Message from Dale Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Patient Care Service: National CNS Recognition Week

September 10, 2020

Dear Colleagues, I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. The nation’s workforce has fought through unprecedented challenges this year, especially all of our healthcare teams working on the frontlines of COVID 19. A big heartfelt thank you to all of you, today and always.  
A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse who has additional training in a specialized area of nursing at the masters or doctoral level. CNSs combine clinical expertise, integrate interdisciplinary care, and influence three significant spheres (patients, nurses, and organizations/systems) to improve healthcare delivery and promote best practices for positive patient, staff, and organizational outcomes.  

This week I would like to recognize our exceptional group of CNS colleagues as September 1 through 7 marks the National CNS Recognition Week! CNS week is an annual event that acknowledges the contributions of the over 70,000 CNSs in the United States. SHC is fortunate to have 40 CNSs assigned to different units or service-lines, ensuring that patients receive high-quality care as they collaboratively create, monitor, and evaluate evidence-based policies and procedures. This amazing group of experts is committed to partnering with nurses and our interprofessional colleagues to translate evidence into practice.
Learn more about our CNSs as we celebrate their week, and see below: 
·      CNS brochure
·       CNS Census Infographics
·       CNS Institute
·       National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
·       CNS Pride Video
·       CNS – Myths and Facts
·       CNS – Agents of Change
I thank all of our CNSs at Stanford Health Care for their tremendous work and contributions to the organization, continuously improving patient outcomes and promoting an environment of mentoring and system changes to foster professional growth and development. Thank you for all you do.   This week, the air quality remains poor from the California wildfires, please remember to check the SHC Intranet for updates and additional resources. Click here to check the current air quality index.
With respect and admiration,
Dale Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services

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