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ANA Announces 2020: Year of the Nurse

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the American Nurses Association has announced that 2020 will be honored as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The ANA plans to celebrate 2020 by “engaging with nurses, thought leaders and consumers in a variety of ways that promote nursing excellence, infuse leadership and foster innovation.” This initiative includes expanding National Nurses Week from May 6-12 to the entire month of May.

NACNS supports this initiative to elevate nurses and applauds the ANA for this celebration.

Read more here:

ANA Website: Year of the Nurse 2020

Nursing World News


2021 Federal Budget Cuts Key Programs that will not meet the Nation’s Growing Demand for Nursing Workforce and Research

NACNS is a member of the Nursing Community Coalition(NCC).  Below is a quick summary of the issue.

Yesterday, President Trump released his FY 2021 budget, A Budget for America’s Future. This $4.8 trillion budgetary blueprint includes many cuts to key programs of interest to the NCC, including:

  • Elimination of all Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, except the Nurse Corps;
  • A reduction of $5.5 million to Nurse Corps funding for a total of $83.135 million;
  • Nearly $3 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health;
  • Reduction in National Institute of Nursing Research for a total of $156.804 million.

In response to these deep cuts, the Nursing Community Coalition released a statement that can be found here. For additional background on this budget framework, visit:

NACNS Member Input Needed for CMS!

Calling All NACNS Members!

Please take advantage of this opportunity to voice your concerns regarding challenges for CNS practice and advocating for full practice authority.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking additional input and recommendations regarding elimination of specific Medicare regulations that require more stringent supervision than existing state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license.

Click here to read more on the CMS Initiative.

Click here to read more on the President’s Executive Order (EO) #13890


Please send your recommendations to with the phrase “Scope of Practice” in the subject line by January 17, 2020.


Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute Announces 2020 Class of Fellows

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) is pleased to announce the 2020 Class of CNSI Fellows. This is a highly prestigious honor and only awarded to those members of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) who epitomize the excellence of Clinical Nurse Specialist as leaders of the nursing profession, staunch advocates for patients and families, and forerunners of innovations to improve the health of populations. The new fellows will be inducted on Wednesday, March 11 during the NACNS 2020 conference. Guest tickets for attending the dinner event are available on the NACNS conference registration website.

The 2020 Class of Fellows are:

Kathy A. Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Professor & Director, Nursing Research & Scholarship
Texas Christian University

Kathleen M. Baldwin, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, PGPCNP-BC, FAAN
Nurse Scientist
Texas Health Resources

Laura M. Dechant, DNP, APRN, CNS, CCRN, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Christiana Care Health System

Carol L. Delville, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
The University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Professor & Director, DNP Program
Rhode Island College

Jennifer Dorman, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Jersey Shore Medical Center

Paula Halcomb, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, TCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Kentucky Health Care

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Laura Kitch, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Essentia Health

Carol S. Manchester, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Minnesota Medical Center

Jayne K. McGrath, MS, RN, CCRN, CEN, CNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

Perianesthesia Clinical Nurse Specialist
Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan

Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Beaumont Health System

Barbara Quinn, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Director, Professional Practice & Nursing Excellence
Sutter Health

Angela R. Roberson, MNSc, APRN, PCNS-BC
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Kathleen M. Stacy, PhD, APRN-CNS, CCNS
Clinical Professor & CNS Program Coordinator
University of San Diego

Jerithea Tidwell, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, PNP-BC
NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist
Children’s Health Dallas


In 2016, the CNSI was founded as an arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). Its goal is to develop and promote the charitable, educational, innovative clinical practice and scientific purposes of NACNS. Today, the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute is the 501(c)3 arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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Founded in 1995, The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses who work in a variety of specialties to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve care and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, removing certification and regulatory barriers, and assuring the public access to quality CNS services.