2021 Fall Summit

NACNS 2021 Fall Summit NOW ONLINE!:

Opening Keynote by Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Adviser for Nursing!

Session Topics Include:

Bedside to Boardroom
APRN Advocacy
Clinical Competencies
The New AACN Essentials

This two-day, engaging and collaborative conference features distinguished speakers and and the opportunity to gain CE credits. Attendees will hear from some of the most respected voices in the policy and education fields, will collaborate during hands-on workshops, will reconnect with their peers through virtual networking and will gain innovative tools and resources they can implement into their practice.

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Virtual Registration Rates (includes CEs):
Members: $299
Non-Members: $399
Student Members: $225

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Keynote Speaker

Susan B. Hassmiller

Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing

Susan Hassmiller is currently serving as the Senior Scholar-In-Residence and Senior Adviser to the President on Nursing at the National Academy of Medicine from January 2019 through August 2021.  In this role, she is serving as a key member of the leadership team for the Future of Nursing 2030 report.  She is also the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, and in partnership with AARP, Hassmiller also directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This 50-state and District of Columbia effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and will additionally seek to build a Culture of Health. Hassmiller served as the report’s study director.

Hassmiller’s work has included service in public health settings at the local, state and national levels, including HRSA.  She taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia.

Hassmiller is a member of the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and sits on other advisory committees and boards, including the Hackensack Meridian Health System, UnitedHealth, Carrier Clinic and the American Red Cross. She is the recipient of many awards and three honorary doctorates, but most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Featured Speakers

Rebecca Patton

Rebecca M. Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN
Past President American Nurses Association

Rebecca M. Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN, holds the Inaugural and first in the nation, Endowed Perioperative Nursing Chair, Atkinson Professorship at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.  She is the past two-term president of the American Nurses Association (2006-2010). Becky has presented extensively throughout the world.  She has testified before Congress and met with major policy makers– including Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton when she lobbied on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.  Recipient of numerous honors, Becky was selected twice as one of Modern Healthcare “Top 100 Most Influential Persons in Healthcare”.   Her textbook, Nurses Making Policy from Bedside to Boardroom received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in 2020.

Ruth Ludwick

Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, FAAN
Professor Emeritus at Kent State University

Ruth Ludwick is a Professor Emeritus at Kent State University, Adjunct Graduate Faculty at Northeast Ohio University of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor in the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy at Case Western Reserve University. She is a consultant, researcher, author, and international scholar with over 200 peer- reviewed articles, book chapters and presentations. She is co-editor of the AJN award winning book, Nurses Making Policy from Bedside to Boardroom; royalties support the American Nurses Foundation Washington Policy Fellowship. Ruth is an active reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals and serves on several editorial boards. As a gerontological nursing researcher and educator, Dr. Ludwick’s work extends to a global network, having served as a guest lecturer, visiting professor and consultant in numerous countries.

Ruth Ludwick

Sean DeGarmo, PhD, RN, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC
Inaugural Director, APRN Initiatives at American Nurses Credentialing Center

Sean DeGarmo, PhD, RN, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC is the inaugural Director, APRN Initiatives. In this role, Dr. DeGarmo will act as the central coordinator and convener of internal and external stakeholders to provide information and coordinate on issues impacting advanced practice nursing within the ANA Enterprise. He serves as a primary resource for colleges and universities related to ANA Enterprise programs and products and establish strong relationships with APRN faculty to promote ANCC Certification. He will support data collection related to APRN practice and serve as an internal resource to multiple departments including but not limited to: ANA Policy & Government Affairs; Nursing Programs/Nursing Practice & Work Environment; Membership & Constituent Relations; and the ANCC credentialing programs. Dr. DeGarmo will also work to identify and create innovative opportunities to grow advance practice nursing business opportunities for the ANA Enterprise. Dr. DeGarmo has over 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, flight nurse, researcher and educator in academic and non-academic institutions. He is triple-board certified by ANCC and has served on ANCC content expert panels. Dr. DeGarmo holds a baccalaureate of science in nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word; a master of science in nursing, a post-graduate degree in nursing as an emergency nurse practitioner, and a doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His research is focused on the diffusion of innovations in healthcare with an emphasis on comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness and user adoption.

Lisa Stand

Lisa Stand, JD
Senior Policy Advisor, American Nurses Association

Lisa Stand, JD, (she, her) is a Senior Policy Advisor at the American Nurses Association. She is a member of ANA’s Policy/Government Affairs team, representing the voice of nurses and nursing in federal regulatory matters. Her principal focus is on federal policies governing advanced-practice care, including Medicare payment and delivery reform. Her portfolio also covers nurse roles in long-term services and supports, and nurse safety. Lisa has broad health law and policy experience, with a focus on health care financing and systems, having monitored and informed implementation of major legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and creation of the Medicare drug benefit. She has advocated for federal policies to improve the lives of older people, women with low-incomes, people living with HIV, and people with unstable housing. She also led health care policy development at AARP for 10 years.

