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  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Marilyn Cartucci, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCTC of Euclid, OH died on Sunday, July 4th, 2021. You may find her obituary here:

  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    The Future of Nursing 2020-2030
    4-Part Webinar Series

    Register Today!

    June 29, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    July 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    August 4, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET 

    August 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

    The NAM presents a 4-part webinar series that will explore the blueprint for the next decade of nursing as outlined in the consensus report titled Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, released in May 2021. The series will expand on addressing the roots of racial inequity and strategies nurses can employ to improve health outcomes, lifting barriers to expand nurses’ scope of practice, addressing nurses’ well-being, and diversifying the nursing workforces to address health equity. Register for each webinar discussion below.

    Attendees of the discussion series will gain insight into the following learning objectives across the series:

    • The roots of health inequities, the social determinants of health, and strategies for the nursing profession to improve health outcomes
    • Scope of practice barriers that impact nurses’ ability to address social determinants of health and work toward achieving health equity
    • How payment models and mechanisms can be designed to support the nursing workforce in addressing social needs and social determinants of health
    • How the nursing workforce can be strengthened and diversified through education, preparedness, and leadership

    Webinar 1: An Overview of Nursing’s Role in Addressing Health Equity
    June 29, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET 

    Webinar 2: Lifting Practice Barriers and Designing Better Payment Models to Expand the Contributions of Nurses
    July 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM –
     2:30 PM ET


    Webinar 3: Fully Supporting Nurses’ Well-Being to Advance Health Equity 
    August 4, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET

    Webinar 4: Diversifying the Nursing Workforce to Advance Health Equity 
    August 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET


    The National League for Nursing will provide CEUs for this webinar series pending the completion of a short quiz that will be shared after each event. 





    Webinar 1: Nurse’s role in addressing health equity


    Webinar 2: Lifting barriers to expand the contributions of all nurses


    Webinar 3 : Addressing nurses’ well-being


    Webinar 4: Diversifying the nursing workforce to advance health equity

    Questions? Contact us at


    Join the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Listserv


  • Friday, June 11, 2021 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Please review and respond as you see fit to the call for opposing testimony to Ohio HB 248 by June 11th 2021. HB 248 is seeking to alter state vaccination laws.

    According to correspondence from the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics House Bill 248, “co-sponsored by 16 House Republicans, would prohibit any of the following institutions from mandating, incentivizing, or “otherwise requesting” their employees, customers or students get vaccinated: businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, day-care centers, and insurers.

    [the bill] also:

    ·         Prohibits a person from mandating, requiring, or otherwise requesting that an individual receive a vaccine.

    ·         Compels public schools, which already accept exemptions for non-medical and medical reasons, to emphasize vaccine exemptions “in the same timing and manner, including text size and font, as it provides notice of the requirements.”

    ·         Blocks businesses from separating patrons by vaccination status or asking whether they’ve been vaccinated.”

    What you can do if interested in opposing this HB:

    1.       Fill out the “Witness Slip’”

    a.       Read the bullet points before filling out form

    b.      Save it to your computer

    2.      Write up a short synopsis on why you oppose and save it to your computer

    3.       Send it to both and copy by COB this Friday

  • Wednesday, June 09, 2021 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference

    Envisioning advanced practice nursing beyond 2020: Wider reach, better impact.

    August 29 - September 1, 2021 VIRTUAL

    "The Conference is the largest international meetings on advanced practice nursing and brings together more than 1,000 attendees from around the world. In partnership with the International Council of Nurses and the Canadian Nurses Association, this virtual conference promises to be a unique and exciting event under the theme Envisioning Advanced Practice Nursing Beyond 2020: Wider Reach, Bigger Impact. Delegates can actively participate and network in the virtual conference. This interactive meeting will provide a great variety of content including plenaries, panels, concurrent sessions, clinical workshops, e-poster displays, symposia and discussion round tables. The designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic have shone a spotlight on the nursing profession. The World Health Organization has now designated 2021 as the International Year of the Health and Care Worker, a further opportunity for the nursing profession to be recognized for their invaluable work. The conference theme was deeply inspired by Florence Nightingale, who by today’s standards would have been the world’s very first advanced practice nurse. It challenges us to look forward and to set the foundation for developing and expanding the reach and impact of the next generation of nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses around the globe."

    Please note that the early bird registration deadline has been extended to 30 June and a 10% discount on registration fees is available to groups of 5 or more.

    Please got to for more information.

    See the brochure here: NPAPN-Info-Brochure-3.pdf

  • Monday, May 31, 2021 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    CNS Impact

    Read the except from a recent email newsletter from NACNS!

    Clinical Nurse Specialist Marcia S. Cornell explains what the word "impact" means in relation to her role as a CNS in the form of artwork. She was kind enough to let NACNS put this design on a few items in our store to share with you all! 

    Read more about the story behind Marcia's design:

    From the beginning of my career as a CNS, it had been ingrained in me that as a CNS, we work within the three spheres of influence: that we influence outcomes of quality patient care, nursing practice and system process improvement through the work that we do. At the 2018 NACNS Conference, there was much discussion about revising the CNS competencies, particularly about the word influence vs. impact. I started sketching out what the word impact means in relation to my role as a CNS. I felt it was essential to have a visual word picture to embrace the concept of impact over influence. This was the design I came up with and shared with my CNS colleagues in the form of a framed picture at the 2018 NEOCNS fall program. We wanted to highlight the change from influence to impact and provide a visual reminder to ourselves and others about the impact we have on patients, nursing practice, clinical outcomes and health systems.

