Editor-in-Chief: Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN
ISSN: 0887-6274
Online ISSN: 1538-9782
Frequency: 6 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 33/103
Impact Factor: 0.904
From the Editors

2013 NACNS Award Winners

Sue Davidson Award

Patricia O'Malley Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNS, Nurse Researcher at the Center of Nursing Excellence andClinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care Services at the Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.

This award recognizes an individual for extraordinary service to NACNS.

Brenda Lyon Leadership Award

Ann Mayo, DNSc., RN, FAAN currently works at the Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science, University of San Diego where she is a Professor in the MSN and PhD degree programs offered by this university.

This award recognizes an individual for extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS.

CNS of the Year Award

Brenda McCulloch, MSN, RN, CNS, RCIS is employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Sutter Medical Center-Sacramento.

The award acknowledges a nurse who demonstrates CNS competencies and exemplary practice in patient care, nursing and health care delivery systems.

Preceptor of the Year Award

Lianna Z. Ansryan, MSN, RN, CNS is the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with the Frailty Task Force at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, CA.

This award was designed to nationally recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor. The award acknowledges a CNS preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies as reflected in the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education published in 2004.

Presidents Award

Kelly Goudreau, DSN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN was awarded the first NACNS President's Award. Dr. Goudreau is an amazing NACNS member and had been invested in the growth and workings of NACNS over her professional career. Dr. Goudreau is currently Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive of the Veteran's Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC) White City, Oregon.

This award recognizes an individual for extraordinary service to NACNS.

Researcher of the Year

Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM was awarded the CNS Researcher of the Year. Dr. Mary Lou Sole is the Orlando Health Distinguished Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Nursing in Orlando, Florida. She also holds a per diem appointment as a Nurse Scientist at Orlando Health. She began her career as a diploma graduate from the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in Wheeling, WV.

This award was designed to nationally recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist who has conducted original nursing research that has significantly enhanced the science of autonomous nursing practice, patient and family outcomes, and/or health care systems.


Pharmacology Consult Collection

We are pleased to present a "Best of" in Pharmacology Consult articles, authored by Dr Patricia O'Malley.  She has authored articles pertinent to not only CNS's, but all members of the healthcare team.  To access the collection, click on the "collections" tab above or click here.

Special Announcement

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new blog, cnsjournalblog.com.  A guest blogger will discuss an article from the most current issue of the journal.  We hope to elicit conversation on topics most important to the CNS but also, what CNSs contribute to the current healthcare enviornment.  We invite all disciplines to join in the discussion.  Check out the blog and leave a comment! 

Geriatric Resources from American Journal of Nursing

AJN published a series of articles and videos on evidence-based geriatric assessment tools and best practices in partnership with the New York University College of Nursing’s Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing with partial support by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation. Called “How to Try This,” the series translates materials from the Hartford Institute’s “Try This series” into free, web-based resources for educators, students, and clinicians.

International Council of Nurses- Advanced Practice Network

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network (INP/APNN) was established to provide an international resource for nurses practicing in the Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) roles as l as interested others such as policymakers, educators, regulators and/or health planners. If you are interested in influencing advanced practice nursing on an international level and increasing CNS visibility, become a member. Registration is free! Click here to visit the site.

Blog Update

One more exciting change as we ring in the new year and celebrate 25 years. Associate Editor Kelly Goudreau will be hosting a blog to discuss the implementation of the APRN Consensus Model -- a national effort that goes by the acronym of LACE for licensure, accreditation, certification and education. Keep up to date by following the blog! Past posts are available via the Blog archives section.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome! I look forward to your letters to the editor.

Jan Fulton




CNS Historical Collection

Looking Back at Clinical Nurse Specialists

Anniversaries are about reminiscence and renewal, and this year is the 25th anniversary of the journal, Clinical Nurse Specialist.  By way of a look back at the history and development of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role, are posting and providing links to several historical articles from CNS and the American Journal of Nursing which were instrumental in shaping the CNS role as we know it today. 

In Reiter's article, you will see the debate around a need for a clinical expert in nursing practice.  Peplau's article argues for advanced clinical nurses to span the boundary between new scientific findings and emerging health concerns.  Johnson, Wilcox and Moidel provide a great example of the vision of the CNS as clinical expert with expanded authority and responsibility.  In Georgopoulos and Christman's work, you see the emergence of the scope of CNS practice, now called the "Spheres of Influence" practice framework.

Faculty, consider adding a discussion about CNS history to your class!  NACNS members and affiliates, how about including a discussion about CNS history at your next local meeting?  With health care reform upon us, a better understanding of history can often illuminate the path to the future. 

Here are some reflective questions for considering our CNS history. 

1.  What influences lead to the recognized need for academically prepared clinical experts in nursing.

2.  Clinical expertise in nursing practice is central to the emergence of the CNS role.  How has the notion of "clinical expert" changed over the years? 

3.  Define specialization in nursing practice according to Peplau’s 1965 publication.  Is this definition applicable today?  Explain why or why not.

4.  How does specialization at the “generalist” level differ from specialization at the “advanced” level? 

5.  What role do CNSs have in assuring that the nursing profession meets its social mandate?

Follow this link for AJN's CNS collection.


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