The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Under the Magnifying Glass

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by Tyler Sturdivant, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, SCRN and Chondra Butler, DNP, RN, AGCNS-BC The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse (APN) who serves as a clinical expert within a specialty population. Like other APNs, (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and certified registered nurse anesthetist) the CNS is educationally prepared with either a master’s or doctoral degree. While the other APNs function primarily as providers, the CNS role encompasses a multitude of healthcare practices. The CNS focuses on treating …

Legal Corner: Estate Planning

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by Don Eddins, JD Estate planning is important, since we never know what the future holds. At a minimum, the estate plan should include a will, a durable power of attorney and an advance directive for health care, which includes a living will. Last Wills and Testaments A will, or “last will and testament”, allows an individual to decide the disposition of his estate, rather than the government. The maker of the will, also known as a “testator,” can determine …

Congratulations District 2 Award Winners

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Congratulations to our District 2 Citations of Excellence Award Winners! We couldn’t do the great work we do without you! Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing Dr. Cuellar is a distinguished member of the nursing community at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. She chairs The CCN Committee on Inclusiveness, which strives to make the college a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Cuellar is a …

Call for Nominations: ANA Committees and Boards

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The ANA Committee on Appointments (COA), a Committee of the ANA Board of Directors, has opened its 2018 Call for Nominations for the following positions on ANA Committees and Boards: American Nurses Association – Political Action Committee  Board of Trustees American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advocacy Board Committee on Bylaws Committee on Honorary Awards Committee on Nursing Practice Standards Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee Professional Policy Committee (formerly Reference …

ANA Appoints New CEO

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The ANA Enterprise announced the appointment of Dr. Loressa Cole as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She assumed this role on May 7, 2018. In this role, Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, will provide strategic leadership and have responsibility for the operating activities of the Enterprise including management of staff and implementation of programs for the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and American Nurses Foundation. Dr. Cole is an accomplished senior executive who brings …

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