Category: Press Releases and Advisories


NACNS Announces Clinical Nurse Specialist Award Recipients for 2024

US CNS Association Honors Remarkable Professional Excellence

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Mar. 20, 2024 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) has unveiled its 2024 award recipients, as well as the individual chosen as the president-elect: Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FCNS.

NACNS stands as the sole non-profit organization in the United States that advocates for the 89,000 clinical nurse specialists (CNS) across the nation. It is committed to the promotion and enhancement of the practice and educational standards related to the profession. CNSs constitute one of the four distinct categories within the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) domain.

NACNS recognized outstanding achievements and contributions in the CNS field by presenting awards to its members and affiliated individuals. These individuals were chosen based on nominations and selections made by peers. 

“I am delighted to recognize these eleven dedicated CNSs who consistently go the extra mile and make significant contributions to the profession,” said Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE, and NACNS president. “NACNS, and the CNS role, could not be where it is today without their invaluable support.” 

The 2024 NACNS National Award Winners are:

  1. CNS Preceptor of the Year: Latasia Belin, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, ONC, FCNS
  2. Academic Faculty Award: David F. Bradley, Jr., DNP, RN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CNOR, FCNS
  3. Susan B. Davidson Service Award: Jan Powers, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CCNS, NE-BC, FCCM, FAAN
  4. CNS Mentor of the Year: Mary Lawanson-Nichols, MSN, RN, CNS, NP, CCRN
  5. CNS of the Year: Pamela Moss, MSN, MPH, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-CSC
  6. CNS Researcher of the Year: Sandra L. Siedlecki, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, FAAN
  7. Armed Forces CNS of the Year: Tracy Ostrom, RN, DNP, APRN-BC
  8. Rising Star of the Year: Megan Zondor, MSN, RN, AGCNS
  9. NACNS Affiliate of the Year: Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  10. CNS EBP/QI Award: Jodie Pufundt, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-NIC, EBP-C
  11. Brenda Lyon Leadership Award: Michelle Defabio, DNP, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC

About the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). A CNS is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) prepared by a master’s, or doctoral, or post-graduate certificate level CNS program. CNSs diagnose, prescribe, and treat patients and specialty populations across the continuum of care. The CNS improves outcomes by providing direct patient care, leading evidence-based practice, optimizing organizational systems, and advancing nursing practice. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. Learn more and discover the benefits of joining the NACNS.

Media Contact
Melissa Bednar
NACNS Public Relations
Tel: +1 781.876.8962
Email: mbednar@virtualinc.com


Eight Distinguished Clinical Nurse Specialists Elected to 2024 NACNS Leadership

NACNS Continues to Advocate for 89,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists in the U.S.

RESTON, VA – Oct. 25, 2023 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today announced it welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors and introduces its President-Elect and Nominating Committee Members.

The NACNS serves as the representative body for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) across the U.S. These highly skilled professionals are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with specialized graduate-level training in nursing. They possess the authority to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and improve outcomes by providing direct patient care, leading evidence-based practice, optimizing organizational systems, and advancing nursing practice.

Mitzi Saunders, Ph.D., APRN, ACNS-BC and President of NACNS, emphasized that NACNS Board Members play a vital leadership function within the organization, serving as the foremost champions for the 89,000 CNSs in the U.S.

“Our recently elected leadership’s dedication to leading the next generation of CNSs transcends the boundaries of NACNS and extends to their patients and the institution they serve, as CNSs possess a unique skill set enabling them to excel both at the bedside and in clinical or educational capacities. I’d like to thank them for their unwavering commitment to the CNS role,” she said.

The 2023 President-Elect, Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE​, shared her excitement for the year to come.

“I am very excited and honored to step into the role of President for NACNS in 2024. This is a pivotal time for Clinical Nurse Specialists, and I am committed to advocating for the invaluable contributions they make to healthcare. Together with the dedicated members of NACNS, I look forward to advancing our profession, ensuring the highest quality of care for patients, and strengthening the impact of Clinical Nurse Specialists nationwide,” she said.

