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Date: february 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 Pm (ET)

Webinar Overview

The target date for full implementation of the APRN Consensus Model is 2015. To meet this target, CNS education programs must make changes now to ensure their graduates are prepared to meet the new certification and licensure criteria. Under this new regulatory model, all CNS programs must prepare graduates in one of the six populations to provide comprehensive care from wellness through acute care. This webinar will focus on developing the adult-gerontology CNS program but many of the same issues regarding the implementation of the new regulatory requirements exist for all CNS programs. This Webinar will feature CNS faculty who have made the transition to assist deans, program directors, and faculty to identify competencies, resources, and strategies for making the transition. Also, representatives from the certifying bodies will provide an update on current timelines, requirements and expectations. Additionally, participants will be provided an opportunity to ask the panel questions.

Webinar Speakers

Carol Hartigan, MA, RN

Carol Hartigan is currently Certification and Policy Strategist for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the AACN Certification Corporation. The AACN Certification Corporation develops and administers certification examinations for registered professional and advanced practice nurses in acute and critical care.  In her role, Hartigan provides leadership for the conceptualization and advancement of comprehensive certification programs and policy initiatives within the strategic context of the Corporations’ visions and the broader credentialing industry while assuring that exams and organizational structure comply with regulatory and accreditation standards. She has over twenty-five years of experience in licensure and regulation.  Before coming to AACN, Carol was NCLEX Contract Manager for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), where she helped facilitate the simultaneous transition of the national nursing licensure examinations from paper and pencil to computerized adaptive testing in all states and territories.  This was the first large, high-stakes examination to make this conversion to CAT. She also has experience as regulator, serving as the Associate Executive Director of the Missouri State Board of Nursing, and in a variety of critical care nursing, executive and faculty/educator positions. Hartigan has a BS in Nursing from Northwest Missouri State University and an MA in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Marcia Murphy, DNP, RN, ANP-BC

Marcia Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing. She serves as the co-coordinator of the Adult- Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She has numerous publications and presentations. An article will be published soon in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners entitled: Integrating Gerontological content across Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Programs. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in managing patients with cardiovascular diseases as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult Nurse Practitioner in both the acute care and community setting. Currently, she coordinates a Wellness Program for African American older adults at the Southeast Regional Senior Center in Chicago.  The focus of this practice is health promotion and chronic disease management.

Diana L. Thompkins, MS, RN

Diane Thompkins, MS, RN is the assistant director, certification services at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for governance, policy, and regulatory aspects of 28 current certification programs. She serves as ANCC’s representative to APRN related issues and topics. The earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and earned a master’s of science in nursing education from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Cathy J. Thompson, PhD, RN, CCNS

Dr. Cathy J. Thompson is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, College of Nursing in Aurora, Colorado. She is certified as an Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Dr. Thompson has published and presented on many critical care, research/EBP, and advanced practice topics. Her research focus area is related to building individual and organizational capacity for evidence-based practice. Students have honored Dr. Thompson with recognition of her high standards and teaching expertise through multiple teaching awards and she was the first recipient of the NACNS CNS Educator of the Year award given in March of 2008. She is the Editor of the Educator Column for the Clinical Nurse Specialist journal. She is also a past Board member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the AACN Certification Corporation Board.

Patti R. Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Patti Zuzelo is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program of La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She coordinated the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Track from 1997 through 2012 and initiated revisions to the track in accordance with the requirements of the APRN Consensus Model specific to the Adult-Gerontology population. Dr. Zuzelo is a past-President of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She continues to participate in NACNS activities on an ad hoc basis and is a member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Expert Panel for the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist examination. Dr. Zuzelo is a nationally recognized expert in CNS education and practice.

Facilitator: Joan Stanley, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Senior Director of Education Policy
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Webinar Recording

AACN Member Faculty Recording

NOTE: If you are a member of the AACN Collaboration Community, use the AACN Member Recording link to view this webinar. Please contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu for to the community.

Registration for Non-Member Recording

Webinar Handout

Curriculum Map Handout



This Webinar is generously funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.