Susan Swider

Susan Swider, PhD, PHNA-BC, FAAN
Professor, Community Systems and Mental Health, College of Nursing, Rush University

Session Speakers

Kathy Baker

Kathy A. Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FCNS FAAN
Texas Christian University, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr. Baker is Professor and Director, Nursing Research & Scholarship at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and the Editor-in-Chief of Gastroenterology Nursing.

Susan Dresser

Susan Dresser, PhD, APRN-CNS, FCNS
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Susan Dresser is the Director of an Adult-Gerontology CNS program and a critical care CNS with over 30 years of practice as an APRN.

Kimberly Elgin

Kimberly W. Elgin, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN
University of Virginia Health System

Kimberley Elgin, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN is the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for the University of Virginia Health System (UVA Health). She specializes in the care of adult, acute care trauma and general surgery patients.  She also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, with an emphasis on acute and specialty care. Elgin is the author and co-author of numerous nursing journal articles as well as the Margaret G. Tyson Innovative Teaching Endowment Award Winner from the University of Virginia School of Nursing Alumni Association. In 2019, she was elected to the Board of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).  Elgin earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware.

Jan Fulton

Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FCNS, FAAN
Indiana University School of Nursing

Dr. Fulton is the Centennial Endowed Professor in Innovation in Nursing Education, Indiana University School of Nursing.  She serves as the editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, the official journal of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Jackie Iseler

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

Jackeline Iseler is an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing, and Program Director of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Iseler teaches graduate nursing students and the nursing students in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program. She was the first certified clinical nurse specialist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the cardiovascular and in the adult transplant program. She has served as president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses’ Society. And is currently serving as president of the Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Education Committee since 2020. She serves on the Michigan Board of Nursing as the clinical nurse specialist representative. And is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing in 2019. Dr. Iseler’s expertise is in the heart and lung transplant, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patient population, transitions of care, and quality and process improvement.

Jennifer Manning

Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Dr. Manning began her nursing career as a critical care nurse in 2000. In 2007, she began her academic career as a critical care faculty. In 2008, she completed her CNS Masters degree program and became a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. In 2015, she accepted the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Programs position at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She currently teaches in the DNP (which include an adult gerontology CNS concentration) and PhD programs. She maintained a part time position at a local Magnet hospital from 2007 to present, and in 2019, she transitioned to the role of nurse researcher. Dr. Manning was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing in 2018 for a four-year appointment. In 2021, she was elected to the board for the National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Lynn Mohr

Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, FCNS
Rush University College of Nursing

Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, FCNS is an Associate Professor/Associate Department Chair, Women, Children, Family Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing and serves as Program Director of the Pediatric and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Programs. She has been a certified pediatric clinical nurse specialist for the past 19 years.

Mitzi Saunders

Mitzi M. Saunders, PhD, APRN, CNS-C
University of Detroit Mercy

Dr. Saunders is a Clinical Nurse Specialist Professor and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan. She actively speaks on issues related to the CNS role, full scope of practice, and legal frameworks affecting CNS practice.

Patricia Tuite

Patricia K. Tuite, PhD, RN, CCNS
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Patricia Tuite is a critical care clinical nurse specialist with 28 years’ experience.  Currently is an Assistant Professor at the University School of Nursing and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist area of concentration.  Dr. Tuite has mentored over 40 CNS students and assisted with their DNP projects since developing the DNP program in 2007. Dr. Tuite maintains a faculty practice at UPMC in addition to her teaching responsibilities.

Phyllis Whitehead

Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, RN-BC
Carilion Clinic

Dr. Phyllis Whitehead is a clinical ethicist and clinical nurse specialist with the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH) Palliative Care Service and Associate Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She initiated the Palliative Medicine and Moral Distress Consult Services at CRMH. She is certified in pain management and as an advanced practice hospice and palliative care nurse. Dr. Whitehead has done numerous presentations on pain and symptom management, opioid induced sedation, moral distress, and patients’ end of life preferences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include moral distress and improving communication with seriously ill patients and has been funded for numerous grants for her research. She is a Board of Director member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, President-Elect of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, President of the Virginia Foundation of Nurses. She was a member of the ANA Moral Resilience Advisory Committee. She is a founding member and Board of Director member of the Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She was selected for Governor Ralph Northam’s Policy Council on Opioid and Substance Abuse this year. In 2020 she was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner Fellow in the National Academy of Practice in Nursing. She is a graduate of Radford University where she earned her BSN and MSN and earned her doctorate degree at Virginia Tech.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor, MHR, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CEN
Bon Secours Mercy Health Mary Immaculate Hospital

