Kristin Negley, MS, APRN, CNS AOCNS

Hello, my name is Kris Negley and I am proud to serve as 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. 


President Elect


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



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.  


Jan Osborne, MSN, APRN, GCNS-BS

Jan is a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She is the Nurse Coordinator for Nurses Improving Care of Health System Elders, NICHE, program working to improve Geriatric care house wide. She was influential in establishing Allina's first Acute Care for Elders, ACE, unit at Unity. Her practice includes patient consultation for patients with delirium, dementia, and management of geriatric syndromes, and site lead for fall prevention.

Immediate Past President

Susan Bold Schumacher, MS APRN, GCNS, FNGNA

Susan is a Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, specializing in delirium, dementia, and fall prevention. Her practice includes patient consultation, development of educational programs, teaching healthcare staff, and improving systems for persons with geriatric syndromes. While at North Memorial Medical Center, she co-led the opening of the Collaborative Acute Care for the Elderly (CACE) unite, the first of its kind in Minnesota. At Park Nicollet, she has been diligently working with the leadership and staff to reduce the usage of 1:1 nursing assistants from 25 FTE's to 16.98 over the last year. Susan has presented at local and national conferences about delirium and fall prevention, as well as publishing on these topics.  She has been actively involved with the work to prevent falls and injuries through the Minnesota Hospital Association and is currently working as a consultant for them. Susan has been a preceptor for graduate nursing students from the University of Minnesota, Winona and Mankato for well over 15 years. Most of her participation in professional nursing associations have been through the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) where she has been a member since 2003. Susan was the chair of the Advanced Practice-Special Interest Group in 2012 and a member of the group between 2009-present. Additionally, she has been on the Evidence Based Practice and Education Committee and the Awards Committee. Susan became a fellow of NGNA in 2011. The clinical nurse specialist role is entering an exciting period with all the changes in healthcare and thus opening doors for new opportunities for our association.

Student Representative

Ben Hickox, BSN, RN, CCRN-CMC

I'm very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the student representative for the Minnesota affiliate of the NACNS. I'm currently finishing my second year (of three) in Adult/Gerontological CNS track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Minnesota. I have been a nurse for almost 12 years now; all in cardiology. The last ten years I have been a staff nurse in the Medical Cardiac ICU at Mayo Clinic Hospital- Rochester.  This experience has been the impetus for my deep interest in clinical ethics. I also have a passion for helping both nurses and the general public understand what nurses do; and now more specifically, what Clinical Nurse Specialists do . It may sound odd, "helping nurses understand what nurses do", but I have found that many experienced and novice nurses alike have only a shallow understanding of the ontology and epistemology of nursing...and that these things are what establish and define nurses' agency. It is with this knowledge, then, that nurses can serve as change agents, which the healthcare system and society so desperately need right now and which CNS's are particularly well-qualified for. I hope to continue carrying this message during my time on the MN NACNS board.

The Minnesota Affiliate of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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