April 9, 2019
FLORIDA -- At its annual conference in Florida recently, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, director of the Adult-Gerontology CNS Program at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma.
The award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) educator and acknowledges his/her commitment to excellence and innovation in preparing CNSs and implementing the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education.
Dresser has been a member of NACNS since 2001. As an expert in cardiovascular nursing, she enthusiastically shares her clinical and professional knowledge to engage students in dialogues that will enrich students’ learning experience. Students say she has “a passion for advancing nursing practice that shows in everything she does.”
“It is my great honor to present the Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser,” said NACNS Immediate Past President Anne E. Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “She is an expert in cardiovascular nursing and an educator who enthusiastically shares her clinical and professional knowledge in order to engage students in dialogues that enrich their learning experience.”
Founded in 1995, The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses who work in a variety of specialties to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve care and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, removing certification and regulatory barriers, and assuring the public access to quality CNS services.
OU Medicine — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Medicine is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Medicine serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Medicine’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.
Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma
The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, the college is the state’s largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The OU Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is part of the OU Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. To find out more, visit nursing.ouhsc.edu.