CNS Institute

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI), founded in 2016 as an arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), serves to develop and promote the charitable, educational, innovative clinical practice, and scientific purposes of NACNS.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute is the The 501(c)3 arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute would like to congratulate two NACNS members in receipt of research grant funding from monies provided through a charitable donation by Brenda Lyons:

  • Mary Pat Johnston, MS, RN, AOCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology, at the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth for her research study titled ‘Cancer Survivor Empowerment through Patient-Reported Outcomes’ and
  • Morgan Yordy, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN-BC at Auburn University School of Nursing for her research study titled ‘Improving Health Outcomes by Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy in the K-12 School Setting.’





CNS Institute Events at the 2020 Annual Conference:

To enhance the vision and visibility of CNSs, the CNSI launched the Fellowship Program in 2019. CNSI Fellows have made significant and impactful contributions to advance the CNS role in their communities and state, and across the nation.

The Induction Ceremony on March 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, is an evening event to recognize and honor the new class of fellows. The Ceremony begins with dinner, followed by recognition of each new fellow with presentation of their FCNSI pin and certificate.


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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.*

Click here to see the 2020 Class of Fellows!

*If you are attending the conference and would like to purchase a guest ticket, click on register now, enter your information, expand the Wednesday options and add a Guest ticket to your itinerary.
*If you would like to purchase a guest ticket without attending the conference, click here to purchase a ticket through the NACNS Store.

CNSI Video Competition

The winners for the 2019 Video Competition are:

First place in the Team Category
Lori Brittingham, MS, RN, CNS, ACCNS-N, of Reading Hospital for “The Reading Hospital CNS team: We Won’t Stop’’

First place in the Student Category
Lynda Mackin, PhD, AG PCNP-BC, CCNS, GS-C, UCSF School of Nursing, Class of 2019 Adult-Gerontology CNS
Students, for “Promoting the CNS Role”

Honorable Mention:
Barbara Hill, Emory Healthcare: What is a CNS
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Honorable Mention:
Katie Hopkins, Penn Medicine: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Influencing Clinical Care, Driving Value

2019 CNS Institute Board of Trustees  

Chair: Melissa Craft, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Graduate Education, University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Vice Chair: Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research, Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Treasurer: Susan B. Fowler, PhD, RR, CNRN, FAHA
Nurse Scientist, Center for Nursing Research, Orlando, Florida

Trustee: Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Trustee: Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN, FCCM
Director of Nursing Research and Professional Practice, Parkview Regional Health System, Indianapolis, IN

Trustee: Kathleen Evanovich Zavotsky PhD, RN, CCRN, CEN, ACNS-BC, FAEN, FCNS
Assistant Vice President, The Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital(Not in photo)