Newly elected leadership includes: 

2024 President-Elect

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

Board of Directors

  • David F. Bradley, Jr., Lt Col, USAF, AGCNS-BC, CNOR, FCNS
  • Kayla Little, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
  • Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, CCNS, PCCN-K, ACHPN

Nominating Committee Members

  • Linda Cole, DNP, RN, APRN, CCNS, CPHQ, CNE, FCNS
  • Jesse Michael Hartmann, DNP, APN, AGCNS-BC, CNAMB, CNOR, CSSM, RNFA, MAJ, Army, Nurse Corps
  • Brittany D. Rhoades, Ph.D., APRN, CCNS, CCTN
  • Allegra Del Rio, MS, BSN, AGCNS, MEDSURG-BC

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The NACNS is the only national association in the U.S. representing the CNS. It is committed to showing the value of the CNS as an APRN, embracing full practice authority for all CNSs, providing support to individual CNSs, CNS programs, and entities employing CNSs, and achieving and maintaining organizational excellence. NACNS strives to meet its vision that every CNS is an APRN with a full scope of practice and is a transformative innovator leading improvement across healthcare environments. For more information, or to join NACNS, click here.

Media Contact
Melissa Bednar
NACNS Public Relations
Tel: +1 781.876.8962
Email: mbednar@virtualinc.com


The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Releases 2022 Census Results

Data Shows Next Generation of CNSs Ready to Improve Healthcare for Everyone

RESTON, Va. – July 25, 2023 – New data shows that clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) want to further expand in order to use all of their training and education, according to results of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2022 Census of the CNS profession. The census was co-sponsored by the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute. 

An infographic based on census data called “Leading the Next Generation: Insights from the 2022 NACNS Census” shows an opportunity for a strong new generation of CNSs with almost 30% intending to retire within the next five years. An infographic of the 2022 census is available. 

CNSs help to improve outcomes for patients and their families, improve skills and workplace experiences for nurses, and improve business efficiency for healthcare providers. Giving physical assessments, diagnosing and prescribing are all part of CNS education and training; however, some states and systems do not take advantage of CNSs’ full ability. 

“The data demonstrates the urge CNSs have to utilize their full potential in the workplace,” said Mitzi Saunders, Ph.D., APRN, ACNS-BC and NACNS president. “Our members confirmed that they want NACNS to support them so they receive role validation, title protection and state recognition. Right now, more than half of the surveyed CNSs feel like they don’t have hospital or healthcare system privileges that match their education and training. These are numbers we are hoping to change in the coming years.” 

NACNS surveys CNSs every four years collecting both demographic and professional data. Over 1,600 CNSs responded to the 2022 survey, with almost 65% being a member of NACNS. 

About the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in a variety of health care specialties to ensure the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. Learn more and discover the benefits of joining the NACNS.

Media Contact
Jennifer Priest
NACNS Public Relations
jpriest@virtualinc.com


United States and Canadian Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Associations Sign Agreement to Increase Visibility of North America’s 93,000 CNSs

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (U.S.) and the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

RESTON, Va. – April 4, 2023 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced today that the organization has signed and renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada (CNS-C). The MOU unites North America’s two Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) associations with the joint objective of promoting activities that increase the visibility of the 89,000 US CNSs and over 3,000 Canadian CNSs in North America.  

CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have graduate preparation, such as a master’s or a doctorate in nursing. Like other advanced practice registered nurses, US CNSs are trained in advanced physiology, pharmacology and physical assessment in addition to their particular areas of specialty. They are trained to diagnose, treat, prescribe and bill like other APRNs.

The collaboration includes joint legislative and regulatory advocacy as well as marketing activities. Each CNS association will continue to appoint liaisons to meet quarterly with the responsibility of coordinating efforts between the two organizations. 

“Both organizations have similar opportunities and legislative objectives such as advocating for title and role protection and prescriptive and full practice for CNSs,” said past NACNS president Phyllis Whitehead, Ph.D., APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, FCNS.There is strength in working together so that we have a more powerful CNS advocacy network. The continuation of this MOU ensures ongoing collaboration between our associations allowing us to combine efforts and present a united North American strategy to increase the visibility and value of the CNS role while promoting growth and attracting membership engagement for all CNSs.”

“At a time of nursing shortages, supporting the experts in nursing who can support general staff nurses is critically important. This agreement allows clinical specialists in nursing to collaborate and support each other as we support the health care systems of both countries,” said Elsabeth Jensen, RN, BA, Ph.D. (Nursing) and president, CNS-C. “While there are differences between the health care systems in both countries, there are many similarities. The challenges faced by clinical nurse specialists are similar. Sharing strategies for promoting the CNS role will benefit the public and improve health care across the continent. CNSs are uniquely positioned to bring focus and contribute to change in complex health care systems and improve patient and system level outcomes.”

About the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in a variety of health care specialties to ensure the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. Learn more and discover the benefits of joining the NACNS.

