2022 Annual Conference

NACNS Rise 2022 Annual Conference


In Person Benefits and Virtual Benefits

This March, join colleagues for the NACNS 2022 Annual Conference, the only national conference dedicated to the clinical nurse specialist.

The NACNS 2022 Annual Conference takes place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel March 14-17, 2022. The conference will have a hybrid component, meaning there will be certain conference content available online in addition to in person.

We’re thrilled to introduce our Opening Keynote Speaker Andrew Miller, MA, and our Closing Keynote Speakers Deborah Klein, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, FAHA, FAAN and Mary J. Zellinger, APRN, MN, ANP-BC, CCRN-CSC, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN.

We are also pleased to announce our Pharmacology Workshops:

Iron Deficiency Anemia: Ironing Out the Details in Special Populations with Dannielle R. Brown, PharmD, BCPS

Diagnosis and Pharmacotherapy of Depression with Seferina Kim, PharmD, BCPS and Megan Tomas, PharmD

Pearls for Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs with Mary Banoub, PharmD, BCIDP

We will offer a multitude of opportunities to engage with CNSs and other nursing leaders from around the nation. Our exhibit hall will allow you to explore new opportunities and relationships with universities, health care systems and technology vendors, publishers, and more.

Our agenda will provide a variety of high-quality, CNS-specific sessions and hands-on clinical skills-building workshops rich in Continuing Education credits.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn and network with colleagues while celebrating the RISE of the CNS!




We know it is a tough time for CNSs so we are giving you extra time for early bird rates AND keeping registration rates for the in-person conference the same as they were in 2018, 2019 and 2020! The Early Bird Discount will expire Monday, February 14, 2022.

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller, MA Denver Health’s LGBTQ Center of Excellence

Andrew Miller (he/him/his) provides training, consultation, and capacity-building assistance through the Denver Health’s LGBTQ Center of Excellence. Specializing in Transgender and Gender Expansive affirming care, Andrew provides trainings spanning across medical systems, public health departments, academic settings, and community-based non-profit programming. After graduating with a Master’s in Multicultural Clinical Counseling in 2019, Andrew combined his over ten years of national training experience with his passion for creating accessible, affirming clinical settings, and has focused his work towards medical and public health settings.

Deborah Klein


Deborah Klein recently retired as the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Cardiac ICU, Heart Failure ICU, and Cardiac Short Stay/PACU/CARU at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where she also served as Vice-Chair for the Ethics Committee.  Her interests include end-of-life care, targeted temperature management, and cardiac assist devices. She has more than 44 years’ experience as a nurse and 39 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She received her BSN and MSN from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ms. Klein is active both locally and nationally in professional organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, where she has served on the Board of Directors and on the Certification Corporation Board of Directors. She has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally including serving as Co-Director, Annual Primary Care Update for Nurses (International), US Department of State. Ms. Klein has served on editorial boards of several critical care nursing journals and has published extensively on critical care topics and CNS practice in peer-reviewed journals. She is second editor of the past five editions of the book Introduction to Critical Care Nursing which was the recipient of an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Ms. Klein has received several honors throughout her career including induction as a Fellow in the American Heart Association and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received the Cleveland Clinic Health System Carolyn Nieman APRN Excellence Award, American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, the Cleveland Clinic Zielony Nursing Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Circle of Excellence Award, and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association Case Western Reserve University Award for Excellence.

Mary Zellinger

Mary J. Zellinger, APRN, MN, ANP-BC, CCRN-CSC, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN Emory University

Mary Zellinger is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services at Emory University Hospital, and a collaborative faculty member of the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her BSN from Duke University, her MN in Adult Health/Critical Care and her Post Masters Nurse Practitioner degrees from Emory University.  Ms. Zellinger has presented at numerous conferences on a national level including the AACN NTI’s, the Scientific Sessions at the AHA, the Society of Thoracic Surgery annual conferences, and the American Cardiology Conferences.  In addition to book chapters, she has published in numerous journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Issues in Critical Care Nursing, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and AJN.  She is a Fellow in the Society of Critical Medicine, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She received the Emory Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award and has been honored as ‘Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year’, and AACN’s National Mentor. She has served on the National AACN Advanced Practice Task Force, the AACN NTI Work Group, and as an item writer for the national AACN Cardiovascular Surgery Critical Care Exam.  Ms. Zellinger is a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of AACN and served on the National Board of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, on the Certification Board of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Foundation for the Advancement of Cardiovascular Critical Care. She currently serves on the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery Advisory Board, the Society of Thoracic Surgery Multidisciplinary Education Committee, the American College of Chest Physicians Education Committee, and the board of the Atlanta AACN Chapter.