Serving on the NACNS Fall Summit State Legislative Panel is my opportunity to help state affiliates realize their potential to align with the APRN consensus model by passing legislation allowing CNSs to work to their fullest potential and evaluate the impact of the APRN Compact within their own state. Additionally, I can contribute to the learning of states without an affiliate in seeking to build one. NACNS is positioned to impact the goals and future of the state affiliates. I will contribute time, experience, and expertise to the panel to further the growth of the NACNS. This position allows me to remain active in advocacy for CNSs on a broad scale and to participate in organizational events and meetings with key stakeholders that I may not otherwise meet or collaborate with from outside this position. I am endeavored to remain an active member of the NACNS, through legislative/regulatory work and there is much to learn about sustaining the work of the NACNS

Marcia Cornell

Marcia S. Cornell, DNP, MSN, APRN-CNS, RN, ACNS-BC, NPD-BC, CEN, TCRN
UH Geauga Medical Center

Marcia Cornell is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Critical Care, Emergency and Trauma Services at a UH Geauga Medical Center in Chardon, Ohio. UH Geauga is part of the 12 hospital system of which University Hospitals of Cleveland is the main campus. She received her BSN in 2000 and MSN in 2010, both from Kent State University College of Nursing. She is ANCC board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for 10+ years specializing in Emergency / Trauma care with 20 + years of nursing experience focusing in emergency / trauma, critical care and staff development. She is also ANCC board certified in Nursing Professional Development. Through the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, she holds certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse. Throughout her thirty plus years in emergency / trauma care as an EMT/ Paramedic, RN, Staff Development Instructor and Clinical Nurse Specialist she has maintained an ongoing commitment to the provision of quality patient care, nursing professional development and system optimization.

Demetrius Porche

Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, PCC, APRN, ACHE, ANEF, FAANP, FAAN
Louisiana State University Medical Center

Dr. Demetrius J. Porche is a registered nurse and advanced practice registered nurse. Dr. Porches nursing degrees listed are his BSN in 1987 from Nichols State University, his MN in 1989 from LSUMC (Louisiana State University Medical Center), his DNS in 1995 from LSUMC, and his PhD from Capella University School of Business in 2009 for Organization and Management. He is certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), community public health nurse, and professional certified coach (PCC ). His clinical experience includes critical care nursing, home health, hospice care, primary care, infection control and infectious diseases. He is familiar with clinical practice guidelines, regulation, and accreditation to maintain appropriate standards of care. He served 8 years on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 6 years on the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational programs and served on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation and Report Review Comm.. Dr. Porches fellowships include (ANEF) NLN Academy of Nursing Education, (FACHE) American College of Healthcare Executives, (FAANP) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and (FAAN) American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Porche was appointed in January of 2021 to the AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) Board of Directors. Dr. Porche chairs the Louisiana Health Works Commission.

Danny Lee

Danny Lee, PhD, APRN-BC, CNE
Southeastern Louisiana University

O. Danny Lee has over 25 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings and a range of positions from staff to mid-level leadership positions. Has worked in Nursing Academia for 20 years. Associate Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University since 2011. An APRN / CNS and serves as a volunteer for multiple committees with NACNS. Has served in leadership positions for the Rho Zeta Chapter for the Sigma Thea Tau International Honor Society for Nursing for the past 7 years. Has served in a number of positions on Board of Directors for the American Association for Men in Nursing. Served 7 years on the Foundation Board for the American Association for Men in Nursing. Volunteer for the Men’s Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Teaches policy at the undergraduate, masters and DNP levels. Have served on a number of DNP and PhD Committees many focusing on policy analysis and advocacy. Assisted in the development of a data-driven model to facilitate the policy analysis, which can be used for healthcare policy analysis.

Amy Shay

Amy Shay, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FCNS
Indiana University

Amy Shay is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Coordinator at Indiana University. She received her PhD in nursing, with a minor in Rehabilitation Science, from Indiana University in 2017. Amy is a Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in critical care who has lectured internationally on clinical topics. Amy’s work in ventilator associated pneumonia prevention received the Blue-Ribbon Research Abstract Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Her work in early mobility was recognized by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Amy consults with the Warfighter Medical Optimization research team of the US Air Force for en route care of wounded and is the civilian CNS subject matter expert for a military critical care moral distress study. She is lead editor of the NACNS sponsored Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification Review book. Amy is an American Association of Critical Care Nurses CCRN Alumnus and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Fellow.

