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  • 14 Feb 2022 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS asks for your help to extend a HUGE thank you to Penny Messner, APRN, CNS, DNP for serving on the MN NACNS Board of Directors in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Penny, a cardiovascular CNS at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, has focused on improving pain management for the cardiovascular surgery patient, reducing hospital length of stay, anticoagulation management, improving venous thromboembolism prevention, and anticoagulation management to name a few. Over the years she has served as a preceptor and mentor to several of her CNS colleagues. Penny has provided great leadership to help the MN NACNS overcome many challenges the MN NACNS faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic to continue to move the MN NACNS forward. Thank you, Penny, for your dedication to the MN NACNS! 

  • 14 Feb 2022 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS would like your help in thanking Shari Frueh, BSN, RN for her commitment as the 2021 Student Representative on the MN MN NACNS Board of Directors. Shari, a Clinical Resource Nurse at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, supports the GI Endoscopy units. She currently attends Winona State University in the Adult-Gerontology CNS Master’s Program. Thank you for helping the MN NACNS stay connected to CNS students in MN and your dedication to the MN NACNS. We wish you best with your educational journey and great success as a future CNS!

  • 24 Jan 2022 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for MN NACNS Virtual Pharmacology Series is Open!

    The Virtual Pharmacology Series offers eight sessions at a low cost of $15.00 USD each. At each session 1.00 ANCC contact hours is available which includes 1.00 pharmacology contact hours for a total of 8.00 available contact hours.

    For presentation information and to register please follow this link:

  • 4 Oct 2021 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Central Indiana Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists has extended an invitation to their 2021 Annual Virtual CNS Conference.

    Thursday November 4, 2021

    8:00am –4:00pm

    6.75 CEUs available and a number of great topics

    Non-member cost $55; Student cost $25

    Registration deadline: 10/31

    More information found here:

    Conference flyer: 2021 Conference Flyer.pdf

  • 4 Oct 2021 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    She has served as a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist for more than 20 years at the M Health Fairview’s University of Minnesota Medical Center.  She has served as a leader of diabetes care initiatives including at the system level focusing on standardizing diabetes care and nursing practice to ensure safe and effective care for this patient population.  She successfully led the University of Minnesota Medical Center to be the first academic medical center in the nation to achieve Joint Commission Certification for Advanced Diabetes Management.


    Carol’s prominence in the nursing community is demonstrated by her leadership roles in multiple national committees and organizations including the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).  She served as treasurer and president of NACNS and received the Brenda Lyons Leadership award from the NACNS.  She is an internationally recognized speaker on topics including inpatient diabetes management and professional competency.  She has authored/co-authored multiple journal articles, book chapters, and other publications on nursing topics.

    She is a consistent, recognized, dedicated leader and an outstanding recipient of the Mary Fran Tracy award.  Congratulations to Carol Manchester!  Very well deserved!

  • 4 Oct 2021 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to the presenters for taking time to prepare your presentations and share your expertise and wisdom at today’s annual conference. We learned a lot from each of you. It was also wonderful to virtually reconnect with CNS colleagues, meeting new colleagues and welcome CNS students into our professional organization.

    Please extend your appreciation to our distinguished group of presenters!

    Sara Arndt, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AB, ONC, APNP

    Danielle Carlson, APRN, CNS

    Jay Gottschalk, APRN, CNS

    Mary Gruber, APRN, CNS, MN NACNS President

    Justine Herndon, PA

    Emily Feye MN, RN, DNP-AGCNS Student

    Julia Jurgensen, APRN, CNP, DNP

    Jill Massmann, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, ACHPN

    Julie Sabo, PhD, APRN, CNS

    Donna Springer, APRN, CNS

    Linda Vogel, APRN, CCNS

    Breanna Walker, BNS,RN, DNP-AGCNS Student

    Lorina Welper, APRN, CNS

    Jodi Wieczorek, APRN, AGCNS-BC, ACHPN

    Christina Wiekamp, APRN, CNS , CNP, ACHPN

  • 4 Oct 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS Board would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the conference planning committee. The many hours of meetings, planning, and preparation do not go unnoticed and are so very appreciated.

    Thank your willingness to volunteer your time to prepare this informative and engaging conference for your CNS peers! We left feeling reconnected and revitalized, thanks to your efforts!




    Anna Bird, MA, APRN, ACNS-BC

    Ella Dohlin, MA, APRN, ACNS-BC

    Jodi Hartwig, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC

    Mary Gerchman Smith, MA, APRN, CCNS

    Christina Manyang, BSN, RN, AGCNS Student

    MaryAnn Moon, APRN, ACNS– BC

    Ronda Nading, APRN, ACNS-BC

    Michael Petty, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC

    Julie Ponto, PhD, APRN, CNS, AGCNS-BC, AOCNS®

    Andrea Swenson, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC

  • 24 Aug 2021 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for the Annual Fall Conference, Reconnecting and Revitalizing CNSs in 2021, is now open! Go to the Events menu and click on 2021 MN NACNS FALL CONFERENCE for more information about the conference and registration information. We hope to see you there on October 1st!

  • 27 Jul 2021 7:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please consider nominating a colleague for the Mary Fran Tracy Award of Excellence! The deadline to nominate is July 30th, just 3 days away! Instructions on how to nominate can be found under opportunities -> MFT Award of Excellence

  • 12 Jul 2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Poster Abstracts Annual Conference

    Reconnecting and Revitalizing CNSs in 2021  

    Friday, October 1, 2021 

    Virtual Conference 

    The purpose of the poster session is to promote the CNS/CNS student colleagues in  highlighting professional accomplishments and revitalization of CNSs through their role  in healthcare. Posters may address any aspect of the CNS Spheres of Impact: Patient  Direct Care, Nursing & Nursing Practice, and Organizations & Systems (NACNS, 2019).  Poster content may focus on research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement,  professional practice, and/or reflect literature reviews/syntheses or implementation. 

    Criteria for Posters: 

    Title, author(s) 




    CNS role description 


    Implications for practice 

    Abstract no more than 300 words. 

    Abstraction submissions are due by Friday, August 3, 2021, by 1800 to  

    The planning committee will review all received abstracts to ensure criteria have been  met. Abstract authors will be contacted by August 23 if their abstract has been accepted to  the conference via an email outlining the requirements for poster completion and  submission due by Friday, September 10, 2021, at 1800.  

    Conference attendees will review viewable posters and vote to identify First, Second, and  Third Place for Posters. The Top Three Poster authors will be notified on Monday,  September 27, 2021, and present during the Virtual Conference on October 1, 2021.  

    For more information, contact:  

    Ann Loth, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC Anna Bird, APRN, MS, ACNS-BC

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