About the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada 

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada (CNS-C) / Association des infirmières et infirmiers cliniciens spécialisés du Canada (ICS-C) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in Canada. CNS-C officially incorporated in January 2016 and have representatives across the provinces and territories of Canada. CNSs have advanced education and specialized clinical expertise within nursing practice. CNSs provide a leadership platform through which they can impact and influence cost-effective health care system change to support safe, quality care and superior outcomes. In Canada, there is a need to develop more CNS Master in Nursing programs and achieve CNS title protection to ultimately improve patient/client outcomes. For more information or to join CNS-C, please refer to our website. 

For any media inquiries in the US, please contact:
Melissa Bednar
NACNS Public Relations
mbednar@virtualinc.com

For any media inquiries in Canada, please contact:
Elsabeth Jensen
President, CNS-C
elsabethj@gmail.com

Paul-André Gauthier
Executive Member, CNS-C
Membre du Conseil Exécutif, ICS-C
paul_andre_gauthier@hotmail.com


National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Announces 2023 Award Winners

Only US CNS Association Recognizes Outstanding Professional Excellence

RESTON, Va. – March 17, 2023 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) recently announced its 2023 award winners, president, and president-elect. Mitzi Saunders, Ph.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, was elected president and Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE, was elected president-elect of NACNS. Five new board members were also recently elected. 

NACNS is the only US non-profit organization representing the 89,000 clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in our country, and is dedicated to advancing the practice and education of the role. CNSs are one of the four categories of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Awards were given out to NACNS members and affiliates in the CNS field whose achievements and contributions were outstanding. Award winners were nominated and selected by their peers. More information about the annual NACNS Awards Program can be found on our website

“In order to continue to drive forward the adoption of the CNS role, we need people like these eleven award winners that go above and beyond for their practice,“ said Mitzi Saunders, Ph.D., APRN, ACNS-BC and NACNS president. “I am thrilled to be able to honor these hardworking professionals and all they do for the CNS profession.”

The 2023 NACNS National Award Winners are:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year: Marianne Hiles, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, RNC-LRN, C-EFM, FCNS
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Academic Faculty Award: Jackeline Iseler, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Evidence-Based Practice / Quality Improvement of the Year Award: Misty Lamprecht, MS, APRN-CNS, AOCN, BMTCN
  • Armed Forces Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award: Major Kenneth Romito, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CNOR, CSSM
  • Rising Star Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award: Matthew Keyes, MS, RN, CNS, ACCNS-AG, AGCNS-BC
  • NACNS Affiliate of the Year Award: North Carolina Affiliate of NACNS
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Mentor of the Year Award: Kellie Capes, DNP, RN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award: Marcia Cornell, DNP, APRN-CNS, RN, ACNS-BC, NPD-BC, CEN, TCRN
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur of the Year Award: Lisa Soltis, MSN, RN-BC, APRN, PCCN-K, CCRN-CSC-CMC, CCNS, CES-A, FCCM, FCNS
  • Sue B. Davidson Service Award: Dianna J. Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN
  • Brenda Lyon Leadership Award: Erica Fischer-Cartlidge, DNP, RN, AOCNS, EBP-C
  • President’s Award: Jan Powers, Ph.D., RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM, FAAN

About the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in a variety of health care specialties to ensure the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. Learn more and discover the benefits of joining the NACNS. 


Five Clinical Nurse Specialists Named To NACNS Board Of Directors

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists To Advocate For 89,000 CNSs In U.S.

RESTON, VA – January 19, 2023 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced the election of five members to the NACNS Board of Directors  and introduced its President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer today.  

NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNS) across the country.  Clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who have graduate preparation in nursing.  They can diagnose, treat, prescribe and bill like other APRNs as allowed by their state regulations and typically hold leadership positions at the hospital or system level.

“NACNS Board Members play a critical leadership role within the organization.  They act as the primary advocates for the 89,000 CNSs in the United States,” said Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, FAAN and president, NACNS. “Their advocacy extends beyond NACNS to their patients and the organizations they serve.  CNSs are uniquely qualified to work at the bedside as well as in clinical or educational roles.”

