Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists

The Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists is comprised of clinical nurse specialists (CNS) across the state who are interested in advancing the role and practice of the CNS. The council works with both state and national CNS groups to support, educate and advance the CNS role.

The CNS, being one of the four APRN roles recognized by the State Board of Nursing, works to provide care consistent with advanced practice standards.  The CNS is guided by competencies set by national standards to improve and provide high quality, evidence based care for the patient.  The CNS is an asset to organizations by providing change needed at the level of patient, nursing and the system to synergistically meet the criteria set by health care standards today.

Highlighted Initiative

The primary initiative at present is to advocate for the implementation of the Consensus Model and lend support of the IOM report for APRN practice.



The mission of the CNS council is to advance health policy and support the practice of clinical nurse specialists through advocacy.


  • Facilitate and support initiatives for CNS title protection
  • Discuss relevant practice issues and concerns
  • Participate in legislative processes to promote health policy advocacy

Interested in joining the Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists? We would love to have you! NCNA members can join any council by updating their profile. Click on the “Account” tab, then choose “Personal Info” on the left side of the page, and scroll down to choose the councils you wish to join. Don’t forget to hit “Save” at the bottom! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Council Leadership

Chair Bonnie Meadows, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG
Co-Chair/Secretary T. Caleb Rutan, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CEN, CPEN
CAPN Representative Julie M. Linder, DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-K
Legislative Representative Kelly M. Osborne, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CGRN, CEFR
Ambassador April Schultz, MSN MPH APRN AGCNS-BC CRRN
Ambassador Allison Fox, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
Ambassador Leah Haught, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-CMC
Student Ambassador Libby Guerrero, BSN, RN