Awards and Scholarships

The Katie Brush Critical Care CNS Scholarship

The Katie Brush Critical Care CNS Scholarship will be presented during the CNS Week in conjunction with the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute.

Katie Brush Critical Care CNS Scholarship fund is named after one of our NACNS board members, and strong CNS advocate, who suddenly passed in 2007 . Kathryn (Katie) Brush was a critical care clinical nurse specialist for over 10 years at Massachusetts General.

Her commitment to critical care nursing and patient centered care was evident locally and globally. She traveled to many countries to teach critical care nursing and in humanitarian relief work through the International Medical Surgical Response Team.

She has numerous achievements and contributions including induction into the American College of Critical Care Medicine (she was the 30th critical care nurse in the world to achieve this distinction).

The Katie Brush Critical Care CNS Scholarship will award up to $2,000 to Critical Care CNS students.

The Katie Brush Critical Care CNS Scholarship is awarded by the National Association of Critical Care Nurses in conjunction with the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute.

Application Period: March 18-June 30, 2024

Submit your application

Eligibility: 

  • NACNS member
  • Critical Care CNS students (CCRN preferred)
  • Background in critical care CNS focus
  • Desire to work in critical care
  • Actively enrolled in a CNS program (Master’s, Doctorate, Post-Master’s Certificate)
  • Not currently a CNS

Exclusions:

  • NACNS board member
  • Currently a CNS
  • Previously received this award

Rubric/Rating Scale (Likert)

  • Assessment of Gaps in Knowledge and Skills
    • Describe the gaps in your knowledge and skills. How will these gaps be addressed by receiving the scholarship? Answer the questions: What don’t you know? What do you want to know?
  • Learning Plan Goal Statement and Vision
    • Describe your learning plan and your goals for addressing the gaps identified above and how the learning activity you are proposing will help you achieve your professional goals. In developing your learning plan, be as specific as possible when you are linking your proposed learning activity to the gaps in your knowledge and skills. How will you use the knowledge gained and apply it to critical care as a CNS? Answer the questions: How do you plan to acquire the knowledge you lack? How will you apply the new knowledge to your practice?
  • Professional Activities
    • List organizational memberships, community activities, related presentations and other relevant professional activities that prepare you to take advantage of the learning experience you are proposing. Include all relevant information here, and do not reference your CV/resume as reviews are blinded and reviewers will not see your CV/resume.
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty and one from a professional colleague (blinded for review).

Additional requirements

  • Letter of acceptance to a CNS program
  • Proof of registration