Committees

Affiliate Advisory Committee

The Affiliate Advisory Committee shall provide information and guidance to affiliates, and shall ensure communication between the affiliate(s) and the Board of Directors.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Revise Affiliate report and review process by Affiliate Advisory Committee to provide structure offering a supportive collaborative mentorship relationship between affiliate and advisory committee
  2. Establish a process for affiliate committee to review and approve new affiliates and recommend final approval to BOD by 9/30/2021
  3. Establish process for affiliate level leadership development & succession planning. Include graduate student leadership opportunities.
  4. Complete the development of the Affiliate Toolkit by 9/30/2021
  5. Increase Affiliate Network by 4 new affiliates including a (virtual) military affiliate by 5/1/2022.
  6. Update and refresh affiliate report

Other charges and tasks may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Elissa Brown
Marci Mechtel
Jan Powers
Stephanie R. Moore
Gina Crudden
Megan Siebert
Heather Cuevas
Marcia Cornell

Graduate Education Committee

The Education Committee shall provide guidance to the NACNS Board of Directors on key issues impacting graduate programs, faculty, students and national accrediting and credentialing bodies. This committee shall ensure that current data related to the preparation of CNSs are obtained and disseminated and shall provide multiple forums for CNS educators to address issues pertinent to CNS education.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Strategically develop and disseminate NACNS position statements on contemporary and future graduate education to positively impact the CNS preparatory education each end of quarter (9/30, 12/31, 03/31, and 06/30).
  2. Continue collaborative effort on the CNS as a solution to America’s Healthcare System Crisis by 6/30/2021 (see exemplar: Buerhaus, P. 2018: Nurse Practitioners: A solution To America’s Primary Care Crisis).
  3. Simulation hours: Continue drafting statement and the charge should be modified to specifically address using simulated experiences as substitution for clinical practice hours in CNS education.  Part of this charge and deliverable could be creation of a place for enduring materials/resources accessible to members in in collaboration with website committee. E.g., NONPF has a Simulation Portal https://www.nonpf.org/page/SimPortal
  4. Plan Education track at Fall Forum
  5. Work with other appropriate committees to develop ad create place for resources (repository) on the website for preceptor and CNS student resources.
  6. Revisit the directory which was completed 3 years ago to ensure that current (we know there have been a couple of programs in reworking curriculum moving from MSN to DNP and a couple of new programs on the horizon.

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Jackie Iseler
Patricia Tuite
Traci Smith
Jennifer L. Embree
Patricia Friend
MIchelle Patch
Tina DeGroot
Wendy Hamilton
Jennifer Jones

AACN Essentials Taskforce Committee

Review the AACN essentials and determine how the domains align with the CNS competencies.  Determine additional specialty competencies related to CNS role.

2021-2022 Charges

Review AACN essentials and crosswalk domains to CNS competencies. Draft a document based on essentials to identify unique competencies related to CNS specialty practice (what is above/beyond the essentials).

Differentiate essential competencies for CNS vs other DNP role.

Mitzi Saunders
Marie Adorno
Patricia O’Malley
Laura Blazier
Margaret Murray
Angela Floyd
Noel Koller-Ditto
Jan Fulton
Nicholette Andrews
Denise Campbell
Misti Tuppeny
Carla Brim
Terry Doescher
Jennifer Rice
Oscar (Danny) Lee
Sarah Knowles
Patricia Friend
Andrea C. Morris
Tracy Riley
Stephanie Kendall Chamberlain
Sean Reed
Jennifer Manning
Jeri Tidwell
Mary Beth Makic

Legislative/Regulatory Committee

The Leg/Reg Committee shall provide guidance to the NACNS Board of Directors on key issues impacting graduate programs, faculty, students and national accrediting and credentialing bodies. This committee shall ensure that current data related to title protection, licensure, and status as an APRN are obtained and disseminated.

Previous charges in progress

Strategically develop and disseminate NACNS timely position statements (or other public document) on contemporary and future legislative/regulatory conditions to positively impact the CNS role in the acute, post-acute and/or ambulatory settings; at least one per year.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Establish a process to monitor legislation by state using NCSBN website (coordinate with affiliates). Including attending NCSBN SWOT and provide reports to BOD and affiliate chairs by 9/30/2021
  2. Establish a sustainable process for consistent Leg/Reg column in CNS Journal (national level). Include state level updates in communique with (#1)
  3. Develop a proposal for a policy coordinator position for NACNS. Include experience required duties, time needed. Review other organizations for similar positions.
  4. Establish process for continuous tracking of rapid legislative approvals (complete), need to include any follow-up and monitoring website routinely.
  5. Determine an action plan to add CNS to the SOC with bureau of labor. Draft letter to petition addition of CNS to list of occupations (depending on revision dates, may go to 2022).