Agenda

Presented virtually. All times are Central (CT).

Tuesday, October 5, 2021: Day One: Policy Day

9:00 AM

10:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Keynote: The Future of Nursing for the CNS
Jan Powers, Susan B. Hassmiller

10:30 AM

10:55 AM

The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Experience
Rick Bassett

11:00 AM

11:25 AM

Mobilizing Legislative Efforts
Mitzi M. Saunders

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

State Legislative Panel
Sarah Taylor, Danny Lee, Demetrius James Porche, Susan Dresser, Marcia Cornell

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

2:45 PM

Capitalizing on your Capital: From Bedside to Boardroom
Rebecca M. Patton, Ruth Ludwick

3:00 PM

4:45 PM

AAAA: APRN Advocacy Always in Action
Sean DeGarmo, Lisa Stand

5:00 PM

6:00 PM

Networking

Wednesday, October 6, 2021: Day Two: Education Day

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

AACN Essentials for Nursing Education
Susan Swider

10:15 AM

11:45 AM

The Intersection of the Essentials with the Three Spheres of Impact
Phyllis Whitehead, Jennifer Manning, Patricia K. Tuite

11:45 AM

12:15 PM

Lunch Break

12:15 PM

1:15 PM

Program Director Roundtable | Clinical Competencies
Jackeline Iseler, Amy Shay

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

Issues With a Distance Accessible CNS Program
Susan Dresser, Lynn Mohr

2:45 PM

3:45 PM

Your CNS Voice is Needed: Become a Fellow in a National Academy
Janet S. Fulton, Kathy A. Baker

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Preparing a System for Regulatory Change: CNS Credentialing & Privileging and Closing Remarks
Kimberly W. Elgin, Susan Dresser, Jan Powers

Agenda is subject to change. 

Session Details

KEYNOTE: The Future of Nursing for the Clinical Nurse Specialist

Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN

The National Academy of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, challenges nursing leaders and other stakeholders both within and outside of health care to prioritize addressing the structural inequities that have fueled persistent health disparities. The report lays out a series of recommendations to help our nation meet the need for a stronger, more diversified nursing workforce that is prepared to provide care and promote health and well-being among nurses, individuals, and communities. Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller, who served as the senior scholar in residence and adviser to the president on nursing at the National Academy of Medicine, will describe the report’s key takeaways and discuss how clinical nurse specialists can help to advance health equity.

Learning objectives: Identify key takeaways from the new National Academy of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing 2020:2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity; Explain why it is necessary to adequately acknowledge, confront, and dismantle all systems of structural racism – including within nursing – to advance health equity; Describe two actions that clinical nurses specialists and leaders within their organizations and communities can take to advance the report recommendations.

 

Capitalizing on your Capital: From Bedside to Boardroom

Rebecca M. Patton DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN and Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, FAAN

CNSs have tremendous expertise and talent that should not be underestimated.  Individual advocacy power can expand the profession’s collective influence on healthcare policy. Across practice settings, CNSs can impact broader changes to advance issues in policy at the micro and macro level.  This session provides a systematic strategy to assess advocacy competencies that advance nursing’s agendas, improve health, and fulfill the profession’s contract with society. Will you answer the call to action?

Learning Objectives: Discuss the imperatives for CNS involvement in policy; Describe self-assessment of policy attitudes, experiences & skills; Identify action steps for self-development

 

AAAA: APRN Advocacy Always in Action

Sean DeGarmo, PhD, RN, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC and Lisa Stand, JD

Speakers from the American Nurses Association will explore key policies every CNS should know to thrive in practice. The interactive workshop will enable participants to identify opportunities to advocate for public policies that support advanced practice, with an emphasis on Medicare and other federal initiatives. The program will also introduce ANA  programs promoting advanced practice, and suggest ways for the CNS community to partner in moving advanced practice forward in policy spaces.

Learning Objectives: Gain a basic understanding of key federal policies and implications for advanced practice; Understand implications of new federal compliance programs and standards; Identify methods and tools to influence federal payment policies.

 

AACN Essentials for Nursing Education

Susan Swider, PhD, PHNA-BC, FAAN

This session will provide an overview of the newly revised AACN Essentials for Nursing Education, highlighting new content and competencies, and their relevance to nursing education and practice.

Learning Objectives: Describe the AACN Essentials for Nursing Education; Identify the implications of competency-based education for nursing; Describe the resources available to faculty to assist with curricular revisions based on the AACN Essentials.

