Clinical Nurse Specialist affiliate of the Georgia Board of Nursing

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We are pleased to announce the formation of the shared interest chapter of the Georgia Nurses Association – the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Chapter of GNA!  The CNS Chapter has been approved by the GNA Board of Directors.  The chapter’s mission is to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the CNS to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities, and promote and advance the practice of nursing in the state of Georgia.


Join us for our next meeting co-sponsored with the Atlanta Area CNS Group (chapter of NACNS) More details are at

APRN of the Day 2017

New and Improved w/ CE

The CAPRN L.E.A.D. Program is here! (Legislative Education Advocacy Development)

 Sign up today!


APRN of the Day 2017 Legislative Session

The Georgia Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (CAPRN) is excited to once again sponsor the APRNs of the Day Event at the Georgia State Capital on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays through the 2017 legislative session. The purpose of the event is to increase APRNs visibility and presence at the Georgia legislature, so we can better advocate for both improved access to health care for our patients and for removal of existing barriers to APRN practice. As you may know, Georgia physicians have had a daily presence at the state capital each day of the legislative session for many years. We hope that APRNs in our state will consider stepping up to this challenge to increase our visibility and become more involved in professional advocacy. If you can sign up to go with others in your district, this will make an even bigger positive impact. The CAPRN lobbyist will be available to you as a resource the day of your service as APRN of the Day.


Watch this 7 minute Video to see what you can expect at the State Capital when you are APRN of the Day!

APRN of the Day Video Link: 

STEP 3: 

Please watch these two short Educational Videos in preparation for establishing a connection with your legislator:

Strategies for APRNs to Influence their Legislators Video Part 1 

Strategies for APRNs to Influence their LegislatorsVideo Part 2



It is crucial that our APRN lobbyist gets feedback after you meet with your legislators, please complete this form below following your encounter;

 APRN of the Day Legislator Feedback Form Link


 STEP 5:

CE credits in process: will include 1 hour your prep time (including viewing video links above), plus your time at Capitol

Questions about the program call or email Molly Bachtel at (404)285-4647

[email protected]


         56 APRNs Needed....

Take on a Leadership Role today! We are seeking APRNs who are willing to be a legislative leader in their Georgia Senatorial District, since their are 56 Georgia Senators that means we need 56 APRNs across the state to volunteer to take the lead in communicating on APRN issues with their Senator, help inspire APRNs in your assigned district to get active in professional advocacy.

As you are reading this, hundreds of nurses from across the country are meeting with members of Congress at ANA's Lobby Day. While we're in their offices, our message becomes much more powerful if their phones are ringing off the hook from nurses from their home state. Can you help?

Call your Senators and your Representative right now and tell them to co-sponsor the Safe Staffing bill – one of the most crucial pieces of legislation we are talking about this year. The number to call Congress is (202) 224-3121. Simply tell them what state you're calling from, and ask to be connected to one of your legislator's offices (it doesn't matter which one you start with.)

Then, when your lawmaker's office staff pick up, give them this message: My name is ________ from Atlanta. I'm a registered nurse, and I wanted to let you know I am paying attention to what Congress does this year to make sure that nurses have the staffing support they need to take care of patients. I'd like you to co-sponsor the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act. In the House it is bill number H.R. 2083 and in the Senate S. 1132.

Thank them, hang up, and call again to be connected to your other legislators, then give them the same message. That's it! Once you're done, just let us know that you made the calls. This is a key time in the legislative session with the August recess coming up. Momentum is on our side, but time is not – so it's more important than ever that our legislators hear from all of us about how critical our agenda is for healthcare workers and patients alike.

With nurses on the ground on Capitol Hill right now, and supporters like you dialing in all day today, Congress will have to listen. More information and CNS-specific legislation at the Georgia level can be found at
Thank you,
Michelle Artz, ANA

September 2016   National CNS Recognition Week September! 

