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Colorado Nurse Elected to Board of Leading National Nursing Association

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. 

This is the first time NACNS has combined the Secretary and Treasurer roles. Reed will serve in the position for two years.

“I’m excited to serve as the association’s first secretary and treasurer during this transitional time in health care,” said Reed. “As our health care systems continue to evolve, the clinical nurse specialist is well positioned and uniquely qualified to transform the delivery of care for patients, populations, and settings.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Sean to the board and look forward to hearing a fresh perspective as the association pursues the necessary legislative, regulatory and educational paths to strengthen the CNS role,” said NACNS Executive Director Melinda Mercer Ray, MSN.

Reed is a board certified adult health and palliative care clinical nurse specialist. He teaches in the Palliative Care Certificate Program at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing and Masters of Science in Palliative Care for the School of Medicine. Reed is also an incoming palliative care and aging research fellow (T32) at the University of Colorado.

In addition to NACNS, Reed is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group.

Reed received the Pathfinder Award in 2016 from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing Alumni and was a finalist in 2009 and 2010 for the Denver Business Journal’s Champion in Healthcare Award. Reed has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, since 2005

In 2011, Reed earned his PhD from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing in Aurora and his MS as an Adult Health CNS in 2005.  He received his BS from University of Colorado, School of Nursing in Denver, in 2004.


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