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Philadelphia Area Nurse Honored with National Nursing Service Award

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Sue B. Davidson Service Award to JoAnne Phillips, DNP, RN, CPPS, a manager for quality and patient safety at Penn Home Care and Hospice Services in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. This Award recognizes extraordinary service to NACNS. It is named for Susan B. Davidson, a founding member of NACNS who served two terms as President of the association and chaired the NACNS Research Committee. The Award was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

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Connecticut Nurse Honored with National Nursing Leadership Award

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award to 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 (CNS) at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.  This Award recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS, and was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

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Bay Area Nurse Honored for Exemplary Work Mentoring and Coaching Nursing Students

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award to 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. The Award was designed to nationally recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies. The Award was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

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Northeast Ohio Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists is National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Affiliate of the Year

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Affiliate of the Year Award to the Northeast Ohio Clinical Nurse Specialists (NEOCNS). The Award recognizes an NACNS affiliate that has sustained membership growth, offered innovative and creative educational opportunities, built clinical nurse specialist (CNS) leadership, contributed to NACNS’ growth and advanced the CNS role.

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University of Colorado Nurse Honored with National Award

Atlanta, Ga. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award to Amanda Nenaber, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, Program Director, Transitions of Care, from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo.

The 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.

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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:

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Well-Positioned to Do More to Address Malnutrition in Hospitalized Adult Patients

New Report Offers Model to Better Prepare Clinical Nurse Specialists to Help These Vulnerable Patients

Malnutrition among hospitalized patients is a pervasive problem in our country. It affects 20 to 50 percent of hospitalized adult patients and the costs of treating malnutrition are estimated to be more than $11 billion per year. A lack of proper nutrition can cause muscle wasting, loss of functional ability and increased rates of hospital-acquired conditions like falls, pressure injuries and infections—all which can lead to increased morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission.

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New Online Training Program Will Support, Increase Number of Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptors

Program was developed by Indiana University School of Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The nursing shortage has been exacerbated by the lack of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) who act as preceptors for nursing students pursuing advanced nursing degrees. To help prepare more CNS preceptors and address the nursing shortage, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the Indiana University School of Nursing created “Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor,” an online training program for CNS preceptors who work with students doing clinical rotations. The self-study course provides nursing programs and CNS preceptors with tips and tools for working with students, and allows them to complete the course on their own schedule.

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