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Memorial Sloan Kettering Nurse Honored for Exemplary Work Mentoring and Coaching Nursing Students

Austin, Texas – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award to Wayne Quashie, MSN, MPH, RN, CNS, ACNS-BC, AOCNS, a clinical nurse specialist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. The Preceptor of the Year recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies. Quashie received the award earlier today at NACNS’ 2018 Annual Conference, Putting the Pieces Together: CNSs Bridging the Gaps in Health Care, in Austin, Texas.

Quashie is credited with precepting more a dozen CNS students and nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where he has worked for 19 years in Neuro-Oncology. He mentors staff on hospital- wide projects, the creation of policies and procedures, evidence-based practice changes and professional efforts. In his collaboration with colleagues, he helped with the development and implementation of the Suicide Screening initiative, electronic Patient Controlled Analgesic workflow and most recently the CNS orientation pathway and competencies.

“Wayne Quashie is an exemplary preceptor and his work is positively shaping future generations of clinical nurse specialists and the future of CNS practice,” said 2017 Board President Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “His commitment to the CNS role and the nursing profession is an example to us all. We are so pleased to honor him with this year’s CNS Preceptor of the Year Award.”

Quashie’s colleagues and students nominated him for the award. One wrote, “Wayne continues to transform the role of the preceptor by creating innovative ways to facilitate learning… Wayne provides his students with a learning platform that instills core values of hard work and dedication to the practice. He coaches, mentors and provides the CNS student with an environment that facilitates lifelong learning… and numerous experiences prompting students to think critically.”

Quashie is certified as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. He earned his MSN from Indiana State University in 2008, his MPH from Columbia University in 2003 and his BSN from Hunter College in 1996. Quashie expects to earn his Doctorate in Nursing Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2020. He is also a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. He’s also a former member of ONCC AOCNS Test Development Committee and a chapter reviewer for the AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing published by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

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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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