• Monday, June 27, 2016 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    From the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

    At the June 2016 Board call the NACNS Board of Directors officially approved the formation of an Opioid Task Force.  Given the growing national attention on the opioid abuse crisis, the Board decided it was critical that NACNS establish an opioid task force with the goal to identify resources that the CNS needs in order to address appropriate opioid use in their patient populations.  The White House has announced this as an epidemic, and NACNS has been working with federal agencies to address this critical national concern.

    The statistics are impressive, nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers. The unprecedented rise in overdose deaths in the US parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of these medications. These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined. In addition, the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers was responsible for more than 475,000 emergency department visits in 2009, a number that nearly doubled in just five years.  More than 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers non-medically in 2010, that is, using them without a prescription or for the feeling they cause.


    Who will be selected for this task force?  NACNS Board of Directors determined initially the task force needed to follow the national focus, which addresses patient populations that do not have a long-term health care condition that requires this level of pain relief.  Therefore, for this initial task force CNSs that have expertise in opioid use and management in oncology and hospice/palliative care will not be included in the solicitation for volunteer members.  The NACNS Board of Directors will review this decision in the future.  No more than 10 NACNS volunteers will be selected for this Task Force.


    Individuals who will be considered for this volunteer opportunity should be:

    • ·         Members of NACNS in good standing.
    • ·         Not currently part of another NACNS committee, task force and/or elected office.
    • ·         Have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following:  Mental health/substance abuse; pain management; primary care; medical surgical management of patients with episodic pain; acute care management of episodic pain; emergency department expertise. 
    • ·         Those with oncology and hospice/palliative care are welcome to apply, but should know that their selection will be based on their expertise in episodic pain management and/or their specific knowledge of opioids and opioid use/abuse, not the use of opioids for the management of oncology or hospice/palliative care patients.

    Directions to Apply:

    Interested NACNS members may only apply online at .  Your application should include:

    • ·         A copy of your recent resume or CV. 
    • ·         A short paragraph – no more than 200 words, that describes your interest and why you are a good fit for this Task Force
    • ·         This information should be received on or before July 22, 2016.


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  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 9:41 AM | Anonymous



    Ohio Sub House Bill 216, version 9, passed out of the House Health and Aging Committee unanimously and passed out of the House on a vote of 86 to 1.

    It has been three years since Ohio APRNs joined together to eliminate the barriers that impact our ability to practice based on our education, training and certification. This coalition of multiple nursing and APRN organizations made remarkable progress in the conception, strategy and implementation of plans to retire many legislative restrictions on practice and, thereby, improve access to care for the patients we serve.

    When H.B. 216 was initially drafted, it included reforms that would help us better serve our diverse populations. From the onset, we knew we would not receive every provision that was included in the bill. What we hoped most to achieve was the retirement of the standard care arrangement and the formulary, and the requirement for CRNAs to be supervised. As we expected, opposition was strong and these goals, unfortunately, were not fulfilled. However, H.B. 216 has 17 provisions that will improve APRN practice! The bill includes the retirement of the externship to prescribe, an exclusionary formulary, a CPG with parity for nursing, and a buffer period of 120 days if a collaborating physician resigns. For a full list of provisions in H.B. 216, please click HERE.

    Click HERE to view a video message about our progress by OAAPN President Terri Miller.

    The legislators are leaving the Statehouse for summer recess and the election season. This is the time to visit your legislators, especially your State Senators, to educate them about your practice and the positive impact H.B. 216 will have on your practice and the health care of Ohioans. To that end, please offer to host or attend a Town Hall Meeting with your Senator in August, September and October. These will be key as H.B. 216 will be heard in the Senate and needs to pass during the last few legislative weeks of the year, which begin mid-November. Additionally, please take a moment to call your State Representative and thank them for supporting H.B. 216.

    Follow our social media and our website for more updates and information. OAAPN is developing an educational piece about the legislative process and how it impacted H.B. 216.

    We have reason to celebrate as we crossed a major hurdle today! Keep the faith! We may falter, but we will not stop. Together, we will get this DONE!

