority.

The contributions the CNS Institute collects from now till January 31, 2018, will serve as the financial base for this work. Donate and support the work of the CNS Institute and this innovative campaign! After January 31, interested affiliates will be asked to submit proposals and detail how additional funding will help them mobilize activities in support of full practice authority for clinical nurse specialist. CNS Institute Trustees will select proposals and promptly release the funding to allow affiliates to initiate outreach efforts early in the 2018 legislative session.

With your financial support, the CNS Institute can do even more to focus our efforts on removing barriers to full practice authority for the almost 70,000 CNSs working in the United States today.

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The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute
100 North 20th Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19103