As we ring in the new year, NACNS is taking stock of our 2017 successes and accomplishments!
Here’s our 2017 Top 10:
- Hosted nearly 600 clinical nurse specialists from around the country at our 2017 annual conference in Atlanta, Ga and dozens of CNSs earlier this summer at the Educator’s Forum and CNS Summit.
- Published and promoted the second CNS Census, finding three in four CNSs specialize in adult health or gerontology, most work in acute care hospitals and more than half have nursing clinical-related responsibility for an entire health system.
- The NACNS Task Force for the Revision of the NACNS Statement on Education and Practice developed and released for public comment the draft CNS Core Competencies.
- Hosted a monthly webinar series focused on providing clinical nurse specialists opportunities to earn CE and learn about innovative practice strategies targeted specifically for CNSs.
- The NACNS Practice Committee created the Cost Analysis Toolkit, a resource to help CNSs employ key business and cost analysis tools to better describe and quantify CNS contributions to health care.
- Released reports based off the work of the Chronic Conditions Task Force and the Malnutrition Task Force. Both reports found that CNSs have key roles to play in managing patients with chronic conditions and impacting malnutrition in hospitalized adult patients.
- Released an update of the Legislative and Regulatory Toolkit, the work of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee.
- Joined the American Nurses Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) so that CNSs can better address emerging threats and follow infection control procedures to protect patients and nurses working at the bedside.
- Issued nearly 30 public statementson policy issues important to CNSs, including health care reform, the nursing workforce, health information technology and more.
- Created a charitable arm of NACNS, the CNS Institute, to develop and promote education, innovations in clinical practice, and scientific research that will advance the clinical nurse specialist role and improve patient care.
Thank you for your invaluable support this year! NACNS is determined to continue our efforts to ensure that the role CNSs play in acute, chronic and primary care is respected, valued and accurately represented in health care.
We’re determined to make 2018 our best year yet! We’ll kick off the year by welcoming hundreds of clinical nurse specialists to Austin, Texas on February 28 for our annual conference next month!