 

The Intersection of the Essentials with the Three Spheres of Impact

Panel Discussion with Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, RN-BC, Jennifer Manning DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE and Patricia K. Tuite, PhD, RN, CCNS

During this session attendees will explore the new CCNE essentials and how they intersect with the three spheres of impact.

Learning Objectives: Describe the new essentials; Assess how the three spheres of impact intersect with the essentials; Formulate ideas on how the new essentials will impact CNS education programs.

 

Issues With a Distance Accessible CNS Program

Susan Dresser PhD, APRN-CNS, FCNS and Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, FCNS

In the past decade there has been tremendous growth in the number of online, distance accessible programs in nursing. This session will provide an overview of some of the challenges associated with offering an online, distance accessible, CNS program. Topics will include administrative burden, state licensing and residency requirements for faculty, arranging clinical sites, selecting and working with preceptors, obtaining clinical facility contracts, and clinical site visits,

Learning Objectives: Define the term “distance program”; Discuss the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) approach to distance education; Explore practices to meet clinical experience requirements for CNS students in distance programs

 

Clinical Competencies

Program Director Roundtable including Jackeline Iseler, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE and Amy Shay, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FCNS

Learning Objectives: Discuss strengths and challenges of a variety of clinical competency evaluation methods; Discuss options for using simulation to evaluate clinical competency for traditional and online CNS programs; Discuss solutions for CNS competencies for which clinical experience exposure is rare.

 

Preparing a System for Regulatory Change: CNS Credentialing & Privileging

Kimberly W. Elgin, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN and Susan Dresser PhD, APRN-CNS, FCNS

As the concept of “medical staff” has expanded to non-physician practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists face important learning opportunities. For the CNS, credentialing and granting of clinical privileges serve as formal organizational recognition of his or her status as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The process aligns structural professional status on par with that of physician colleagues, promotes accountability for full scope of practice, and enforces professional standards of practice. Credentialing and privileging are distinct yet intertwined formal processes. Credentialing provides confirmation that a health care provider holds sufficient qualifications, licensure, training, and competencies to practice at a nationally defined standard of care. Privileging authorizes a provider to perform specific procedures or professional services that the organization deems the provider is qualified to perform. Importantly, the process assures the public of safe clinical practice by highly qualified providers. This presentation will describe the journey of clinical nurse specialists in one state as they achieved legislative recognition as APRNs and then embarked on the process for obtaining hospital credentials and clinical privileges

Learning Objectives: Describe how laws, regulations, and agency policies affect whether or not a clinical nurse specialist is able to practice in a specific setting and under what conditions; Describe the purpose and process for obtaining institutional credentials and privileges; Examine issues surrounding credentialing and privileging of the APRN-CNS

 

Your CNS Voice is Needed:  Become a Fellow in a National Academy 

Janet S. Fulton PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FCNS, FAAN and Kathy A. Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FCNS FAAN

Individual NACNS members can be powerful voice for CNSs by participating in influential forums.  National academies and institutes are influential forums; membership is by invitation only and requires an application process.  This session will provide participants with information about applying for fellowship (membership) in two influential forums – American Academy of Nursing and the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute.  Discussion will include an overview of readiness for application, the application process, and strategies for success.

Learning Objectives: Describe the importance of CNSs participating in influential, national forums as a Fellow in academies and institutes; Discuss the mission and goals of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the Fellowship application requirements and process; Discuss the mission and goals of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) and the Fellowship application requirements and process.

 

Mobilizing Legislative Efforts

Mitzi M. Saunders, PhD, APRN, CNS-C

This program will address the CNSs fit in the policy process and assist every CNS to establish policy priorities and strategies to moving policy forward on both individual and organizational levels. Overall, unleashing your advocacy prowess.

Learning objectives: Examine your fit in legislative and regulatory action; Feel mobilized to act; Strategize at individual and organizational level

 

State Legislative Panel

Sarah Taylor, MHR, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, Danny Lee, PhD, APRN-BC, CNE, Demetrius James Porche, DNS, PhD, PCC, APRN, ACHE, ANEF, FAANP, FAAN, Susan Dresser, Susan Dresser PhD, APRN-CNS, FCNS and Marcia Cornell, DNP, MSN, APRN-CNS, RN, ACNS-BC, NPD-BC, CEN, TCRN

Learning Objectives: Discuss at least three strategies to promote legislative action for advanced practice nursing; Analyze the political climate for advanced practice nursing legislation; Identify essential advanced practice legislative agenda to achieve Nursing 2030.