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.

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

NACNS hopes members will support the CNS Institute with tribute gifts or cash donations. Donations to the CNS Institute are tax deductible and a great way to continue to impact the future of the CNS role.

Ask your employer about matching donations to ensure your gift has an even larger impact. Many employers will match donations when giving to nonprofits, like the CNS Institute. The CNS Institute’s tax ID number is 81-4345954.

UPDATE: More than $10,000 was donated to the CNS Institute during the 2017 NACNS annual conference in Atlanta in March! A special thank you to the nearly 50 individuals who graciously donated. Join them to help keep the CNS Institute vision visible and vibrant!  Tax receipt letters have been sent to all donors, email Laura Huestis at if you have not received one.

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