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Leading Nursing Association Selects Virtual, Inc. to Provide Association Management Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has selected Virtual, Inc. as the association’s new management service and support team. The transition is effective today. NACNS is a widely respected membership organization devoted to advancing the unique expertise and values the clinical nurse specialist brings to delivering high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care and to reducing the cost of health care delivery. With more than 2,000 members, NACNS represents the more than 70,000 clinical nurse specialists working in hospitals and health systems, clinics and ambulatory settings and colleges and universities today.

Virtual, Inc. delivers strategic consulting, best practices, innovation and world-class operations to more than 80 national and international business and trade associations, tech and standards organizations, professional societies, state governments and professional licensing associations. It has offices in greater Boston, Washington, D.C., Palo Alto and Nashville.

“We are excited to make this transition and to be working with a world class management firm like Virtual,” said NACNS Board President Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “We know that Virtual’s support will help us expand our membership, influence and reach.”

Melinda Mercer Ray, MSN, will continue in her role as Executive Director of NACNS.

Saima K. Hedrick, MPH, CAE will serve as the new NACNS Operations Director. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from George Mason University and has more than a decade of association experience, including holding positions with the Society for the Study of Reproduction and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Michelle Matz will serve as the new Membership Coordinator. She has held administrative positions in several societies, such as American Brachytherapy Society, Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals, and the Sports Lawyers Association.

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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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