About NACNS Board of Directors
Newly named officers and board members include:

President-Elect
Jennifer L. Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE​
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Secretary-Treasurer
Linda Thurby-Hay, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES
Bon Secours Mercy Health Richmond

Board Members
Jackeline Iseler, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE​
Michigan State University

Pamela Moss, MPH, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-CSC​
Johns Hopkins University

Amy Shay, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FCNS​
Indiana University-School of Nursing

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in a variety of health care specialties to ensure delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers, while assuring public access to quality CNS services. For more information or to join NACNS click here


National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 2022 Award Winners and New Board Announced

National Awards Recognize Clinical Nurse Specialists for Outstanding Professional Achievement 

RESTON, VA – March 23, 2022 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) recently unveiled its 2022 award winners, president, president-elect and new board of directors at its Annual Conference. Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, FAAN was elected president and Mitzi Saunders, PhD, APRN, CNS-C. was elected president-elect of NACNS. New board members include: 

  • Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FCNS
  • Susan Dresser, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, FCNS
  • Cherrie Pullium, DNP APRN ACNS-BC, FCNS

NACNS is the national, non-profit organization representing the 89,000 clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in the United States and is dedicated to advancing the practice and education of CNSs. CNSs are one of the four Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).

Twelve CNS Award Winners Honored

The twelve award winners were honored for their professional achievements and contributions to advancing the CNS profession in the United States. Award winners were nominated and selected to receive the honors by their APRN peers. More NACNS Award Program information can be found here. 

“These twelve award winners represent everything CNSs stand for; professionalism, community, and excellence,” said Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, FAAN and president, NACNS. “In 2022 we are looking forward to honoring these and more CNSs who have shown exceptional dedication to the profession.” 

2022 NACNS National Award Winners

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year: 2022 Recipient: Kathleen Hopkins, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, FCNS
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Evidence-Based Practice / Quality Improvement of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Lynne Brophy, MSN, PGMT-BC, APRN-CNS, AOCN
  • Armed Forces Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Wendy Hamilton, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, RN-BC
  • Rising Star Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Kayla Little, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Researcher of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Tina Mason, PhD, APRN, AOCN, AOCNS, FCNS
  • NACNS Affiliate of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Mentor of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Commander Karen Flanagan, ACCNS-AG, AGACNP-BC, CEN
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award: 2022 Recipient: Jennie Matays, MS, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN
  • Sue B. Davidson Service Award: 2022 Recipient: Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, FCNS
  • Brenda Lyon Leadership Award: 2022 Recipient: Kimberly Elgin DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN
  • President’s Award: 2022 Recipient: Sean M. Reed, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, FCNS

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in a variety of health care specialties to ensure delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers, while assuring public access to quality CNS services. For more information or to join NACNS click here.


Clinical Nurse Specialist Armed Forces Affiliate Announced By NACNS

Grow To 22 NACNS Affiliates And 89,000 CNSs in The United States

WAKEFIELD, MA. – November 22, 2021 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced today the addition of an Armed Forces Affiliate bringing the total number of NACNS Affiliates to 22 nationwide. NACNS Affiliates are independent state and regional common interest groups with mission and goals similar to NACNS. They benefit from affiliating with the national organization for the 89,000 CNSs and having access to NACNS resources.

NACNS’s Armed Forces Affiliates has representation from three services, – Navy, Air Force and Army – and will advocate for the CNS across the Defense Health Agency. 

“NACNS’s Affiliate Program provides groups the opportunity to link with a national association and influence issues of concern to CNSs,” said Jan Powers, president, NACNS. “The Armed Forces Affiliate will highlight the wonderful things CNSs are doing across the nation and those serving abroad, as well as showing how CNSs are making an impact in military healthcare. “

By becoming an affiliate of NACNS, organizations can benefit from NACNS materials, gain opportunities to influence the positions, activities and resources of NACNS, and market affiliate groups accomplishments in the “CNS Journal” and NACNS Newsletter. For more details about affiliation and learn about how to get started, click here for the Affiliate Application.

22 NACNS Affiliates And Growing

NACNS Affiliate Program members include; Alabama Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Alaska Clinical Nurse Specialist Association, Armed Forces Affiliate, Arkansas Clinical Nurse Specialists, California Association of CNSs, Central Indiana Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Chesapeake Bay Affiliate of NACNS, Delaware Valley Affiliate of NACNS, Florida Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Georgia CNS, Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Minnesota Affiliate of National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Mo-Kan Clinical Nurse Specialists, North Carolina Affiliate of National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Northeast Ohio CNS, Oklahoma Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Oregon Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania NACNS Affiliate, Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists, Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, VA Virtual, Washington State CNS, Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, West New York NACNS.

