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  • 25 Jan 2021 7:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you Penny Messner, APRN, CNS, DNP for serving as the 2020 President on the MN NACNS Board of Directors and welcome her to her new role on the MN NACNS Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. 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!


  • 25 Jan 2021 7:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We would like to share great gratitude to Shamsah Rehmatullah, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, for her service on the MN NACNS Board of Directors over the last 3 years. Shamsah, a Med/Surg Clinical Nurse Specialist at The University of Minnesota Medical Center, has focused on preventing delirium, falls prevention, sepsis management, early recovery after surgery, and reducing length of stay to name a few. Shamsah is also an Affiliate Faculty at University of Minnesota school of Nursing and has been a preceptor for graduating students from the University of Minnesota and Winona. Shamsah has contributed greatly to the MN NACNS through her years of service and we are very thankful she volunteered much of her time over the last 3 years to the MN NACNS. Thank you, Shamsah! We appreciate you and will miss you serving on the MN NACNS Board!


  • 25 Jan 2021 7:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS would like to express a huge thank you to Kelly Derby, MS, APRN, CNS, for her service as the 2019 and 2020 Secretary on the MN NACNS Board of Directors. Kelly, a CNS at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, who focuses on Orthopedics and WOCN, has volunteered much of her time to the MN NACNS though participating in planning committees prior to becoming secretary. As secretary, Kelly has helped the MN NACNS stay organized and on track through the many unpredicted challenges in 2020. Thank you, Kelly! We appreciate you and will miss you serving on the MN NACNS Board!


  • 25 Jan 2021 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS would like to share a HUGE thank you to Benjamin Hickox for his contributions over the last few years!! Benjamin Hickox, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC is an Adult and Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist that supports the Primary Care practice at Mayo Clinic in Southeast Minnesota. He has been a Registered Nurse for over fifteen years. He completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, AGCNS track at the University of Minnesota in 2018 and it was during his time as the student representative for MN NACNS that he assisted in identifying a need to move beyond a website to a contact management platform, assisted in selecting the specific platform, and transitioning from a website to this new platform. His one-year commitment as a student representative evolved into a three-year commitment as “webmaster”. Ben learned a great deal in this role…though still doesn’t necessarily consider himself a master of the web. He also assisted in planning and implementing the first-ever video Fall MN NACNS Conference, complete with evaluating and purchasing a Zoom license for MN NACNS and learning how to interface Wild Apricot (the contact management platform) with Zoom, for registration and conference attendance. Ben greatly valued working with an amazing team of fellow CNSs from across the state. He is excited to see others now take on the role of webmaster and explore the full functionality of Wild Apricot and Zoom. We greatly appreciate all that you have done for the MN NACNS! We will miss you!


  • 25 Jan 2021 6:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS welcomes Lina Vogel, APRN, CNS to the Secretary position on the MN NACNS Board of Directors. Linda, a Critical Care CNS at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN, is the Trauma Program Manager for Essentia Health’s Level 1 Adult Trauma and oversees their Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Program. Linda is also not new to the MN NACNS, she has previously volunteered her time serving on MN NACNS planning committees. Thank you, Linda, for your previous contributions to the MN NACNS and welcome to the Board of Directors as the 2021 and 2022 Secretary. We are excited to have you as a part of the MN NACNS Board the next 2 years!

  • 25 Jan 2021 6:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS welcomes Shari Frueh, BSN, RN to the Student Representative Role! 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. The MN NACNS looks forward to your assistance in helping us stay connected to and support the CNS students in MN!

  • 25 Jan 2021 6:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS welcome Mary Gerchman-Smith, MA, APRN, CCNS, to the MN NACNS Board of Directors as the President Elect. Mary, a critical care CNS at Essentia Health, focuses on early mobility, trauma, burn care, delirium prevention, ECMO, suicide prevention, organ donation, and HAIs. Mary successfully co-led several multi-disciplinary teams to implement a system-wide suicide screening tool, a behavioral emergency response team, and development and implementation of an ECMO program. Mary is also not new to the MN NACNS, she has previously volunteered her time serving on MN NACNS planning committees. Thank you Mary for your previous contributions to the MN NACNS and welcome to the Board of Directors. We are look forward to working with you over the next 3 years!

  • 25 Jan 2021 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MN NACNS welcomes Mary Gruber, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC into her new role as the President on the MN NACNS Board of Directors. Mary, a cardiovascular CNS, works across the service line for MHealth Fairview supporting practices from cardiovascular procedural areas to cardiac telemetry and leading system-wide alarm management projects and being an expert in cardiac monitoring and telemetry. Thank you Mary for serving as the MN NACNS 2020 President-Elect and volunteering your time on the planning committees. We look forward to your great leadership as you enter your new role as the 2021 President on the MN NACNS Board of Directors.


  • 6 Oct 2020 8:18 PM | Anonymous member

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Petty, PhD, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, on receiving the Mary Fran Tracy Award from the Minnesota Affiliate of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (MN NACNS) on October 2, 2020. Dr. Petty was nominated by 2 M Health Fairview APNL colleagues who have worked with him for many years, recognizing his longstanding contributions to the profession of nursing, the CNS role, and the nursing department at M Health Fairview. He is well respected at the hospital, system, state, national, and international levels where his contributions are significant and numerous. Key areas highlighted in the nomination include his work to advance and share specialty expertise regarding cardiothoracic, circulatory assist, and heart and lung transplantation patients and their families as well as his leadership to advance nursing practice through implementation of evidence (e.g., CA-UTI prevention) and to generate new knowledge through nursing research.

    In his role as advanced practice nurse leader at M Health Fairview, Dr. Petty works with the cardiothoracic population and solid organ transplant specialty. He is also the lead for the complex care clinical grouping within Practice & Education and has been a preceptor for many CNS students over the years. This award is particularly meaningful as it is named for Dr. Mary Fran Tracy, a respected colleague who worked for many years at UMMC in the CNS role and other nursing leadership positions. Dr. Tracy was the co-founder and charter president of the Minnesota Affiliate of the MN NACNS, and has worked tirelessly throughout her distinguished career to advocate for advancing the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist. The award is given to a recipient who exemplifies excellence in education or practice, including:

    • 1.       Commitment to advancing expertise in their clinical specialty.
    • 2.       Demonstrating leadership in promoting evidence-based practice.
    • 3.       Demonstrating quality patient outcomes as a result of his/her practice.
    • 4.       Supporting nurses in the delivery of patient care and the advancement of nursing practice.
    • 5.       Promoting change or collaboration at the system level to improve or impact patient care.


  • 24 Aug 2020 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After much deliberation, planning, and working with various partners, the Fall Conference Planning Committee and the Board is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an abbreviated annual virtual conference this year.  October 2, 2020, from 08:00-12:00 via Zoom.  3.0 CEUs will be available.  No pharmacology credits will be offered, but plan on the pharmacology conference filling this need!   

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