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  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:00 AM | Anonymous

    NEOCNS Member, Myra Cook, was selected by the  March of Dimes of Ohio as the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. The March of Dimes Ohio Chapter paid tribute to the Nursing Profession at the Third Annual Nurse of the Year Awards on November 14, 2015.. The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed 280 nurse finalist submissions from 85 different Ohio health care facilities across 16 defined categories ranging from Advanced Practice to Surgical Services. Myra is a CNS in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

  • Monday, November 02, 2015 10:33 PM | Anonymous

    22nd Annual Nursing Research Day

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    “Nursing Inquiry: Steering Practice, Education, Research and Policy”

    University Hospitals Portage Medical Center

    6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, Ohio 44266

    Download Announcement here:

  • Monday, November 02, 2015 10:29 AM | Anonymous
    November 2015 Newsletter posted here:

    Newsletter - Thrive

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear NACNS members and affiliates,

     We are excited to announce that NACNS, in collaboration with Indiana University School of Nursing, is developing a member requested continuing education course for supporting CNS preceptors.  This online course  will be available to CNSs interested in becoming CNS student preceptors as well as experienced CNSs looking for new ideas and academic programs seeking options for preparing CNS preceptors. The course is slated to debut in Spring, 2016!

    Here’s how you can help!  The planning team is seeking stories illustrating  “in the field” perspectives – examples providing insight for future preceptors.  Below is a list of suggested topical areas where exemplars/stories are requested.

     If you have a story to share, please click the link below for further information and submission instructions.  There is no monetary compensation for volunteering your story, but we know that CNS preceptors would benefit from hearing about the experiences of others!

     Areas were exemplar stories are needed:

    • Negotiating a clinical experience with a student – Getting started on the right foot!
    • Orienting a student to the unit(s)/agency – Avoiding deer-in-the-headlight
    • Communicating with faculty – Who, what, when where, how.
    • Providing feedback to students – What and how often! 
    • Learning activities –Helping students achieve practice competencies. 
    • Evaluating competency achievement – Beginners, over achievers and everything in-between
    • Debriefing – Why it’s important for the student to know what’s in your head
    • Dealing with challenging situations – If only everything went as planned!
    • Fostering collegiality – Easing students into a larger professional community
    • Precepting as  professional development – Achieving Win-Win!

     Thank you for considering this opportunity for sharing!

     Peggy Barksdale, MSN, RN, OCNS-C, CNS-BC


     Direct Questions to:

    Lisa Wagnes, MSN, RN |Assistant Dean
    Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
    Indiana University School of Nursing
    1111 Middle Drive, NU 223
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    (317) 274-8027 tel
    (317) 274-0012 fax

    Preceptor Course Planning Committee:

    Sharron Coffie, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, Manager, Heart and Vascular Service Line, Froedert Health, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Julie Darmody, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, DNP Program Director, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

    Janet Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Coordinator of CNS Programs, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN

    Jennifer Kitchens, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS Acuity Adaptable, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, 2014 NACNS Preceptor of the Year

    Francesca Levitt, MSN, ACNS-BS, Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN, 2012 NACNS Preceptor of the Year

    Deb Sipes-Fears, MSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN

    Lisa Wagnes, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean, Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    At the October 2 & 3, 2015 meeting, the Board voted to appoint a 2015-2016 Research Priorities Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force is to develop a research agenda to be approved by the NACNS Board of Directors. This research agenda will help NACNS advocate for funding for key research to support the role of the CNS. These priorities will serve as a guide for issues NACNS will advocate for and focus on.  This Task Force will meet by conference call.  If you wish to be considered for this Task Force, please submit your c.v. and/or resume to Please note NACNS Research Priorities Task Force in the subject line. There will be 5 – 7 positions available on this Task Force.


    2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee is another opportunity for NACNS volunteers. Each year, NACNS is working to enhance and improve the NACNS Annual Meeting. Part of this effort includes appointing our planning committee early so they have plenty of time to identify speakers and make plans. The 2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee will begin its work before the 2016 Annual Meeting this year.   This Committee will meet by conference call.  If you are interested in serving in this volunteer role, please submit your c.v. and/or resume to Please note 2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee in the subject line. There will be 3-5 positions available on this Committee.


    Please submit your information by November 5th to ensure you will be considered for these opportunities.



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    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Phone: 215-320-3881

    Fax: 215-564-2175

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to ONA Award Winners:

    Bette Kiyoko Idemoto and Ruth Ludwick are the recipients

    of the ONA Excellence in Nursing Research Award 

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