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Sue Fowler
Rick Bassett
Mitzi Saunders
Elizabeth Pincus
Jeanna Ford
Kirsten Warner
Daniel Pollack
Leasha Roy
Susan Storey
Elizabeth Duxbury
Amy Kyes
Danny Lee
Stephanie Schuldt
Melanie Duffy
Susan Dresser

Membership Committee

The membership committee shall provide advice to the NACNS Board of Directors on activities that can grow NACNS membership.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Establish strategy to retain CNS student members as they transition into CNS careers and report to BOD by 10/31/21
  2. Develop a plan for international outreach opportunities to increase international memberships by 12/31/21.
  3. Review current membership levels and assess opportunities for modifications to promote growth and retention by 3/31/21
  4. Increase membership base by 15% (274) by 06/30/22

AWARDS SUB-COMMITTEE:

  1. Submit proposal and criteria for Rising Star Award or Early Career Award (<3 years) to BOD and include award for 2022 conference.
  2. Increase award applications by 20 %

DEI TASKFORCE:

  1. Develop DEI Statement for NACNS
  2. Develop the specific mission and goals of the taskforce by 03/31/2021.
  3. Develop a plan to disseminate DEI statement to all NACNS members. Integrate DEI concepts into each committee
  4. Identify future charges for the committee by 06/30/2022.

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Brady Bielewicz
Caitlin Healy
Jeri Tidwell
Elizabeth Arenas
Elizabeth Lynette Gunn
Stephanie K. Hisey
Kayla Little
Megan Hoffman
Melissa Barach
Sarah Chilson
Connie Teal
Kelli Antinori-Lent
Racheal Wood
Francesca Levitt
Raissa Occena
Nicholas O’Neel
Kathleen Rea
Stacey Brundrett

Awards Subcommittee
David F. Bradley Jr.
Diane Barkas
Mary Francisco
Cynthia Bautista
Linda Hoke
Kristen Hill

DEI Taskforce
Monica Coles
Kurt David
Phyllis Whitehead
Cassie Rocha
Kaylynn Patrice Hall
Jennifer Callear
Saran Sheriff
Jennifer Katlen
Isha Alibey
Jennifer Bierbaum
Petrina Harrison
Jeanna Ford
Beckie Kronebusch


Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall review the qualifications of all applicants and prepare a proposed slate for review and final approval by the Board of Directors.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Develop a plan to incorporate D/E/I into nominations
  2. Establish routine mechanism for leadership Inventory of board of directors to guide recruitment strategies for nominations.

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Jennie Matays
Sean Reed
Jeannie Meyer
Erica Newkirk
Kristy Perez
Jaclyn Andronico
Jose Chavez
Shannon Brunt
Dawn Becker

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee shall identify contemporary and evolving practice issues that affect CNSs and develop related activities such as, but not limited to, education, practice advisory, and position statements.

Previous charges in progress

Collaborate with Graduate Education, Professional Development, and Leg/Reg committees to develop a NACNS hardcopy statement [booklet] on the CNS as a solution to America’s Healthcare System Crisis by 6/30/2021 (see exemplar: Buerhaus, P. 2018: Nurse Practitioners: A solution To America’s Primary Care Crisis). (In Progress) Clinical Nurse Specialists: The Driving Force in Health Care in the 21st Century

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Establish a process to update US map for CNS practice (title protection, licensure, independent practice, and Rx authority) on an annual basis by 12/31/2021. Quarterly updates
  2. Dissemination of position statement on CNS-based Telehealth competencies (work with virtual, PDF format – budget $).
  3. Develop next steps for possible certification arm of NACNS or alternative plan to present to BOD by 9/30/2022 – Recommendation to BOD if this is feasible to pursue based on Budget and resources required
  4. Collaborate with Research/EBP to develop a Press release for CNOs to outline the value of the CNS role and cost/benefit. Focus on all settings.
    • Focus on CNS/Nursing administration collaboration – Survey of administrators in 2021 (CNS work with CNOs) Collaboration with Res & EBP.
  5. Provide information for all CNSs on how to effectively advocate for the CNS role with administrators and other key stakeholders.
  6. Develop tool kit or educational session to assist with re-entry into practice for the CNS. Work with Grad – Ed to develop tools for post-graduate direct care fellowships for new CNSs (or experienced) regarding prescriptive authority – Start with needs assessment
  7. Develop a basic CNS job description template which focuses on the CNS as an APRN.
  8. Develop an annual virtual pharmacology program (in person, virtual, webinar or combination).

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Cheryl “Cherrie” Lynn Pullium
Cheryl Houseman
Erica-Fisher Cartlidge
Coley Vitztum
Jean Christopher
Pam LaBorde
Mary Angela Malone
Jennie Peterson
Suzanne Purvis
Jessica Weber Viste
Amy Shay
Dawn Pajersk
Latasia Belin
Jennifer Callear
Jennifer Wilson
Holly Tenaglia
Kathy Baker
Jennifer Davies
Barbara Potts
Sharon Armour
Sophia Pan
Sally Witt
Eryn Michelle Draganski

Continuing Education Committee

Focus on planning and organizing continuing education offerings such as webinars, full day programming and on-demand courses.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Develop a proposal and plan for new LMS including with budget and ROI to present to BOD by 10/30/2021
  2. Collaborate with Springer to develop collaborative webinar on certification
  3. Develop student bundle – CVs, Job interviewing, CNS proposal, securing your first job.
  4. Develop complete bundles/toolkit for new CNSs for transitioning into practice
  5. Develop certification review course webinars on demand

