Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee

NACNS is constantly striving for excellence through our passion and active participation in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts by all committees. The NACNS’s goal is to create measurable outcomes and promote a lasting world of DEIB within our organization and our communities through:

  • Commitment to raise awareness and eradicate acts of racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and oppression.
  • Enhancement of the role and understanding of CNSs in diverse communities.
  • Accountability in identifying our own implicit biases and working together to understand each other’s preferences, morals, and values.
  • Employment of respect and dignity for all human beings and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of all CNSs.

The committee shall work to integrate DEIB throughout the governance structures and membership.

Skills and Development

Members of the NACNS DEIB Committee underwent specific training to broaden their scope and knowledge with creating practices of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The committee believes in lifelong continuing education and is consistently evaluating opportunities to enhance foundational knowledge.

NACNS DEI Achievements & Outcomes

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) embarked on a journey to actualize diversity, equity, and inclusion within the association. NACNS met this challenge by forming a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Task Force. Initiatives include understanding the current NACNS demographic, developing a vision and mission statement, and creating a budget. The task force’s work, current diversity of CNSs within the United States, and barriers to diversity in the CNS role are addressed.

NACNS requested the task force be developed into a committee to align the organization’s priorities focusing on DEIB efforts to support the communities we serve.

Community Forums & Network Building

Coming Soon!

Community forums are intended to create discussion and elicit inquiry in regards to DEIB topics. Please be respectful and professional in communications.

1. Diverse communities: (not all inclusive)

  • Black CNSs
  • Hispanic CNSs
  • Male CNSs
  • Military CNSs
  • CNSs in Ambulatory Care
  • Indigenous CNSs
  • CNS students
  • Asian & Pacific Islander

2. Diverse patient populations cared for by CNSs: (no all inclusive)

  • Indigenous/Rural
  • Homeless
  • Veteran’s
  • Undocumented
  • Minority

Committee Members

Jeri Tidwell, Chair
Jeanna Ford, Co-Chair
Isha Alibey
Jennifer Bierbaum
Shannon Brunt
Shontaya Carrico
Latoya Freeman
Sonia Hedge
Amber Johnson
Myra King
Samantha Knight
Mary Carol Racelis
Katherine Rembalski
Tanya Thomas
Susan Dresser, Board Liaison


  1. DEIB Committee to recommend needed 1. DEIB training and 2. integrate DEIB strategies within NACNS governance structure (Committee/BOD) and events by end of year 2023.
  2. Devise a process to solicit more diverse membership opportunities.
  3. Expand DEIB to include CNSs who work outside of the hospital such as primary care, LTC, HH, hospice (Work with Professional Development and Continuing Education to create position statements and education to address these unique CNSs so they feel NACNS represents their interests)
  4. Continue work related to the dissemination of the DEIB survey results and comments by the end of Q3.
  5. Virtual will create a NPI awareness campaign that is inclusive of our DEIB mission no later than Q2 2023.

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