Welcome to the Florida Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

About Us



  • promote the full scope of practice of the clinical nurse specialist;
  • serve as the national leader for clinical nurse specialist education;
  • promote the benefit the clinical nurse specialist brings  to evidenced-based quality care, 
  • patient safety, and cost of savings in  healthcare delivery; and
  • promote research that evaluates the efficacy and value of clinical nurse specialist interventions and practice ( NACNS.Org, 2017)

What Is a CNS?

 The clinical nurse specialist has been a part of the health care  industrial complex in the United States for more than 60 years. Through  the decades, the profession has become widely accepted in the health  care system as a standardized, licensed, and fully regulated health care  occupation, and one that significantly impacts the nation’s economy by  providing safe, low-cost, and effective evidence-based health care  services. 

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October 19th Live FAOCNS Meeting


NACNS Conference 2019



From March 6-9, 2019, join hundreds of colleagues at the only national conference dedicated to the clinical nurse specialist.

We will offer multiple opportunities to engage with CNSs and other  nursing leaders from around the nation. Our exhibit hall will allow you  to explore new opportunities and relationships with universities, health  care systems and technology vendors, publishers, and more.

Our agenda includes a variety of high-quality, CNS-specific sessions  and hands-on clinical skills-building workshops designed for the CNS  such as:

  • Suturing Skills
  • Advanced Neuro Assessment Skills
  • Enteral Feeding Tube Placement

We’re also pleased to introduce our Keynote Speakers, Colonel Danny McKnight (retired U.S. Army) and Joy Longo, PhD, RNC-NIC.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss how the CNS is a catalyst for practice change.

At-A-Glance Schedule – General Info

At-A-Glance Schedule w/ Session Details

Registration Form – For Print

Registration – Online

Hotel Reservations

2019 NACNS Slide Deck Template

Conference Brochure

(NACNS, 2019)

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 351-5555

 Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 351-5555 


Please Join Us

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) invites you to participate in the 2019 Annual 


A Catalyst for Practice Change: The CNS

, which will be held from March 6 to March 9, 2019 

at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® in Or

lando, Florida.  The 2019 Annual Conference will provide 

you with a wide variety of research, educational, and networking opportunities.

CNS Discussion Board

Please use this area to post questions 

CNS's are recognized as APRN's!

Mofitt Conference




Member Publications:

Thirlwell, S., Mason, T. M., Davis, D. & Machowski, T. P. (2018). Integrating palliative care at the point-of-care: Development of electronic interdisciplinary plans of care for oncology Inpatients. The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 20(2), 129-136.  doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000416

Klein, J., Jepsen, A., Patterson, A., Reich, R. R., & Mason, T. M. (2018). Heparin versus normal saline: Flushing effectiveness in managing central venous catheters in patients undergoing blood and marrow transplant. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(2), 199-202 doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.199-202

Compton, E. K., Gildemeyer, K., Mason, T., Hartranft, S. R., & Sutton, S. K. (2018). Nurses' caring behaviors: The perception of patients with cancer at the time of discharge after surgery. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(2),  169-174 doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.169-174

Mason, T. M. (2018). Surgery. In Pike, T.  (Ed.).  Oncology Nursing, 4th Edition. Bridgewater, MA: Western Schools.

Mason, T. M. (2018). Clinical Trials. In Pike, T.  (Ed.). Oncology Nursing, 4th Edition. Bridgewater, MA: Western Schools.


Cirillo, D. M., Hart, S., Mason, T. M., & Reich, R. R. Evaluating Alternatives to Standing Height in the Ambulatory Setting. The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 43rd Annual Conference. Poster Presentation – May 2018.    

 Mason, T. M. Complicated Grief Associated with Caregiving. USF Health Research Day 2018. Poster Presentation – February 2018


ONS Foundation Research Doctoral Scholarship - $5,000.00 (2018-2019)8.


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Florida Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist