Year: 2019



Sean M. Reed Elected President, Carrie Doyle Secretary/Treasurer and Judy Dusek, Kimberly Elgin and Phyllis Whitehead Directors of Leading National Nursing Association

At its 2019 annual conference, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced that Sean M. Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, won the position of President-Elect of the esteemed organization. Reed, who will assume the presidency in March of 2020, is Palliative Care & Aging Research Fellow at the School of Medicine and Assistant Professor, Adjunct at the College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) across the country who provide direct patient care and lead groundbreaking initiatives to improve the quality of health care and clinical outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

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Indiana Nurse and Dean Honored with National Nursing Leadership Award

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award to Lisa Hopp, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of nursing at Purdue University Northwest. This Award recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS.

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Orlando Health’s Susan Fowler Receives National Honor, Named Researcher of the Year by Leading Nursing Association

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Researcher of the Year Award to Susan Fowler, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAHA.

Fowler has been involved in research since the mid-1990s. Since joining Orlando Health in 2017, she has completed 13 studies with colleagues, with findings disseminated at eight conferences and in five peer-reviewed journals. Her program of research includes topics such as bladder management, hope, medications, patient perceptions, vital signs, and stroke. While working at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, she served in a variety of research roles including research assistant, director of clinical trials, clinical nurse researcher, director of nursing research, and nurse scientist, always focused on the clinical aspects of research, especially its conduct in the clinical setting. Fowler received her PhD from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Loma Linda University Health Hospitals’ Radovich Receives National Honor, Named Preceptor of the Year by Leading Nursing Association

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Preceptor of the Year Award to Patricia Radovich, PhD, CNS, FCCM, the director of nursing research for Loma Linda University Health Hospitals. This award 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 in the three spheres of CNS influence.

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Maureen Seckel Receives National Award for Quality Improvement Works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its first-ever CNS Evidence-Based Practice/Quality Improvement of the Year Award to Maureen Seckel, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM. This prestigious award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who has implemented evidence-based practice and provided quality improvement changes that have significantly impacted nursing practice, patient and family outcomes, and/or health care systems, including reducing cost.

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Texas Christian University’s Kathy Baker Honored with National Nursing Service Award

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Sue B. Davidson Service Award to Kathy Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor and director of Nursing Research & Scholarship at Texas Christian University. This award recognizes extraordinary service to NACNS. It is named for Susan B. Davidson, a founding member of NACNS who served two terms as the association’s president and chaired the NACNS Research Committee.

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University of Oklahoma’s Susan Dresser Honored for Work as Clinical Nurse Specialist and Educator

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, director of the Adult-Gerontology CNS Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing in Oklahoma City. The award 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 implementing the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education.

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Reading Hospital/Tower Health System’s Brittingham Receives National Honor, Named Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award to Lori Brittingham, MSN, RN, CNS, ACCNS-N, the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Reading Hospital/Tower Health System in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Brittingham holds a faculty position in the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist program at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Science. The award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a CNS in the three spheres of CNS influence. It recognizes a nurse who demonstrates CNS competencies and exemplary practice in patient care, nursing and health care delivery systems.

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