Consistent with the national organization, the NACNS, FAOCNS Affiliate exists to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the clinical nurse specialist to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to promote and advance the practice of nursing in the State of Florida.
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.
In the state of Florida, there are 28, 734 licensed APRNs (NP, CNM, CNS, CRNA). 22 US states allow full practice authority for APRNs. Representative members of the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses Council are in Tallahassee during this week's legislative session to advocate for House Bill (HB) 607 Healthcare Practitioners (APRN autonomous practice). This bill is on the agenda for House Health Care Appropriation Committee . You can watch the proceedings on the "Florida Channel" online HB 607 was heard in House Health and Human Services Committee at 12:30 pm 1/16/2020. You can view live on the Florida Channel. https://thefloridachannel.org/videos/
Here is the link to watch the House Health Quality Subcommittee hearing that took place today Tuesday March 12, 2019 regarding House Bill 821: (starts at 58 min, scroll forward to the hearing related to this APRN practice bill)
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.
Lennon, B, Stopping sepsis through bundles and huddles , Presentation March 2019
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
Sue Fowler PhD NACNS Researcher of the Year 2019
Patty Geddie PhD, APRN, AOCNS AOCNS of the Year 2019
ONS Foundation Research Doctoral Scholarship - $5,000.00 (2018-2019)8.
2019 Inaugural NACNS Fellows: Tina Mason, Marilyn Chrisman, Patty Geddie,Daleen Penoyer.
We look forward to meeting you soon.