Philadelphia, PA – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award to Brandee Ann Wornhoff, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Ind. The Award was designed to nationally recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a 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.
Wornhoff’s colleagues and students nominated her for the award. One nominator wrote, “while her passion lies within critical care, her willingness to support CNS students from all areas is equally important. ‘It’s about the work,’ is one of her inspiring lines that she shares to future CNS’s around the state. Her ability to listen to students question and freely express their ideas is one of her greatest strengths as a coach and mentor.”
A student wrote that Wornhoff’s “ability to teach, influence, and to create a positive learning environment runs deep. Through her instruction, she demonstrates knowledge, strong patient and family advocacy, and exceptional critical thinking skills.”
Wornhoff has been a preceptor through Indiana University School of Nursing since 2008 and is also an adjunct faculty member at the school.
“Preceptors are crucial in helping CNS students develop into the leaders they will be in health care,” said NACNS 2016 President Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS. “Brandee not only supports her students in clinical settings but helps them with leadership and professional development, encouraging them to join professional organizations and to speak at special events. We are pleased to honor her with the CNS Preceptor of the Year Award.”
Wornhoff earned her MSN from Indiana University School of Nursing.