PHILADELPHIA, PA – After serving one year as president‐elect, Rachel Moody, MS, CNS, RN was recently inducted as president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) at the NACNS Annual Conference held at the Fairmont Chicago – Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
Moody took the office of president-elect in March 2011. Rachel Moody is currently the Service Line Administrative Director of Orthopedics & Neurology/Surgical/ Rehabilitation at the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Prior to this position, Ms. Moody served as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at the same regional medical center. In this position she was responsible for Critical Care Intensive, Critical Care Progressive, and Surgical Intensive Care units.
“This is a critical time for the Clinical Nurse Specialist. My colleagues are experts at system change and have a significant contribution to reducing health care costs and improving health care outcomes” said Rachel Moody. “The CNS is an important advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role. As president of NACNS, I will work to communicate the contribution the CNS makes to the healthcare system and will work to highlight the value of the CNS.”
Ms. Moody earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Purdue University Calumet, Hammond Indiana with a concentration in clinical nurse specialist, critical care: cardiopulmonary specialty. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992 from, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.
Ms. Moody is active is her community and has worked for 12 years with the St. Teresa Health Ministry at St. Patrick Church in Chesterton, IN. She is serving as an active participant in the Indiana Center for Nursing.
In addition to her volunteer work with NACNS, Rachel Moody is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
She has worked with the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Nursing 2000, North, and Northern Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives. She has held local and national leadership roles in these organizations for the last ten years.
“Rachel brings a wealth of management and clinical experience to her role as NACNS President.” stated Stephen Patten, MSN, RN, CNS, CNOR, NACNS’ immediate past- president. “Rachel will provide strong leadership and I anticipate she will successfully guide the association to achieve our strategic goals.”