Pharmacology Workshop Leads

Dannielle Brown

Dannielle R. Brown, PharmD, BCPS Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dannielle is a clinical pharmacy specialist in Internal Medicine, serving one of the four large academic medicine teams at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After graduating with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Hampton University School of Pharmacy in 2015, she completed both a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC prior to taking her current role at The Johns Hopkins Hospital about four and a half years ago. She holds board certification in Pharmacotherapy, and serves as an educator of pharmacy students, post-graduate year (PGY) 1 pharmacy residents, PGY2 pharmacy residents in Pharmacotherapy, as well as medical students and residents. Hematology has always been an interest area of hers and, more recently, she has been involved in analyzing new literature regarding iron repletion in iron deficiency – a topic that she has presented in several settings to interdisciplinary providers. Currently, she is a primary investigator in two ongoing studies at Johns Hopkins looking at current practices surrounding iron repletion in special populations, heart failure and CKD, based on new studies suggesting clinical benefits in these groups…. New studies that will be discussed this evening!

Seferina Kim

Seferina Kim, PharmD, BCPS University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Seferina Kim, PharmD, BCPS is a 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) School of Pharmacy and has worked in a variety of specialties including adult internal medicine, oncology, transitional care, and ambulatory care. She currently is clinical staff for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy with a primary site at the outpatient Medication Therapy Management Clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) where she precepts pharmacy doctoral candidates and pharmacy and medical residents. Dr. Kim also serves on an Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative at UMB and is a member of a variety of committees addressing issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at both institutions.

Megan Tomas

Megan Tomas, PharmD, BCPS University of Maryland Medical Center

Megan Tomas, PharmD is a 2015 graduate of the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy. She is a clinical pharmacist at University of Maryland Medical Center and has experience with treating acute care, critical care, and pediatric patients, as well as a special interest in psychopharmacology. She has presented on topics including antimicrobial therapy in pediatric patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, treatment of sleep disturbances in post-traumatic stress disorder, and has worked as a research assistant at Sheppard Pratt Hospital reviewing articles relating trauma and dissociation.

Mary Banoub

Mary Banoub, PharmD, BCIDP University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Banoub is a clinical specialist in infectious diseases at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). She earned her PharmD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and completed her first year of residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and second year infectious diseases specialty residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health. In her current position, she serves in her hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, on inpatient Infectious Diseases consulting teams, and in an outpatient Infectious Diseases clinic. Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, and antiretroviral therapies.


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Reservations & Travel

NACNS has a discounted room block at the host hotel for the 2022 Annual Conference. The discounted rate is $164 per night, and rooms must be booked by February 18, 2022.

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COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions

Conference attendees must abide by hotel guidelines, local and state laws, and CDC recommendations. Our conference hotel, the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, is also taking additional steps to ensure guest safety. As additional information is provided by the CDC, the Maryland Health Department, and the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, NACNS will adjust and adapt accordingly.

Current guidelines can be found from the pertinent organizations below:

NACNS will implement health-and-safety protocols appropriate to the public health circumstances existing at the time of the conference. Those protocols may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • testing;
  • proof of negative COVID-19 status and/or vaccination and/or antibody status;
  • self-monitoring;
  • biometric screening;
  • symptom checkers;
  • contact tracing;
  • wearing a mask mandate;
  • use of additional personal protective equipment, social distancing, and space management; and/or
  • other similar measures.

Compliance with some or all of the protocols adopted by NACNS may be mandatory for in-person attendance and participation at the Conference. Additional information regarding the specific health and safety measures, and any necessary consents by you, will be communicated to attendees prior to the first day of the Conference.