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Leading Advanced Practice Nursing Organization Announce New Board Members

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists today announced its newly elected members of its 2011 Board of Directors. The following individuals have demonstrated leadership in nursing education, practice, research and administration and have been elected by their peers to serve in this important role.

Ginger S. Pierson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, New Graduate RN Program for Critical Care, Medical/Surgical and Maternal Child Health; and Hoag Float Pool at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, California. Ms. Pierson will serve as a NACNS Board Member.

Pierson received her Bachelor of Science from the School of Nursing, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas. She graduated with a Master of Science from the School of Nursing California State University, Long Beach, California. Her area of specialization is adult critical care, with a cardiovascular focus.

Peggy Barksdale, MSN, RN, OCNS-C, CNS-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in orthopaedics at the Community Health Network, Indianapolis, Indiana. Peggy is orthopaedic CNS for the Network. She works with staff on three Centers for Joint Health to promote evidence-based practice, educate and be the expert consultant in care of the patient with musculoskeletal conditions. Ms. Barksdale will serve as a NACNS Board Member.

Ms. Barksdale received her Diploma in Practical Nursing at the J. Everett Light Career Center and her Associates of Science in Nursing at Indiana University, School of Nursing. She continued her nursing studies and received a Masters of Science in Nursing Adult Health; Indiana University, School of Nursing. Ms. Barksdale also studied and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History; her clinical specialty is in orthopaedics.

“I am truly privileged to serve with the 2011 Board of Directors. Both Ms. Pierson and Ms. Barksdale represent the high-caliber volunteer that NACNS relies on to do the work of the association,” said NACNS 2011 President, Stephen Patten, MSN, RN, CNS, CNOR. “Our nation is experiencing a time of significant healthcare change; this can bring about many threats and opportunities for the clinical nurse specialist. The 2011 NACNS Board will have many challenges; but the expertise of all of our Board members will certainly provide excellent leadership to set the future path for the CNS.”

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