Statement of Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, 2018-2019 NACNS Board President
“The National Nurses Week theme this year, that nurses inspire, innovate and influence, is the description of what Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) do every day. The nation’s 72,000 CNSs are proud to be part of a profession that is on the frontlines of our country’s health care delivery system, has won the public’s trust and is improving care for patients across the country every day.
“The American Nurses Association has designated 2018 the ‘year of advocacy,’ and CNSs are change leaders who are improving patient safety, quality of care and health and wellness in every corner of the country. We are advanced practice nurses who are expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice and are helping our health care system address complex emerging issues, including opioid misuse and abuse and the spread of infectious diseases. We are key influencers at the hospitals and health systems the country is counting on to deliver affordable, high quality care in years to come.
“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is proud to support National Nurses Week, the annual recognition of the essential role nurses play in helping people live the healthiest possible lives. We know that nurses inspire, innovate and influence and we are working tirelessly to ensure that nurses are represented at all tables where decisions about the future of health care are made.”
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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. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.