The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today announced that Jo Ellen Rust, MSN, RN, CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Children with Complex Health Care Needs in the Riley Circle of Care Program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, has been elected to serve on the 2016-2017 NACNS Board of Directors. Rust was one of the first members of NACNS. She has been active in the organization since its inception, and was a charter board member and served as the board secretary.
“NACNS has been a professional commitment of mine since I first joined it as a charter member more than 20 years ago,” said Rust. “It’s an honor to continue to serve our membership on the board and to have responsibility for the stewardship of this vital and growing association.”
Rust has served as a member of NACNS’s Legislative Regulatory Committee, on which she was also the Chair. She has also served as NACNS President. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Indiana State Nurses Association and the Central Indiana Chapter of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
“We are so glad that Jo Ellen will continue to lend her expertise and skills to the NACNS Board of Directors,” said NACNS Executive Director Melinda Mercer Ray, MSN, RN. “We look forward to her ongoing leadership and guidance as we continue to build and strengthen this association, advance the vital role of the clinical nurse specialist and improve health care.”
Rust earned her MSN at Indiana University and her BSN from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.