    Thank you very much to OAAPN for providing this news update!

  • Thursday, March 03, 2016 9:54 PM | Anonymous

  • Monday, February 29, 2016 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    This information comes from the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses. Please see their website for updates on the bills. 

    House Bill 216 now has a companion!  Senate Bill 279 mirrors Version 3 of HB 216.  SB 279 was introduced on February 10thand assigned to the Senate Medicaid Committee on February 23rd.  Senator Dave Burke is the chair of the Medicaid Committee and here is aLINKfor a list of Senators on his Committee.  To find out if your Senator is part of the committee please see item 3 below.

    What can you do?

    1.  Look for future emails announcing Sponsor and Proponent Testimony  

    2.  Attend a Town Hall Meeting to show your support and learn about updates to the legislation.  Find dates and locations on theOAAPN website calendar

    3.  Find your legislator at

    4.  Call your State Senator to ask them to support SB 279

    5.  Call your State Representative to ask them to support HB 216

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    University Hospitals Advanced Practice Conference on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Corporate College 4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights.

     Conference Brochure and Registration Form Below

    Topics and Breakout Sessions include:

    Health Care Market Changes 2016                                   Thomas Zenty, III  CEO

    Non-pharmacologic interventions for Dementia                 
    Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH

    Update on House Bill 216                                                  
    Kathy Thompson, CNP

    Breast Cancer: Update on Treatment                                
    Marla Sustin, 

    Heroin Epidemic                                                             
    Nicole Klonaris, CNP

    Breaking Bad News:  A Double Edged Sword                    
    Hilary Applequist, CNP

    Challenges in Ethics Consultations                                   
    Mark Aulisio, PhD

    Sepsis:  Early Recognition and Therapies                      
        Hiloni Bhavsar, MD

    Determining Capacity for Decision Making                        
    Jeanne Lackamp, MD

    Case Studies in Trauma: Injury to Recovery                  
        Vanessa Ho, MD, MPH

    Update on Direct Oral Anticoagulation Therapies               
    Teresa Carman, MD

    Update on Diabetes                                                          Laure Sayyed-Kassem, MD

    Anticipated 7.0 contact hours with up to 5.0 APN Pharmacology credits if chosen.

    Registration and brochure here

  • Friday, February 19, 2016 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    Attendees at the Winter Program: Speed Book Sharing donated 59 books to the Cleveland Public Library's Little Free Library. 

  • Monday, January 04, 2016 5:19 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses is holding a Town Hall meeting to discuss House Bill 216, what it means to you, your practice, profession, patients, and healthcare costs. The meeting is Monday January 11th from 6p-7:30p at Metrohealth Medical Center & Free parking is available directly in front of the Towers building. Registration is not required.

    We hope to see many CNSs in attendance!

    Flyer: OAPPN HB 216 Meeting.pdf

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    On December 1, 2015, NACNS announced our most recent survey of state law and regulations.  This information was released to the general media and highlighted at the December 1 APRN Consensus Model meeting 10-year anniversary meeting.  The details, including the maps referenced in the press release are posted on the NACNS website –

     Also, NACNS is pleased to announce the availability of the newly revised CNS brochure.  This brochure is available for free on the NACNS website (  until March 2016.  At this time it will be moved to the NACNS members-only section of the website.  Please note, this brochure is copyright protected.  You may download the PDF for your personal use.  Download Brochure

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    Philadelphia, PA 19103

  • Monday, November 30, 2015 9:08 AM | Anonymous

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  • Friday, November 20, 2015 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    NEOCNS Member, Dr. Nancy Albert, is the editor of a newly published nursing research book. The book entitled, Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program, has been published by Springer Publishing Company.  The book demonstrates, step-by-step, how leaders and staff can integrate nursing research into the workflow of complex health care environments. It provides a framework for developing horizontal and vertical structures that promote the creation of new knowledge and for enhancing the scientific foundation of nursing evidence. With a focus on practical applications, the book addresses the structures, systems, processes, and resources required for creating and maintaining a research program along with methods for its evaluation.

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