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  • 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.


  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Today's New York Times has a video feature focused on nurses working with COVID patients in the ICU.  The video is about 15 minutes long and shines a light on the dedication, compassion, skill, and humanity of nurses. 

    Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes

  • Friday, February 12, 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    The 2021 Annual Conference is moving from the Big Easy to your Easy Chair! We will not let anything stop the Resurgence of the CNS in 2021, not even COVID!

    Presented VIRTUALLY March 9-11, 2021


    Top reasons you cannot miss the first-ever NACNS Annual Virtual Conference:

    • Top-notch LIVE Keynote Presentations from Vince Holly and Katherine Brown-Saltzman
    • LIVE Pharmacology Workshops from distinguished peers
    • Over 100 On-Demand sessions and poster presentations to watch at your own pace
    • A total of 63.75 contact hours available PLUS 4.50 Nurse Pharmacology credits
    • Virtual Exhibit Hall and NACNS Committee Tables
    • Creative, interactive networking meet-ups, activities, games, ceremonies and SO MUCH MORE!

    Registration is now open, and we already have a fantastic, CE-rich agenda planned for you. Visit the Agenda tab for more details.

    JUST ADDED: Join us on February 10 at 2:00 PM ET for a 2021 Annual Conference preview and tips to make the most of your online event experience. Check out the webinar here.

  • Monday, January 18, 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Health is seeking licensed healthcare professionals to enroll in the Medical Reserve Corps and help administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio communities. Please see the linked flyer for information and to register.

    Link to Medical Reserve Corps flyer here.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    Lynne Kokoczka on IDEASTREAM for a live interview on 1/12/21!

    The discussion focuses on Lynne’s vaccine experience and general thoughts on COVID-19 pandemic, what she’s seeing in MICU, etc. Listen to the interview at!

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2020 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    YON 2020 Day 342: Bette Kiyoko Idemoto, PhD, APRN-BC

    Recently retired from her position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Geriatrics at University Hospitals Medical Center, Bette Kiyoko Idemoto, PhD, APRN-BC, shares her personal history and explains how that influenced her life and values. During her career she served as president of the Northeast Ohio CNS Affiliate NEOCNS. In retirement, Dr. Idemoto is a nursing research volunteer at the Louis Stokes Veteran Administration Medical Center.

    Read more here!

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