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Mission Statement 

  • To enhance and promote the unique and multifaceted contribution of the Clinical Nurse Specialist to population health from wellness to acute care;

  • to advance the practice of nursing;

  • and to improve the effectiveness of healthcare systems.

Our Goal

  • to address topics impacting the advance practice of the CNS

  • to increase visibility of CNSs through participation on appropriate state and local committees

  • to act as a resource group and provide continuing education programs for the CNS

  • to support the coalition of advanced practice groups, such as CNSs, ARNPs, CRNAs and CNMs.

Our Logo

  • Circles: represent the three spheres of CNS practice and impact – the patient, nurses and nursing practice and systems/ organization.

  • The Lamp: a symbol of the care and devotion the nurse administers to the sick and injured in the practice of Nursing.

  • Color of Blue: the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

  • Dark Blue: represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

  • Light Blue: is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.

  2021 OACNS Board of Directors


  • President – Susan Dresser
  • President-Elect Lynette Gunn
  • Treasurer – Kacy Aderhold
  • SecretaryRhonda Coleman-Jackson
  • Immediate Past President – Stephanie Moore

  Committee Chairs:

  • Director-at-Large for Continuing Education Committee – Brittni Kline
  • Director-at-Large for MembershipKaren Genzel
  • Director-at-Large for Public RelationsRachel Colina
  • Finance Committee – Theresa Murphy
  • Chair of Nominations Committee – Tamika Rhodes
  • Chair of Legislative Committee – OPEN

  Unofficial Board: 

  • Student Representative –   Kelsey Spitz
  • Student Representative Chris Mumford

  Officer Bios

   President – Susan C. Dresser, PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN, FCNS                      

Susan obtained a BSN from the University of North Carolina, MSN from Duke University as an   Adult Critical Care CNS, and PhD in Nursing Research at the University of Kansas. Currently she is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Adult-Gerontology CNS Program and Chair of Clinical Faculty (Interim) at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the OU Health Sciences Center.

Susan has served on the NACNS Practice Committee (2003-2005), the NACNS Board of Directors as Director at Large (2005-2008) and Secretary (2008-2010), on the NACNS Foundation Board (2008-2010) and is the Chair of the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. As an NACNS Board member she provided regular input to the APRN Consensus Model as it was being drafte.  Collaboration with three CNS colleagues resulted in publication of a resource to meet the needs of new CNSs transitioning to practice: The CNS Toolkit: A Guide for the New CNS in 2012. In 2016 the second edition was published and received the AJN Book Award 2nd place for advanced practice nursing.  She was an invited member of the NACNS task force that wrote the NACNS response to the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Currently she is the Chair for the NACNS Legislative Regulatory Committee. In 2019 Susan was inducted as an inaugural Fellow in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute of NACNS.

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) is her specialty organization and Susan has represented the role of the CNS in multiple ways through the years. She served on the 2010 AACN Scope and Standards for Acute & Critical Care CNS Practice Task Force.  In 2017 she was asked to be the Lead Content Expert in developing the new ACCNS Adult-Gerontology CNS certification review course. This review course is now used by CNS graduates across the country in preparation for taking the Adult Gerontology CNS certification exam.  She is a current member of the 2021 AACN AGCNS Practice Analysis Task Force.

   President-Elect E. Lynette Gunn, MS, APRN, GCNS-BC

Elizabeth Lynette Gunn is an Advanced Practice RN – Clinical Nurse Specialist with specialization in gerontological nursing, case management, wound and foot care.  She has over 25 years of direct care nursing experience beginning with medical/surgical, pediatric, orthopedics, wound care, foot care, education, and telehealth.  She is currently the Chief of Outpatient Nursing at the Eastern Oklahoma VA HCS.  As the Chief of Outpatient Nursing, she is responsible for the development, maintenance, and expansion of Veteran outpatient programs – both in person and virtual Care for northeastern Oklahoma. Lynette received her Associate degree in Nursing from Connors State College in Warner, OK, her BSN in nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and her MS in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma.   Lynette is a firm believer in active participation in professional practice organizations being a member of ANA/ONA, NACNS (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist) WOCN (Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Association), AAWC (Association for the Advancement of Wound Care) and NOVA (Nurses of the VA). She currently serves on the board of directors for AAWC, President Elect for OACNS, Secretary for the Region 3 Green Country Chapter of ONA and President of Local Chapter 328 of NOVA.

    Presentation Experience:

    1.      Developed Skin School – A Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program for EOVAHCS in Muskogee, OK
    2.      Course Coordinator for Wound Treatment Associate Program (through the WOCN). Only one for State of Oklahoma.
    3.      Telehealth Trainer – Eastern Oklahoma VA HCS
    4.      Venous Insufficiency: Assessment and Treatment Strategies (2014)
    5.      Ethical Implications of Bullying – Session during “Workplace Bullying” (2015)
    6.      Implementation of a Tele-Wound Program (2018)
    7.      Use of Virtual Care during the COVID Crisis (2020)

        Treasurer – Kacy Aderhold, MSN, APRN-CNS, BC-ADM, CDCES