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in health care specialties to ensure delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. For more information or to join NACNS, click here


NACNS Leaders Named American Academy of Nursing Fellows

12 CNSs Honored as Distinguished Leaders

RESTON, VA – October 13, 2021 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced today that Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM, President and Phyllis Whitehead PhD, RN, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, President-elect of NACNS were inducted into The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) 2021 Class of Fellows. The inductees were recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s Annual Health Policy Conference, October 7-9, 2021. Out of the 89,000 CNSs in the United States, Powers and Whitehead are part of an elite group of 12 CNSs inducted into the AAN 2021 Class of Fellows:

Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM, President of NACNS—Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, IN

Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, RN, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, PMGT-BC, FNAP, President-elect of NACNS – Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA

Gail E. Armstrong, PhD, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN, CNE – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Virginia Capasso, PhD, CNP, CNS, CWS, FACCWS – Massachusetts General Hospital, MA

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC – Yale University, New Haven, CT

Linda S. Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, CNS – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Chicago, IL

Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, RN, CNS, CRNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN – University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, PMHCNS-BC – University of Illinois Chicago, IL

Roberta Kaplow, PhD, APRN-CCNS, AOCNS, CCRN – Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-PMHCNS, APHN-BC – Rogers Behavioral Health, Wisconsin

Jamie Myers, PhD, RN, AOCNS – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA

“The Academy aims to improve health and achieve health equity through nursing leadership, innovation, and science,” said Powers.  “The Academy now has over 2,900 Fellows, or members, who collaborate and create research-based policy initiatives to advance the field of health care.”

The AAN invites nurses in education, management, practice, and research every year to become Fellows. These members exhibit significant career accomplishments and are expected to contribute time and knowledge to enhance the quality of health and nursing, promote healthy aging and development, and shape healthy behaviors, among other responsibilities.

Powers was elected president of NACNS in March 2021 and has served as the Director of Nursing Research and Professional Practice at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, IN, since 2015. She received her BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing from Indiana University.

Whitehead serves as the president-elect of NACNS, is a clinical ethicist and palliative care clinical nurse specialist with the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She received her BSN and MSN from Radford University and earned her PhD at Virginia Tech.

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in health care specialties to ensure delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. For more information or to join NACNS, click here

About The American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) serves the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. The Academy consists of approximately 2,900 Fellows, or members, in the roles of association executives, university presidents, chancellors and deans, elected officials, state and federal political appointees, hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing, nurse consultants, and researchers and entrepreneurs. Academy Fellows contribute time and effort to engaging with Fellow members of NACNS as well as health leaders outside the Academy to transform America’s health system. For more information on AAN, click here.


NACNS President Jan Powers To Present During National APP Week

National APP Week is dedicated to honoring Advanced Practice Providers

RESTON, VA – October 7, 2021 – NACNS President Jan Powers will participate in a discussion panel featuring five National Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Professional Organization presidents during the Inaugural National APP Week Virtual Kickoff Ceremony on October 11-15, 2021.

The inaugural event will bring together APP leaders from across the country, representing 75+ organizations and over 40,000 APPs. The goal of APP week is to recognize APPs as a unified group of Certified Registered Anesthetists (CRNAs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), Nurse Midwives (CNMs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and Physician Assistants/Associates (PAs). The theme of this year’s National APP Week is “APPs United.” This theme is to highlight that during the pandemic, APPs were critical to many organizations while there were staff shortages.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a speaker for the inaugural APP Week Ceremony,” said Powers. “The ability for APPs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)of  all backgrounds and organizations to come together and collaborate on practices and leadership will provide for increased engagement cross-functionally and a more unified approach to problem-solving.”

Speakers at National APP Week Virtual Kickoff Ceremony Panel Discussion:

  • Catherine Collins Fulea – DNP, CNM, FACNM, American College of Nurse Midwives
  • April Kapu – DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Jennifer Orozco – PA-C, DFAAPA, American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Jan Powers – PHD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FCCM, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Dina Velocci – DNP, CRNA, APRN, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

About The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is the only national association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are the most versatile advanced practice registered nurses and work in health care specialties to ensure delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory health care settings, CNSs impact direct patient care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations and systems to optimize care and drive outstanding clinical outcomes. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education and removing unnecessary and limiting regulatory barriers while assuring public access to quality CNS services. For more information or to join NACNS, click here

About National APP Week

National Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Week honors the contribution of our various APPs including Physician Associate (Assistants), Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives. This important group of providers elevate the fields of medicine and nursing to ensure our most vulnerable populations receive high-quality, evidence-based care. This week celebrates the hard work of these professionals and to raise awareness of their unique roles in healthcare. For more information about National APP Week, click here.