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Eight Distinguished Clinical Nurse Specialists Elected to 2024 NACNS Leadership

NACNS Continues to Advocate for 89,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists in the U.S.

RESTON, VA – Oct. 25, 2023 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today announced it welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors and introduces its President-Elect and Nominating Committee Members.

The NACNS serves as the representative body for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) across the U.S. These highly skilled professionals are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with specialized graduate-level training in nursing. They possess the authority to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and improve outcomes by providing direct patient care, leading evidence-based practice, optimizing organizational systems, and advancing nursing practice.

Mitzi Saunders, Ph.D., APRN, ACNS-BC and President of NACNS, emphasized that NACNS Board Members play a vital leadership function within the organization, serving as the foremost champions for the 89,000 CNSs in the U.S.

“Our recently elected leadership’s dedication to leading the next generation of CNSs transcends the boundaries of NACNS and extends to their patients and the institution they serve, as CNSs possess a unique skill set enabling them to excel both at the bedside and in clinical or educational capacities. I’d like to thank them for their unwavering commitment to the CNS role,” she said.

The 2023 President-Elect, Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE​, shared her excitement for the year to come.

“I am very excited and honored to step into the role of President for NACNS in 2024. This is a pivotal time for Clinical Nurse Specialists, and I am committed to advocating for the invaluable contributions they make to healthcare. Together with the dedicated members of NACNS, I look forward to advancing our profession, ensuring the highest quality of care for patients, and strengthening the impact of Clinical Nurse Specialists nationwide,” she said.

Newly elected leadership includes: 

2024 President-Elect

  • Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FCNS

Board of Directors

  • David F. Bradley, Jr., Lt Col, USAF, AGCNS-BC, CNOR, FCNS
  • Kayla Little, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
  • Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, CCNS, PCCN-K, ACHPN

Nominating Committee Members

  • Linda Cole, DNP, RN, APRN, CCNS, CPHQ, CNE, FCNS
  • Jesse Michael Hartmann, DNP, APN, AGCNS-BC, CNAMB, CNOR, CSSM, RNFA, MAJ, Army, Nurse Corps
  • Brittany D. Rhoades, Ph.D., APRN, CCNS, CCTN
  • Allegra Del Rio, MS, BSN, AGCNS, MEDSURG-BC

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The NACNS is the only national association in the U.S. representing the CNS. It is committed to showing the value of the CNS as an APRN, embracing full practice authority for all CNSs, providing support to individual CNSs, CNS programs, and entities employing CNSs, and achieving and maintaining organizational excellence. NACNS strives to meet its vision that every CNS is an APRN with a full scope of practice and is a transformative innovator leading improvement across healthcare environments. For more information, or to join NACNS, click here.

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NACNS Public Relations
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