“Tomorrow Belongs to us” was my President’s Address at the 2013 National Conference. The underlying premise of this presentation was that the future is owned by the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). We are the change agents of healthcare and the leaders of evidence-based practice and the advancement of nursing practice. During that address, I spoke about CNSs being at the forefront of nursing and the leaders of tomorrow. Clinical nurse specialists have been proving their value to society since the 1960s when Hildegard Peplau envisioned the role. One way for the CNS to further validate ourselves in this time of care is with the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA). It is projected that by the close of 2015 a quarter of the population of the United States will be receiving Medicaid benefits.1 Twelve of the 15 highest-income states have chosen to participate in Medicaid expansion, whereas only 6 of the 15 lowest-income states have chosen to expand Medicaid. Depending on your geographic location, this may be a prime opportunity for the CNS to demonstrate cost avoidance as cost control becomes tighter.
The CNS of the future is one that will be adaptable to an ever-changing healthcare environment. As technology advances and nursing staff will deliver more complex care, the CNS will be required to adapt to this rapidly changing environment. Although there is concern that the CNS does not have a future, this is far from true. The other advance practice roles of the nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner are not as future focused and specialty focused and has the ability to affect care at the population level in the same manner that the CNS does.
It is our duty to effectively communicate our role and the value of our role to the stakeholders in our organizations. Besides the chief nursing officer, it is very important to get to know the chief financial officer. This individual who represents the dollars and cents of the organization can become one of the greatest advocates for the CNS, especially once he/she understands the cost avoidance or cost savings that a CNS can bring to an organization. In order to do this, you must be able to connect with these stakeholders and make evident the value that you bring to the organization not only in dollars and cents (or sense), but also in quality improvement. I provided several examples during my address of CNSs around the country who are doing great innovative work. And inventive effort is what CNSs are doing all the time. I used the example of Kathleen Vollman and her development of the Vollman Pronator for advancing care in the patient with adult respiratory distress syndrome; Brenda Thompson and her 10-year journey in the development of a congestive heart failure clinic that now sees over 1500 patients a year; the development of a protocol that prevents admission of these patients during acute events and allows these patients to be involved in their care and have acute care provided for them in the outpatient setting, thereby saving dollars for admission; and then there was Dr Linda Humphries in Fort Worth, Texas, who developed a citywide protocol for the standardized care of patients with sickle cell disease where length of stay was decreased from an average of 30 days to 5 days during an episode of crisis. These were just a few examples of projects that CNSs are performing and knowing that there are many more that I haven’t even heard about.
Science Fiction screen writer Patrick Barry once wrote, “the oppression of evolution is revolution.”2 The CNS is at a point of evolution, and at times it feels as though our evolution is being oppressed by various barriers such as other organizations, physician colleagues, and governmental agencies. But in order to evolve, we must become involved in overcoming those barriers. We must lead change in our organizations, become involved in the legislative process, and proudly publish the outcomes that we are achieving. It is only through each one of us as individuals that we as an organization can grow and become what we are destined for. The CNS is the leader of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, for tomorrow belongs to us, and only if we plan to take the step forward into tomorrow will tomorrow belong to us.
1. Saving T. Reforming Medicaid in light of ACA expansion. Trib Talk. Accessed June 17, 2014.
2. Barry P. (writer), Rhodes MR (director). Angel One Star Trek The Next Generation [Episode 14]. 1988 .
Clinical Nurse Specialist: September/October 2014 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 251-253 doi: 10.1097/01.NUR.0000452359.19046.9d National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists News: Presidents Message, June 2014 Rodriquez, Les MSN, MPH, RN, ACNS-BC, APRN

For 2015 Legislative updates, please go to


They have a wonderful new site under the Advocacy tab (top right of home page) that allows you to enter your comments on legislation affecting APRN-CNSs into modifiable pre-written emails that automatically go to your legislator, representative, senator, etc. once you register with your zipcode.


Speak up to your elected officials now or let non-nursing groups decide your practice for you!



A great BIG thank you to all nurses who called or emailed your legislators about the resource starving of the Board of Nursing.  As you will recall, GNA sent a Call to Action because we are concerned that the fees nurses pay for licensure and licensure renewals are being redirected from the work of the Board of Nursing to cover other shortfalls in the state government’s budget.  We believe this is a direct violation of current law found in O.C.G.A. 43-1-7, and we have been lobbying at the State Capitol to bring attention to the negative effects this has caused, including licensure delays, nurses who are a danger to the public staying in practice and a lack of staff resources to be responsive in an efficient and timely manner.


You responded by making calls to your House Representatives and this week the Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has introduced Resolution 549 calling for a Study Committee on Professional Licensing Boards!!!   A copy of the Resolution can be found here:

 The Committee will review the existing structure of licensing boards in Georgia to determine whether the structure:


(1) Is streamlined, optimizes efficiencies of scale, and provides for the appropriate state entity or entities to oversee licensing boards;

(2) Provides adequate staffing needs;

(3) Includes available, affordable technologies for faster, more reliable electronic record keeping;

(4) Currently assesses adequate licensing fees to support the direct and indirect costs to the state for the various boards to provide such services; and

(5) Is effective and efficient relating to any matters associated with licensing professions in this state.


GNA CNS affiliate will continue to be a resource to you (our members) and to our state law makers as this Study Committee convenes.

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