Board of Directors

Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE

Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE, FCNS
President
president@nacns.org

Dr. Manning is a Board-Certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She completed her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Degrees at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (LSUHSC SON). Dr. Manning began her nursing career as a critical care registered nurse and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Programs at LSUHSC SON. Her teaching responsibilities include educating in both the DNP and Ph.D. programs at LSUHSC SON. Dr. Manning serves as the nurse researcher at East Jefferson General Hospital. She is a board member for both the National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).

Mitzi Saunders

Mitzi Saunders, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC
Past President

Dr. Saunders became a Certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in 1994. She practiced as a credentialed and privileged CNS provider for a vulnerable patient population at a level 1 trauma center in Detroit, MI. She additionally functioned as a clinical preceptor for both CNS and nurse practitioner students. In 2000, she took an academic leadership position at the University of Detroit Mercy (DM) and completed her PhD in Nursing in 2006 from Wayne State University. Her research foci are threefold: improving health outcomes in family caregivers of patients with heart failure or dementia, improving the delivery of online health education, and increasing the visibility of the CNS role to achieve full scope of practice for all CNSs. Dr. Saunders has Directed the Adult-Gerontology CNS on-line program at DM since 2007 which boasts a 100% national certification pass rate. Her students are her top priority at DM and working with them to achieve their professional goals as a CNS the primary focus. Overall, Dr. Saunders, a tenured Professor, actively leads in efforts that support advanced practice nursing at the local, state, and national levels. She functioned as Secretary for the Michigan CNS Association and participated in successes for MI CNSs to include title protection and prescriptive authority. She is a proud member and Board of Director for the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). She partnered with other CNSs on the NACNS Chronic Care Task Force and chaired the Nominating Committee for NACNS. Her most recent appointment is Leading the NACNS Essentials Task Force to achieve alignment of the graduate level competencies (Essentials, 2021) with the NACNS competencies of practice (2019) and demonstrate the uniqueness of the CNS specialty.

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

Rick Bassett MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FCNS
President-Elect

Rick Bassett is an Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist for St. Luke’s Health System (SLHS). He obtained his MSN from Idaho State University in 2009 and is certified as a Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, licensed as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Idaho and was recently inducted into the NACNS CNSI Fellowship.

Rick has led cohorts of Critical Care teams across the nation in practice and quality improvement programs with respect to ICU Delirium Recognition and Management, ICU Palliative Care/End of Life and Early ICU Mobility. He trained in clinical ethics at the University of Washington, is a Clinical Ethics Consultant for SLHS and member of the SLHS Ethics Committee for 30 years. 

Rick currently serves as the NACNS Board Liaison for the NACNS Legislative and Regulatory Committee and the Finance Committee. He is Chair of the SLHS Institutional Review Board, an NACNS Northwest Affiliate Board member, an Idaho Health Continuum of Care Alliance (IHCCA) Board member, Chair the IHCCA Legislative and Policy Committee, Idaho representative on the National POLST Plenary Council and Chair the National POLST Technology Committee working with industry, State and National leaders to improve POLST processes. Mr. Bassett lectures nationally and has published on topics related to ethics, palliative care and critical care.

Linda Thurby-Hay DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES

Linda Thurby-Hay, DNP, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES, FCNS
Secretary/Treasurer

Linda Thurby Hay is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a subspecialty in the care of those living with diabetes and endocrine disorders. Dr. Thurby-Hay is passionate about positioning the CNS to achieve specialty population health across the care continuum. She has practiced in both inpatient and ambulatory settings and in a provider as well as nursing practice & system change agent role. Her life’s work has been focused in strategizing system-level change that promotes individual personal health. Currently, her clinical work entails promoting the competence of CNSs in facilitating state-of-the-art inpatient and transitional diabetes care, and RN/RD teams in delivering diabetes education and support in ambulatory practices. Additionally, Dr. Thurby-Hay has worked tirelessly in Virginia to advance the CNS role legislatively while President of the Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists for several years. Although Virginia CNSs enjoy title protection, APRN status, and the option to prescribe therapy, there remain challenges in attaining full practice authority and practicing solely under the purview of nursing. Dr. Thurby-Hay is dedicated to pursuing efforts that advance the CNS role in promoting a healthy citizenry.

David F. Bradley, Jr., Lt Col, USAF, AGCNS-BC, CNOR, FCNS
Board Member

Kayla M. Little, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
Board Member

Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, CCNS, PCCN-K, ACHPN
Board Member

Jackeline Iseler, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE
Board Member

Jackeline Iseler is an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing, and Program Director of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Iseler teaches graduate nursing students and the nursing students in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program. She was the first certified clinical nurse specialist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the cardiovascular and in the adult transplant program. She has served as president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses’ Society. And is currently serving as president of the Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Education Committee since 2020. She serves on the Michigan Board of Nursing as the clinical nurse specialist representative. And is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing in 2019. Dr. Iseler’s expertise is in the heart and lung transplant, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patient population, transitions of care, and quality and process improvement.

Pamela Moss, MPH, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-CSC
Board Member

Amy Shay, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FCNS
Board Member

Amy Shay is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Clinical Nurse Specialist Track Coordinator at Indiana University. She received her PhD in nursing, with a minor in Rehabilitation Science, from Indiana University in 2017. Amy is a Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in critical care who has lectured internationally on clinical topics. Amy’s work in ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention received the Blue-Ribbon Research Abstract Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Her work in early mobility was recognized by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Amy consults with the Warfighter Medical Optimization research team of the U.S. Air Force for en-route care of wounded and is the civilian CNS subject matter expert for a military critical care moral distress study. She is lead editor of the NACNS sponsored Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification Review book. Amy is an American Association of Critical Care Nurses CCRN Alumnus and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Fellow.

Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
CNS Journal Editor, Ex-officio Member