1. Section Editor(s): EBRIGHT, PATRICIA DNS, RN, CNS
  2. PATTEN, STEPHEN MSN, RN, CNS, CNOR, Conference Co-chairs

Article Content

A Clinical Nurse Specialist for Limb Loss Care


A Comparison of Temporal Artery and Oral Electronic With Core Temperature in Normothermic Postoperative Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Patients


A Pandemic Is Declared: Are You Really Ready?


A Systematic Review of the Literature: Analysis of APRN Roles Including the Effectiveness of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Role


Adherence, Safety, and Effectiveness of a Paper Versus Electronic Insulin Infusion Protocol in Acute Care


An Innovative Tool Designed to Influence Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification Success


Avoiding the Big Bailout: Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in New Product and Technology Procurement


Beyond the Bundle: The Value of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Continuing Evidence-Based Practice Changes


Clinical Nurse Specialist and Administrator Perceptions of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice


Clinical Nurse Specialist Contributions to Care Delivery: Creating a Pain Management Registered Nurse Model of Care


Clinical Nurse Specialist Mentored Staff Nurse as Champion of Performance Improvement


Clinical Nurse Specialist Implementation of a Pain Management Initiative Using the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Quality Care


Clinical Nurse Specialist Influencing Local to National Systems: Electronic Transplant Referral


Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journey From Novice to Expert


Conducting Systematic Review: Effectiveness of Arm Exercise on Dyspnea in COPD


Contextual Factors Influencing the Nurse's Response to Alarms


Creating a Distance Accessible Clinical Nurse Specialist Program for Rural Communities


Delirium in Critical Care: Recognizing and Managing to Improve Patient Outcomes


Developing the Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist as an Internal IV Therapy Consultant


Differences in Parent/Child Ratings of Perceived Asthma Symptoms and Barriers to Medication Adherence in Children With Asthma


DNP Education for Clinical Nurse Specialists


Educating Clinical Nurse Specialist Students at a Distance


Enhancing Staff Education Through Human Simulation Technology


Establishing SAFE Units and Practices: A "Sitter" Reduction Plan That Works!


Evaluating the Effect of a Pain Resource Nurse Program on Barriers to Pediatric Pain Management


Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Educational Program


Evidence-Based Practice for APNs: Making Sense of the Statistics


Falling Stars: Fall Prevention Through Transformational Leadership


Finding the Clinical Nurse Specialist Voice and Articulating Value


From the Frying Pan Into the Fire: How a Clinical Nurse Specialist Can Impact Pressure Ulcer Incidence and Outcomes


Implementing the Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Using a Matrix Management Approach: Opportunities and Challenges


Improving Care for Patients Who Develop Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery


Informatics Nurse Specialist Role: Integrating Computers Into Practice


Knowledge, Attitudes, and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies Among Clinical Nurses


Specialists in an Academic Medical Center


Late-Preterm Infant-Who Am I? Using an Evidence-Based Practice Model to Expedite Improvement of Care to Vulnerable Infants


Matters of the Heart: Instrument Development to Test Women's Knowledge of Female MI Symptoms and Risk Factors


Measuring Evidence-Based Competencies in a Clinical Nurse Specialist Program


Moving From What Is Known to What Works: Adapting a Certification Framework to Promote Sustainable Improvement Throughout a Health System


Partnerships Between a Hospital and Schools of Nursing


Patient Family-Centered Care: A Journey Through Change


Patients on the Move


Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Program: Successful Strategies Implemented by a Med/Surg Clinical Nurse Specialist


Preventing Functional Decline Among Hospitalized Older Adults to Increase Discharges to Home


Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Role: Assisting Faith Communities in Developing and Maintaining a Faith-Based Nursing Ministry


Recreate your Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice Through Research


Revising the Role of Nursing in Medication Reconciliation: A Clinical Nurse Specialist-Guided Implementation


Safe Harbor: Suicide Precautions Outside of the Behavioral Health Setting


Safe Medication Practices Are for Procedure Areas Too: A Clinical Quality Improvement Project


Speak Up for Patient Care Quality Improvements Through Peer Review


Surviving Sepsis: The Clinical Nurse Specialist as Change Agent


The Evolution of Clinical Nurse Specialist Education at Widener University


The Palpable Impact of a Clinical Nurse Specialist During Patient Rounds With a Medical Residency


Program on a Medical-Oncology Unit


The Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Role: A Pilot RCT Testing the Effect of Structured Writing With Seropositive African American Women


The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist: Transprofessional Collaboration in the Implementation of a School-Wide Bullying Prevention Program


Transforming Organizational Culture: A Campaign for Quality End-of-Life Care


Using Best Practices in a Clinical Guideline for Sickle Cell Anemia


Using Simulation in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Education: The Time Has Come!


Section Description

The 2010 National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Annual National Conference is planned for Portland, Oregon, on March 3 to 6. More than 375 clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), graduate faculty, nurse administrators, nurse researchers, and graduate students are expected to attend. This year's theme, "CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems," demonstrates the breadth and depth of CNS practice and leadership at multiple levels in organizations and on healthcare.


A total of 142 abstracts were submitted for review, and 58 (not including student posters) were selected for either podium or poster presentations. Again, this year, there is a CNS student poster session; student abstracts will appear in a later issue of the journal. The abstracts addressed CNS practice in all 3 practice domains as described in the Spheres of Influence Framework for CNS Practice. Abstracts emphasized patient safety and quality care outcomes, leadership, CNS education, evidence-based practice, and new ways to shape CNS practice. Topics include CNS work activities incorporated into the 3 Spheres of Influence, the role of the CNS in developing clinical inquiry skills among staff nurses, use of simulation technology, strategies to maintain clinical excellence, the role of the CNS in National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) activities, and many new and thoughtful ideas to support CNS education, practice, and research. Collectively, the abstracts represent the breadth, depth, and richness of the CNS's contribution to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, as well as contributing to the advancement of the nursing profession.


The conference abstracts are published to share new knowledge with those unable to attend the conference. As you read each abstract, appreciate the intellectual talent and clinical scholarship of your CNS colleagues who are advancing the practice of nursing and contributing to the health of society through improved outcomes for patients and healthcare organizations. We encourage you to contact individual presenters to network, collaborate, consult, or share your thoughts and ideas on the conference topics.


Watch for next year's call for abstracts and consider submitting for presentation at the next NACNS annual conference scheduled for March 9-12, 2011, in Baltimore, Maryland.