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Five Clinical Nurse Specialists Named To NACNS Board Of Directors

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists To Advocate For 89,000 CNSs In U.S.

RESTON, VA – January 19, 2023 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced the election of five members to the NACNS Board of Directors  and introduced its President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer today.  

NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNS) across the country.  Clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who have graduate preparation in nursing.  They can diagnose, treat, prescribe and bill like other APRNs as allowed by their state regulations and typically hold leadership positions at the hospital or system level.

“NACNS Board Members play a critical leadership role within the organization.  They act as the primary advocates for the 89,000 CNSs in the United States,” said Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, FAAN and president, NACNS. “Their advocacy extends beyond NACNS to their patients and the organizations they serve.  CNSs are uniquely qualified to work at the bedside as well as in clinical or educational roles.”

About NACNS Board of Directors
Newly named officers and board members include:

Jennifer L. Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE​
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Linda Thurby-Hay, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES
Bon Secours Mercy Health Richmond

Board Members
Jackeline Iseler, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE​
Michigan State University

Johns Hopkins University

Amy Shay, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FCNS​
Indiana University-School of Nursing

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in a variety of health care specialties to ensure delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers, while assuring public access to quality CNS services. For more information or to join NACNS click here

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