The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta last month. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) nationwide who provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve health care quality and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. The newly elected board members demonstrate leadership in nursing education, practice, research and administration.
Bettering health care delivery. Streamlining health care costs. Improving safety using patient-centered outcomes. Targeting and improving care for specific populations. The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced today that it will focus its research agenda on these topics, and more, for the next five years.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Sean M. Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and College of Nursing, Aurora, Colo. has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Reed has been a member of NACNS since 2014.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth, Ga. has been elected President-Elect of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Vincent Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Indiana University Health, Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. has been elected President of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Holly is also Adjunct Faculty for the Indiana University School of Nursing’s adult health CNS program.
The proliferation of clinical alarms poses one of healthcare technology’s most pressing patient safety challenges—“alarm fatigue.” While device alarms can improve medical care by arming clinicians with valuable information about their patient’s health, most are false or nonactionable, often resulting in a sensory clutter that overwhelms clinicians and caregivers, desensitizing them to the alerts. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s spring 2017 issue of its award-winning, peer-reviewed publication, Horizons, focuses on clinical alarm management.
Nurses are the front-line of defense against the spread of infections in U.S. health care facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging diseases often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties, such as environmental cleaning and waste management.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) so that clinical nurse specialists can better address emerging threats and follow infection control procedures to not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients and nurses working at the bedside.
Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint:
“Last week President Trump proposed shortsighted, potentially devastating cuts to nursing workforce programs in his FY18 budget blueprint. As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is troubled that these contractions would drastically reduce the health care workforce’s capacity to serve their patients and communities. The funding cutbacks will exacerbate a shortage of highly educated nurses, just as our country is aging and the need for care is growing.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) honored clinical nurse specialists from Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Ohio for their extraordinary work advancing and showcasing the critical role clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) play in health care. The awards were presented during NACNS’s 2017 annual conference, Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conquering Change in the Health Care Environment, in Atlanta, Ga.
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.