CNS Achievement Board

NACNS celebrates with all of our CNSs their excellent achievements and recognitions.

Kim Elgin Receives 2022 ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year: Structural Empowerment Award

Institution: University of Virginia Health
Celebrating: I was honored to recieve an award from ANCC and Magnet Commission.
Posted: December 6, 2022

As leader of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) team at UVA Health in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Kimberly Elgin has worked to remove barriers and support top-of-license practice for advanced practice providers within and beyond UVA. She is recognized at the local, regional, and national levels for her efforts to optimize the role of CNS in health care organizations, improving outcomes for patients and families. Over the past two years, Dr. Elgin advocated for revision to Virginia state legislation which elevates CNS scope of practice in the Commonwealth. She leveraged subsequent regulatory amendments to better align UVA’s CNS practice with other advanced practice provider roles and revamp processes and structures that improve interprofessional collaboration. The UVA Health CNS team has led best-practice initiatives to reduce patient falls, pressure ulcers, and hospital-acquired infections.

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