Critical Care Clinical Nurse specialist for HealthEast Care System with a scope including Critical Care and CV surgery for St. Josephs Hospital, St. Johns Hospital and Woodwinds Hospital. Current clinical focus includes but is not limited to the following: Delirium in the ICU/Critical Care Certification Promotion/Early Mobility/Sepsis Management/Inpatient Emergency Response/DKA Management/Clinical quality/CV surgical Management and Length of Stay

Current Memberships include:

Society of Critical Care Medicine: Volunteer-Communication/Mentorship Sub-Committee

American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Volunteer-Beacon Application reviewer

 AACN Ambassador

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

Minnesota Affiliation of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

President Elect

Shamsah Rehmatullah, MS, RN, ACNS-BC

Shamsah Rehmatullah is a Med/Surg Clinical Nurse Specialist at The University of Minnesota Medical Center.  Her clinical focus includes preventing delirium, falls prevention, sepsis management, early recovery after surgery, reducing length of stay to name a few. Shamsah was also the clinical lead from Fairview in their partnership with The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare on preventing falls with injury project. Shamsah is also an Affiliate Faculty at University of Minnesota school of Nursing and has been a preceptor for graduating students from University of Minnesota and Winona.



Deanna Erickson, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC

Hi, my name is Deanna (pronounced Deena) Erickson and I am eager to be the Secretary for the MN NANCS. I am an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I have worked as a CNS for over 10 years. My first CNS job was working on the AM Admission/Outpatient Surgery area and since that time I have been working with the Telehealth, Hospice and Ophthalmology areas. The CNS job allows one to do so many different things. I am excited to be part of the MN NACNS board because they continue to help the CNS profession grow stronger.  



Megan Oldenburg, MSN, APRN,

As a bedside nurse, one of the leaders I most admired was the CNS for our area.  She was an incredible mentor and still provides me with opportunities to ground myself and refocus on what inspires and drives the profession.  My main focus in pursuing a career as a CNS was to provide patients with consistent and appropriate care and to provide nursing with guidance on best practice.  Medicine is fascinating and I love to learn more every day.  My undergraduate degree was from College of St. Benedict and my graduate program was through Winona State.  As a CNS, I consider myself still fairly new in the role having just celebrated my 4 year mark in 2017.  I love working with other CNSs directly on a project, which often is not something I am able to do as we all cover different areas.  The opportunity to work with other CNSs in any capacity would be exciting for me and a great development and learning opportunity.  When not at work, I am spending time with my husband and three children under the age of 4.

Immediate Past President

Kristin Negley, MS, APRN, CNS AOCNS

Hello, my name is Kris Negley and I am proud to have served the 2017 President of the MN NACNS. I have been a CNS for 10 years. The first five years were spent as a General Medical CNS and the remaining years have been as the CNS Supervisor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I became a CNS because some of the nursing leaders I most admired were CNSs and this has not changed. These leaders were innovate. They could identify what our large organization needed to do to improve care for patients, work with a multidisciplinary team to facilitate change efficient for nurses to implement and the results were improved clinical outcomes and safety for our patients. In addition to this amazing systems work, they  mentored me as a new nurse and provided care to complex patients. While serving on the conference planning committees for the national and MN NACNS conferences, I have been privileged to work alongside amazing nursing professionals who are passionate about the CNS profession. With the many changes occurring in the health care environment, the skill set CNSs bring to the table by focusing on the three spheres of influence has never been more important. As Minnesota CNSs we need each other. We are stronger as a profession when we work together to form professional relationships, share best practices, etc. It is the respect and admiration that I have for my CNS colleagues across the stat of MN that motivated me to run for the position of President. 


Student Representative


Brandy Kozitza

I am a second-year Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Student at the University of Minnesota.  I was named a Bentson Scholar in 2016, receiving the Bentson Scholarship for her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  I currently work both as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and as a medical intensive care unit bedside nurse while in school.  I have a strong desire to get involved in my local professional organization as a student.  I am excited to learn more about how the organization functions, and how I can use my strengths to benefit MN NACNS.  I would also like to stay involved once I graduate and become a board certified clinical nurse specialist.    

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