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Erica Fischere
Stacey Seggelke
Phyllis Whitehead
Donna Marshall Moyer
Anastasia Johnson
Jennifer Jones
Mariah Foster
Michelle Wood
Pamayla Darbyshire
Suzanne Fortuna
Sarah Knowles
Julie Linder
Linda Ogbuagu
Traci Smith
Nicole Frederick
Denise Lyons
Jill Nocella

Research, EBP, and Scholarship Committee

The Research, EBP, and Scholarship Committee shall conduct and/or direct research activities supporting the organization and CNS practice. [statement to include EBP and PI/QI]

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Develop operational plan with process to match mentor and mentees. Mentor/mentee program fully implemented by 12/30/2021.
  2. Develop a survey for CNOs to determine CNS roles and understanding of practice. Survey developed and distributed by 12/30/2021.
  3. Manuscript development on CNO survey results completion by 12/30/2022.
  4. Develop competencies for CNS as researcher. Develop Research Toolkit for by 2/28/2022.
  5. Develop webinar in collaboration with Grad Ed committee. Consider revisiting webinar on QI, EBP, Research. By 12/1/2021.
  6. Complete trending data from CNS survey over time from 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022. Translate findings into a vision and evolution of CNS practice publication related to trends in CNS Practice. By 12/30/2023.
  7. Recommend survey revisions (i.e. include age) and suggestions to BOD by 12/30/2021 to implement with next survey in May 31, 2022.
  8. Collaborate with Grad Ed. committee for survey of schools – how to be helpful as programs are starting. Consider development of a checklist based on response complete by 12/30/2022.

Ongoing Committee Tasks:

  • Collaborate with CNSI and Website to list grants available on website by September 30, 2021.
  • Update and post NACNS research priorities every 3 years on webpage beginning 3/31/2022. Ensure alignment with NACNS strategies.

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Ana-Maria Gallo
Laura Ann Kitch
Jennifer Manning
Lola Trudell Coke
Ann Gosdin
Sandra Siedlecki
Pat Rosier
Mary Malone
Linda Cole
Patti Radovich

Listserv and Website Committee

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Establish a plan and timeline for implementation as well as additional enhancements requested with priority and budget to present to BOD by 11/30/2021.
  2. Collaborate with virtual AMC to develop a strategy and plan for updates and changes to ListServ platform. Design & launch of the new ‘ListServ’.
  3. Establish appropriate use guidelines for use of list-serve. What is appropriate to post vs not. Proper etiquette (include not a job site or advertising conferences, process for research recruiting…) by 9/30/2021
  4. Establish sustainable process for adding information to website as well as ongoing review for changes required to website.

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

Diana Copley
Jeri Tidwell
Mary Beth Modic
Stephanie Rivera-Gamme
Jennifer Katlen
Angie Malone
Carol Manchester
Kristie Murphy
Jessica Camp
Geralyn Lerg

Conference Planning Committee

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Develop a plan Hybrid Conference – Explore costs and options.
  2. Review and revise member requirements for abstract and presentation to include plagiarism statement and all materials must be available at the conference and no conflict of interest (driving people to personal websites)
  3. Establish routine annual process to ensure the top 10-abstracts are submitted to the CNS-Journal in advance for publication, by 09/30/2021 (may be able to publish more depending on page limitation).
  4. Collaborate with Research/EBP committee to develop a process to increase quality of student posters at the conference. (For example – Rather than reject, develop a revision/resubmission option with mentoring or youtube video instructions.
  5. Continue virtual tables at further conferences — Work with website committee to add this information to website
  6. Continue Cooking thematic class for local food

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs.

M. Jane Swartz
Allison Keck
Jan Powers
Mary Lawanson-Nichols
Eugena Bergvall
Cynthia Benz
Ana-Marie Gallo
Sheila DiRocco
Chrissie Schaeffer
Oscar Danny Lee
Alyssa McArdle
Alissa Bredbenner

Marketing and Communication Committee

The Marketing and Communication Committee shall develop and oversee the marketing and communication efforts to increase the visibility and value of the CNS, attract and engage current members in NACNS activities; and coordinate the consistent, timely, and meaningful communication to all stakeholders. This committee is made in part of the NACNS managing company/marketing team and NACNS membership.

2021-2022 Charges

  1. Partner with virtual marketing to create targeted social media campaigns that provide insight into what it means to be a CNS.
  2. Plan and implement twitter take over for CNS week
  3. Develop a plan to sell more CNS items, i.e. T-shirt, word cloud, president’s theme items. Presidents theme pins at annual conference
  4. Collaborate with Virtual marketing group for the plan and promotion for CNS week.

Other charges and activities may be added as deemed appropriate by board of directors and committee chairs

Stacie Hanes
Kate McDaniel
Linda Thurby-Hay
Carrie Doyle
Tina Mason
Caroline Clark
Faye Inumerables