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Greetings from the Chesapeake Bay Chapter Affiliate National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter Affiliate was organized in September 2010 and meets quarterly. Founding members included Sharon Olsen, PhD, AOCN; Michelle Salmon, RN, MSN, ACNP, CNS-BC; Melinda Sawyer, MSN, PCCN, CNS-BC; Paul Thurman, MS, ACNPC, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN; Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, ACNS-BC, FCCM; Samantha Young, MS CCRN CCNS ACNP. In January 2011, the Affiliate petitioned the Maryland State Board of Nursing (MBON) to assist in the development of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) regulations to recognize the Maryland CNS for APRN licensure. Final language for the new regulations also included requirements for certification, title protection and a grand fathering clause. The State of Maryland adopted these regulations in October 2012. These regulations are forward looking in that they are consistent with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, (1) recognize existing CNS core competencies as adopted by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (2) and support the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that nurses should be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education, skills and competencies. (3) The application for CNS licensure is currently being drafted by the MBON.

Affiliate membership represents CNSs from universities and hospitals across Maryland. Current priorities include building membership, offering regular Continuing Education offerings, and reaching out to CNS and professional colleagues, administrators, students, patients, and families to increase visibility and understanding of the CNS role. For more information, visit the website:

(1) APRN Consensus Work Group & the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee. (2008). Consensus model for APRN regulation: Licensure, accreditation, certification & education. Retrieved July 12, 2011 from

(2) The National CNS Competency Task Force (2010). Clinical Nurse Specialist Core Competencies. Executive Summary 2006-2008.

(3) Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine; Institute of Medicine (2010) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The National Academies Press.

Susan Immelt, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC; Sharon J Olsen, PhD, RN, AOCN
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Author:Immelt, Susan; Olsen, Sharon J
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Date:May 1, 2013
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