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Member Accomplishments 2020
NACNS Brenda Lyon Leadership Award 2020
Susan Dresser PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN, FCNS
The Brenda L. Lyon Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS. It is named for Brenda Lyon, PhD, FAAN, a founding member and the second president of NACNS. The award is presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.
Member Accomplishments 2019
Lynette Gunn had a publication in the WOCNCB Certification E-News April 19, 2019 Issue.
Sally Crim Tibbals, APRN-CNS, a long time member of OACNS and past president, received the 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award
At its annual conference in Florida last month, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its prestigious Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, director of the Adult-Gerontology CNS Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing in Oklahoma City. The award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) educator and acknowledges his/her commitment to excellence and innovation in preparing CNSs and implementing the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education.
Dresser has been a member of NACNS since 2002. As an expert in cardiovascular nursing, she enthusiastically shares her clinical and professional knowledge to engage students in dialogues that will enrich students’ learning experience. Students say she has “a passion for advancing nursing practice that shows in everything she does.”
“It is my great honor to present the Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser,” said NACNS Immediate Past President Anne E. Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “She is an expert in cardiovascular nursing and an educator who enthusiastically shares her clinical and professional knowledge in order to engage students in dialogues that enrich their learning experience.”
NACNS 3rd Place Student Poster Presentation Award :
Clinical Nurse Specialists in Telehealth: Bridging the Gaps in Rural Healthcare
Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-CNS was inducted as an inaugural Fellow in the CNS Institute. Identification as a CNSI Fellow is a prestigious honor and only awarded to those NACNS members who epitomize the excellence of Clinical Nurse Specialist as leaders of the nursing profession, staunch advocates for patients and families, and forerunners of innovations to improve the health of populations.
Member Accomplishments 2018
Brenda Lyon Leadership Award Winner Melissa Craft, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN, Assistant Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Graduate Education and PhD Program Director, at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, for extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS.
Inaugural Chair of NACNS Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute
Promoted to Interim Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Graduate Education at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing
Served as Inaugural Chair of the of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (the 401c3 arm of the NACNS)
Served as a member of the Adhoc Committee to review posters/proposals for the 2018 NACNS Conference
Gave a presentation entitled, “What’s Your Message” to High School Seniors as part of the Muskogee OK Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2017 Cotillion Participant Seminars. She outlined her process for professional growth and development as well as outlining the process to become a Clinical Nursing Specialist. To show further support the Scholarship Program a full page ad was placed in the Cotillion Souvenir Book.
Serves as a member of the Adhoc Committee of WOCNCB to develop test preparation flash cards for the Foot Care Examination
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