Year: 2020

Brenda Lyon Research Grant Awardees!

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute would like to congratulate two NACNS members in receipt of research grant funding from monies provided through a charitable donation by Brenda Lyon:

  • Mary Pat Johnston, MS, RN, AOCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology, at the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth for her research study titled ‘Cancer Survivor Empowerment through Patient-Reported Outcomes’ and
  • Morgan Yordy, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN-BC at Auburn University School of Nursing for her research study titled ‘Improving Health Outcomes by Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy in the K-12 School Setting.’

Read more about the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute here.

ANA Announces 2020: Year of the Nurse

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the American Nurses Association has announced that 2020 will be honored as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The ANA plans to celebrate 2020 by “engaging with nurses, thought leaders and consumers in a variety of ways that promote nursing excellence, infuse leadership and foster innovation.” This initiative includes expanding National Nurses Week from May 6-12 to the entire month of May.

NACNS supports this initiative to elevate nurses and applauds the ANA for this celebration.

Read more here:

ANA Website: Year of the Nurse 2020

Nursing World News


NACNS Announcement About Ann Hamric

NACNS is sad to announce the unexpected passing of one of its CNS pioneers, Ann Hamric. She was a mentor, a friend, a colleague, and a teacher. Ann’s impact on the Clinical Nurse Specialist, her contributions to NACNS and to advanced nurse practitioners everywhere cannot be understated.

Ann Hamric was the senior editor of two books on advanced practice nursing used worldwide in nursing education: The Clinical Nurse Specialist in Theory and Practice (which as in its second edition), and Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach (which was in its fifth edition). Most NACNS members have read or referenced one of Ann’s book during the course of their careers.

Click here to read a more in-depth tribute to Ann and her achievements. If you are in the Virginia area and want to attend, here are the details of her memorial service:

Friday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227.

2021 Federal Budget Cuts Key Programs that will not meet the Nation’s Growing Demand for Nursing Workforce and Research

NACNS is a member of the Nursing Community Coalition(NCC).  Below is a quick summary of the issue.

Yesterday, President Trump released his FY 2021 budget, A Budget for America’s Future. This $4.8 trillion budgetary blueprint includes many cuts to key programs of interest to the NCC, including:

  • Elimination of all Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, except the Nurse Corps;
  • A reduction of $5.5 million to Nurse Corps funding for a total of $83.135 million;
  • Nearly $3 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health;
  • Reduction in National Institute of Nursing Research for a total of $156.804 million.

In response to these deep cuts, the Nursing Community Coalition released a statement that can be found here. For additional background on this budget framework, visit:

NACNS Member Input Needed for CMS!

Calling All NACNS Members!

Please take advantage of this opportunity to voice your concerns regarding challenges for CNS practice and advocating for full practice authority.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking additional input and recommendations regarding elimination of specific Medicare regulations that require more stringent supervision than existing state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license.

Click here to read more on the CMS Initiative.

Click here to read more on the President’s Executive Order (EO) #13890


Please send your recommendations to with the phrase “Scope of Practice” in the subject line by January 17, 2020.