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Indianapolis Nurse Honored for Work as Clinical Nurse Specialist and Educator

Austin, Texas – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious President’s Award and its Educator of the Year Award to Jan Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Indiana University School of Nursing.

The President’s Award recognizes an individual or entity for extraordinary service to NACNS. It was established in 2013 to honor individuals or groups that make significant contributions toward the accomplishment of the NACNS mission. The Educator of the Year Award nationally recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) educator and acknowledges his/her commitment to excellence and innovation in preparing CNSs and in implementing the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education.

“It is my great honor to present both the President’s Award and the Educator of the Year Award to Jan Fulton,” said NACNS 2017 Board President Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “Jan’s impressive body of work has helped shift CNS education to outcomes orientation, interdisciplinary evidence-based practice, and system level leadership. Her commitment to advancing the work of the clinical nurse specialist is truly commendable. Personally, her teaching has impacted me directly and without her support, guidance and encouragement I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. I am very pleased to be awarding her today.”

Dr. Fulton is the co-editor of the Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (2009 and 2014), the only textbook devoted to CNS practice. The second edition received a prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, 1st place, advanced practice category. She also co-edited the Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit, 2nd Edition and received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, 2nd place, advanced practice category.

Dr. Fulton is a past-president of NACNS and serves as editor-in-chief of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, NACNS’ official journal. In addition to her scholarly writings, Dr. Fulton designed an online preceptor course, “Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor,” presented by Indiana University School of Nursing and NACNS.

Dr. Fulton earned a PhD in Nursing from The Ohio State University, an MSN from the University of Cincinnati, and a BSN from the University of Mount St. Joseph.  Dr. Fulton is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nurse Educators and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, American Nurses Association, Multinational Association for Symptoms in Cancer Care, International Society for Oral Oncology, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network of International Council for Nurses. She currently serves as a consultant for nursing research and evidence-based practice at Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis.

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Founded in 1995, The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses who work in a variety of specialties to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve care and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, removing certification and regulatory barriers, and assuring the public access to quality CNS services.

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