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Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

Thirty-eight highly skilled clinical nurse specialists from 24 states have been selected as the inaugural class of fellows for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI), the Institute announced today. Upon induction, these individuals will begin using the new credential, “FCNS.”

“We are very proud of the 38 outstanding clinical nurse specialists who are part of the inaugural class of fellows,” said Melissa Craft, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN, who chairs the CNSI. “Each has made outstanding contributions to the nursing professions, the clinical nurse specialist role, and nursing and health care leadership and scholarship. The CNSI trustees have judged the quality and character of their work as exceptional. Each one is remarkably accomplished.”

Each fellow will be inducted at either the 2019 or 2020 NACNS Annual Conference Fellowship Induction Dinner and may use the credential once she or he has been inducted. The induction this year will take place on March 8, 2019, at the NACNS Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

The fellow candidates are:

  • Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, CNRN, SCRN, CCNS, ACNSBC, FNCS, Fairfield University, Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, Connecticut
  • Donna Bond, DNP, RN, CCNS, AE-C, CTTS, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Jeanie Burnie, MS, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, FAEN, TriHealth, Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Ann Busch, MS, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC, CNS-PP, FAAN, VA Portland Healthcare System, Portland, Oregon
  • Garrett Chan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, ACNPC, CEN, FAEN, FPCN, FNAP, FAAN Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, California
  • Marilyn Chrisman, MS, APRN, GCNS-BC, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
  • Jean Christopher, MSN, APRN-CNS, WCC, Akron Children’s Hospital, Ohio
  • Angela Clark, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAHA, FAAN, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
  • Heather Cuevas, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
  • Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, Oklahoma City
  • Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Geisinger Holy Spirit, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Regi Freeman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis
  • Deborah Garbee, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, LSU Health School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Patricia Geddie, PhD, CNS, AOCNSA, Orlando Health, Florida
  • Kelly A. Goudreau, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Missouri
  • Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, Gwinnett Medical Center, Duluth, Georgia
  • Mary Lough, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, FCCM, FAHA, Stanford Health Care, California
  • Mary Beth Makic, PhD, CNS, CCNS, CCRN-K, FNAP, FAAN, University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Aurora
  • Tina Mason, MSN, ARNP, AOCNA, AOCNSA, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
  • Margaret McNeill, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN-K, CCNS, TCRN, CPAN, NE-BC, NHDP-BC, FAAN, Frederick Regional Health System, Frederick Memorial Hospital, Maryland
  • Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, Rush University, College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois
  • Margaret Murray, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CSC, FAHA, University of Wisconsin Health, University Hospital, Madison
  • Scot Nolan, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN, CNRN, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, California
  • Daleen Penoyer, PhD, RN, CCRP, FCCM, Orlando Health, Florida
  • JoAnne Phillips, DNP, RN, CNS, CPPS, Virtua, Marlton, New Jersey
  • Ginger Pierson, PhD(c), RN, CCRN, CCNS, West Coast University, Anaheim, California
  • Jo Ellen Rust, MSN, RN, CNS, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis
  • Julie Sabo, PhD, RN, APRN, Minnesota Board of Nursing, Minneapolis
  • Heather Schoonover, MN, ARNP-CNS, PHCNS-BC, Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Elizabeth Scruth, PhD, MPH, RN, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM, Kaiser Permanente Northern CA, Oakland, California
  • Maureen Seckel, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM, Christiana Care Health System, Christiana Hospital, Newark, Delaware
  • Commander Heather Shattuck, MS, APRN, CCNS, ACNPBC, US Naval Hospital Sigonella, Sigonella, Italy
  • Lisa Soltis, MSN, APRN, PCCN, CCRN-CSC-CMC, CCNS, FCCM, UNC REX Healthcare, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Melanie Horbal Schuster, PhD, CNS, CRNP, ACNS-BC, Adult NP-C, CCRN, CNSN Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, RN, APRN, CNS, FAAN, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing Minneapolis
  • Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, Advancing Nursing, LLC, Northville, Michigan
  • Kathleen Zavotsky, PhD, RN, CCRN, CEN, ACNS-BC, FAEN, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System, New Brunswick, New Jersey

In 2016, the CNSI was founded as an arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). Its goal is to develop and promote the charitable, educational, innovative clinical practice and scientific purposes of NACNS. Today, the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute is the 501(c)3 arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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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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