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Clinical Nurse Specialists Associations Sign Agreement Uniting 92,000 North American CNSs

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (USA) and Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada Sign Memorandum of Understanding

RESTON, VA – September 10, 2020 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada (CNS-C). The MOU unites North America’s two Clinical Nurse Specialists (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 highly educated and unique among the four Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) roles as they are the only APRNs qualified to integrate care across the three spheres of impact in health care: patient care, nurses and nursing, and organizations and systems.

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

“Both organizations have similar opportunities and legislative objectives such as advocating for CNSs to operate as licensed independent providers,” said Sean M. Reed, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, president, NACNS. “There is strength in numbers and working together we will both be stronger organizations with a powerful voice. This MOU signals the start of a collaboration between the associations allowing us to combine efforts and present a united North American strategy with the goal of increasing the visibility and value of the CNS while promoting growth and attracting membership engagement for all CNSs.”

“We have implemented our strategic alliance through a memo of understanding so that we may strengthen the networks and advocacy of the associations, and achieve greater impact than either organization could achieve on its own” said Mary-Lou Martin, RN, CNS-APN, MScN, MEd, president, CNS-C. “We shared information about our organizations and explored the potential for partnerships, and we found that we have a lot of common ground regarding strengths, challenges and future plans that can be enhanced by promoting collaboration and jointly orchestrated strategies. To develop and promote working relations between our two national associations will build awareness of the CNS role and encourage creative innovation in the CNS’ spheres of practice and health systems approach: direct complex care; consultation; education; research; policy and leadership. 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 specialists (CNS) in the USA. 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.

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.

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NACNS:   https://nacns.org

CNS-C / ICS-C:  http://cns-c-canada.ca


2020 Clinical Nurse Specialists Recognition Week Kicks-off September 1

This Year’s Theme is the “Resurgence Of The CNS”

RESTON, VA – September 1, 2020 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced its 11th Annual Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Week celebration and released a schedule of its activities today.  This year’s CNS Week is scheduled for September 1-7, 2020 and the theme is the “Resurgence of the CNS”.  A schedule of events and a “Celebration Tool Kit” can be found here.

CNS Week recognizes and celebrates the unique expertise and value that the clinical nurse specialist contributes to health care organizations and patients,” said Sean M. Reed, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, president, NACNS. “This CNS Week theme, ‘Resurgence of the CNS’, is particularly poignant and appropriate this year as CNSs are playing a leading role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in organizations across the country.”

CNS week is an annual event that acknowledges the contributions of the nearly 90,000 CNSs in the United States. CNSs are an elite and unique group of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) that are the only APRNs qualified to integrate care across the three spheres of influence in health care:  patient, nurse, and system.  NACNS is the only national organization representing thousands of CNSs and dedicated to advancing the practice and education of CNSs.  Watch the #CNSPride Video and hear from CNSs across the country on why they are proud to be a CNS.

CNS Week Highlights

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


Prominent Clinical Nurse Specialists Join National Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Association Board

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Board Represents Thousands In U.S.

RESTON, VA – April 1, 2020 – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced the appointment of three new members to the NACNS Board of Directors at its 25th Annual Conference on March 12, 2020. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNS) across the country who provide direct patient care and lead groundbreaking initiatives to improve the quality of health care and clinical outcomes while reducing health care costs. 

“We are fortunate to add three highly qualified CNSs to the NACNS Board of Directors.  Each new director brings a unique and fresh perspective and a wealth of experience that will benefit all NACNS members and the profession,” said Sean M. Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, NACNS President. “I am excited to work with the NACNS Board of Directors to promote and enrich the CNS profession by demonstrating the resurgence of the most versatile advanced practice registered nurse, the CNS.”

About NACNS Board of Directors

Newly elected board members include:

Erica A. Fischer-Cartlidge, DNP, CNS, CBCN, AOCNS is the nurse leader for Evidence-based Practice and coordinator for a team of 45 CNSs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Mary Beth Modic, DNP, APRN-CNS, CDES is a leader in diabetes care at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  She is the co-creator and meta-facilitator of MAGNUS, a clinical empowerment program for bedside nurses.

Mitzi M. Saunders, PhD, APRN, CNS-C is the CNS coordinator and lead faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy AG-CNS program with specialty areas including geriatrics, holistic care, spiritual care and family caregiving for patients with heart failure and dementia.

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.


News – Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019

Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee advanced S.1399- Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 by a unanimous voice vote! This is truly a momentous occasion and one that NACNS has been focused on for a long time.  There is more work to do, but we are up for the challenge and united with other nursing organizations  to get this bill to the President’s desk. But for today, and in this moment, we celebrate!

More information from NACNS:

Communique Discussing Title VIII

Advocacy on Policies Affecting CNS’


Sean M. Reed Elected President, Carrie Doyle Secretary/Treasurer and Judy Dusek, Kimberly Elgin and Phyllis Whitehead Directors of Leading National Nursing Association

At its 2019 annual conference, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) announced that Sean M. Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, won the position of President-Elect of the esteemed organization. Reed, who will assume the presidency in March of 2020, is Palliative Care & Aging Research Fellow at the School of Medicine and Assistant Professor, Adjunct at the College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) across the country who provide direct patient care and lead groundbreaking initiatives to improve the quality of health care and clinical outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

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Indiana Nurse and Dean Honored with National Nursing Leadership Award

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award to Lisa Hopp, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of nursing at Purdue University Northwest. This Award recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS.

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Orlando Health’s Susan Fowler Receives National Honor, Named Researcher of the Year by Leading Nursing Association

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Researcher of the Year Award to Susan Fowler, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAHA.

Fowler has been involved in research since the mid-1990s. Since joining Orlando Health in 2017, she has completed 13 studies with colleagues, with findings disseminated at eight conferences and in five peer-reviewed journals. Her program of research includes topics such as bladder management, hope, medications, patient perceptions, vital signs, and stroke. While working at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, she served in a variety of research roles including research assistant, director of clinical trials, clinical nurse researcher, director of nursing research, and nurse scientist, always focused on the clinical aspects of research, especially its conduct in the clinical setting. Fowler received her PhD from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Loma Linda University Health Hospitals’ Radovich Receives National Honor, Named Preceptor of the Year by Leading Nursing Association

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Preceptor of the Year Award to Patricia Radovich, PhD, CNS, FCCM, the director of nursing research for Loma Linda University Health Hospitals. This award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies in the three spheres of CNS influence.

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Maureen Seckel Receives National Award for Quality Improvement Works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its first-ever CNS Evidence-Based Practice/Quality Improvement of the Year Award to Maureen Seckel, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM. This prestigious award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who has implemented evidence-based practice and provided quality improvement changes that have significantly impacted nursing practice, patient and family outcomes, and/or health care systems, including reducing cost.

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Texas Christian University’s Kathy Baker Honored with National Nursing Service Award

At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Sue B. Davidson Service Award to Kathy Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor and director of Nursing Research & Scholarship at Texas Christian University. This award recognizes extraordinary service to NACNS. It is named for Susan B. Davidson, a founding member of NACNS who served two terms as the association’s president and chaired the NACNS Research Committee.

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