    By having this as a picture in your workspace, may it generate conversation regarding your CNS Impact and assist you in advocating for the role of a CNS.

    Thank you for all of your impact and advocacy.
    ~ Marcia S. Cornell MSN, APRN-CNS, RN, ACNS-BC, NPD-BC, CEN, TCRN

    See the artwork here: 

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:23 PM | Anonymous

    Here is an excerpt highlighting Mary Beth Modic and Joyce Fitzpatrick's book: Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary nurses!

    "A new book sheds light on 50 innovative nurses who had a significant impact on health science and nursing practice. Written by two nurses and Case Western Reserve University alumni, Mary Beth Modic and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary Nurses shares the stories of 50 historical women and men in nursing from the 16th Century to the modern era.

    The nurses profiled in this book changed society; they saved the lives of soldiers on the battlefield, fought for racial and social justice and revolutionized the way health care is delivered today. Modic and Fitzpatrick’s book invites readers to learn about the obstacles many overcame to become a nurse and the legacy they each left on the profession of nursing and the health of the world."


  • Monday, March 29, 2021 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    Please review the updated NEOCNS charter draft document.

    Feedback is due by April 30th 2021.

    Comments and feedback may be sent to, subject line "NEOCNS Charter feedback".


  • Monday, March 22, 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    NEOCNS member co-authors a children's book about nurses!

    Co-authors Mary Beth Modic and Joyce J. Clifford will speak about their book, Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary Nurse on May 12 from 7-8:00pm

    Cuyahoga County Public Library sponsored event entitled "Beyond the Book Jacket". 

    Registration for the event is free and may be accessed at:

    Here is more information about the book:

    there are very few children’s books dedicated to the contributions of nurses. Mary Beth Modic, DNP,APRN-CNS, CDCES, FAAN,  a CNS at Cleveland Clinic and  a NACNS Board Member and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University have remedied that! They have  co-authored a book for middle schoolers about nurses.  Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary Nurses chronicles the lives of fifty nurses and the obstacles they encountered while trying to become a nurse and the significant imprint each left on the world. It highlights the variety of places where nurses work besides a hospital.

    The nurses profiled in the book are diverse. They include nurses who are well known including Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Lillian Wald and Mother Teresa to less known but no less significant individuals such as Rufaida Al-Aslamia, Maude Callen, Luther Christman, Kious Kelly, Capt. Jennifer Moreno and Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail. When children open the book, they may see a person who looks like them. Each story is accompanied by a watercolor illustration of the nurse.

    The nurses fought for better care of the sick and better healthcare for all. They transformed the way nurses were educated. They campaigned for racial, gender and social justice. Their work collectively saved the lives of millions.  The authors hope that their book will encourage children to consider nursing as a  career worthy of their intellect and talents and inspire them to learn more about each of the remarkable nurses showcased in the book.

  • Monday, March 08, 2021 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    For those who are certified through AACN, see this pertinent message below.

    Dear Valued CNS,

    In the next 2 weeks, you will receive a link to the 2021 Clinical Nurse Specialist Study of Practice Survey.

    Results of the survey will be used to inform changes to the Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric and Neonatal CNS Certification Exams and provide important information about how AACN can best support your practice and the role of the CNS.

    Although it’s a busy time, your participation in this survey is vital. The survey should take only 20-30 minutes to complete, and those who participate will be entered into drawings for Visa gift cards and an NTI Conference Registration.

    Please watch for the survey email, which will be coming from this address:

    Thank you in advance for your participation and for all you do as a CNS!

    Best regards,

    AACN Certification Corporation

    American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    27071 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

    800-899-2226 AACN Customer Care

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    We lost a member of the greater Cleveland nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialist community last week. Barb Halliday passed away on February 15th. She retired a little over two years ago from MetroHealth and worked many years at Fairview. Her husband passed away last year. Her obituary is listed below. Please take a moment to read this entry below for a small hint of the incredible impact she made on the nursing community.

    Barb always knew she wanted to be a nurse. This was a great surprise to her father, who thought she should be a secretary and then get married. Barb’s mother suggested she be a candy striper to “cure” her from wanting to do the hard work of being a nurse, but it backfired and being a candy striper only strengthened Barbs conviction and passion for her calling into nursing!

    She did not seek the limelight but did not shrink from speaking in support of patient care considerations or from continuously seeking opportunities to improve the care of the patient population she serves.  Although we know Barb for her expertise in care of cardiovascular conditions, Barb’s past includes experience in the PACU, Vascular Surgery, CCU, more than 40 years in Cardiology as a Manager, Director of Nursing, Instructor and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  In her spare time and outside of Metro she shared her knowledge with numerous students at Ursuline College, Ashland University and many more.

    She built on the knowledge and skill of nursing staff, students seeking their Masters in Nursing and health team members to ensure CHF patients are prepared for self-care. Students, staff and colleagues recognized her depth of caring and her ability to relate to the concerns and needs of others. Barb was an advocate for nursing and we are proud that she represents professional nursing at MetroHealth. She carried herself in the most professional light and was an excellent role model in nursing. She was often called upon to help colleagues deal with managing difficult situations.  She saw the patient as a human being and provided holistic patient care to all patients.  She exuded the utmost respect to individual patient care needs and the needs of the family.

    Barb was passionate about nursing. She demonstrated the greatest dedication in developing nurses through the stages of novice to expert through both her academic and CNS roles. She engaged with every student as if they were her only one. Shortly after her retirement she reached the pinnacle of her career by earning her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Ursuline College. So many have been touched by her more than 50 years in the profession and for that we are all grateful.


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