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2019 VaCNS Candidates

Posted 7 days ago by Cindy Ward

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Elections will be held in January 2019 for the following Board positions: President-Elect, Secretary, and Board Member-at-Large.  The candidates are:


Name: Cindy Ward

Cindy Ward


Credentials: DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

 Place of Employment: Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

 CNS Experience: Acute Care CNS at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for 5 years. Certified as a CNS for 9 years.

 Previous experience on any board:

I am currently a member of the VaCNS Board as webmaster, and am a member of the MEDSURG Nursing Editorial Board. I was a director on the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Board from 1999 – 2003, and Secretary 2003 – 2005. I was President of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board from 2009 – 2013.

 Why are you seeking this office and what do you believe your contribution will be?

I have participated on the VaCNS leadership team for the last 4 years. I plan to work on Board development activities to give the Board the skills needed to serve the membership. I want to use my knowledge and experience to advance the VaCNS strategic plan, which includes

  • revisions to the Virginia regulations related to clinical nurse specialist practice
  • removing barriers to CNS practice, including educating chief nursing officers in Virginia about CNS practice and working with them to end CNS employment in job titles other than CNS
  • assisting clinical nurse specialists to obtain credentialing at their facilities
  • advancing recognition of clinical nurse specialists as advanced practice nurses



 Name: Jennifer Bath

Jen Bath

 Credentials: MSN, RN, AGCNC-BC, CEN, TCRN

 Place of Employment: Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

 CNS Experience: I have been a CNS since 2015, working for the Trauma Service at Level 1 Trauma center. In my role I educate patients/families, nurses, residents, and peers on traumatic injuries, I round with the trauma team and provide input into patient care, call every trauma patient discharged home within 96 hours, and lead and/or participate in research and QA/QI projects that involve trauma care. I also follow high risk patients, such as spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, to insure optimal care and outcomes. I have presented nationally on my call back program and have won several awards for that work. I have also mentored CNS students from several difference programs.  In 2017 I was awarded the Magnet Consortium’s Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing award. I am involved in advocating for the CNS role at state and local level, including attending legislative receptions, the NACNS summit, educating politicians on the CNS role, and having open dialogues with my delegates on a regular basis.

 Previous experience on any board:

I have been past president of the local ENA chapter, Board secretary for Tau Phi Sigma Theta Tau chapter, co-chair of the Roanoke Valley Regional Domestic Violence Fatality Review team, Board Member Roanoke Area Brain Injury Connection, Director at Large, Virginia Nurses Association Board, Editorial Board for Journal of Trauma Nursing and past planning committee chair for VaCNS.

 Why are you seeking this office and what do you believe your contribution will be?

I am interested in becoming more involved with the board beyond the program planning aspect. Having been recently replaced on the program committee, I felt the need to run for a Board position. My past experience as board secretary has provided me with the knowledge and skill for the position. My recent term as a VNA board member expanded my knowledge and understanding of board functions while helping me gain valuable connections in the state nursing community.  My goal as secretary is to get minutes of our meetings completed real time and share them with our membership, send out frequent reminders of upcoming meetings, and share events that chapter members send me. As Board Secretary, I pledge to promote the role of CNS, our VACNS chapter and our chapter’s mission/strategic plans.



 Name: Theresa Terri” Crowder

Terri Crowder

 Credentials: DNP, RN, CNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN

 Place of Employment: John Tyler Community College – FT-Associate Professor of Nursing;

PRN – Mary Washington Hospital; Adjunct Faculty- Old Dominion University- MSN-CNS program

 CNS Experience: CNS since 2006. CNS for Medical Unit- 132 beds for 8 years.

 Previous experience on any board: Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter- American Association of Critical Care Nurses- Current Secretary. Past officer – Treasurer

 Why are you seeking this office and what do you believe your contribution will be?

I am the current chair of the CNS recognition task force, which has allowed me to work with many VaCNS members, and report activities during monthly meetings. I have also helped plan conferences for VaCNS. I have taken minutes when asked by current secretary, which has given me the experience of taking minutes while listening on phone, and to type them up into standard format.  I am passionate about the CNS role and want to help our chapter in any way I can.


Board Member-at-Large

 Name: Catherine Smith

Cathy Smith

 Credentials: DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN

 Place of Employment: Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

 CNS Experience: Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist since 1998

  • CNS, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, NJ CTICU/CTSDU; 1998-2003
  • CNS, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ CTICU/CTSDU/Telemetry 2003-2004
  • CNS, Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Hampton, VA ICU/PCU/Cardiology 2004-2012
  • CNS, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg, VA 2012-2014

 Previous experience on any board:

I was a board member on the Peninsula Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses (PC-AACN) from 2005 until 2018. I just recently stepped down to dedicate more time to the VaCNS.  

 Why are you seeking this office and what do you believe your contribution will be?

I am interested in serving on the VaCNS Board to provide leadership to all CNSs across Virginia. I have been leading the VaCNS Legislative Task Force since 2016 and appreciate the opportunity to continue contributing to the advancement of CNS practice in the Commonwealth. It is imperative that Clinical Nurse Specialists continue moving toward full scope of practice in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes. 


Board Member-at-Large

 Name:  Patricia M. Todd

Trish Todd

 Credentials:  MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, RNC-LRN, CPEN

 Place of Employment: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD

 CNS Experience:  Pediatric Emergency & Trauma, Pediatric Critical Care, and Pediatric Research

 Previous experience on any board:

Board of Education, elected official, Warren Township, Warren County, NJ 2003-2006

 Why are you seeking this office and what do you believe your contribution will be?

I am seeking the office of Board Member at Large because I would like to serve our fellow Clinical Nurse Specialists and the important role we play in the outcomes of the patient care. I believe my contributions would include collaboration with other groups in addressing issues of common concern to the APN, assist in the development and dissemination of position statements regarding health care policy and providing education to Virginia communities on the contributions and positive outcomes that Clinical Nurse Specialists make.

My thirty years of pediatric and CNS experience includes inpatient and outpatient care at seven hospitals across six states, with 10 years of recent management and CNS experience in the Pediatric Emergency Dept & Trauma Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Presently, at the NIH my role bridges Phase I and II research with the clinical care of pediatric research patients.

I earned my BSN and MSN (Parent/Child CNS) from Adelphi University, New York in 1987 and 1992 respectively. I am a GMU DNP candidate (May 2019). My professional memberships include VACNS, NACNS, VADNP, AACN, APHON and Sigma Theta Tau and nationally certified: Pediatric CNS (PCNS-BC), Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) and NCC Low Risk Neonatal Nurse.