VaCNS Member Award & Recognitions: February 2021
VaCNS Member Award & Recognitions
Kay Butler MSN APRN AGCNS-BC CCRN ACM-RN
Kay Butler is the recipient of the 2021 Pamela Jane Nye Novice Innovator Clinical Nurse Specialist Scholarship award, from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She plans on using her $2,000 award to begin teaching ACLS courses, including the funding of her own instructor course. She also plans to purchase the equipment needed to teach the class. Kay plans to be up and running by May 2021. Kay became a nurse entrepreneur in 2018 and is the owner of RN the Know, LLC in Newport News. This nurse consultancy business caters to both the adult and geriatric populations. She teaches American Heart Association (AHA) and basic EKG rhythm interpretation courses; she also tutors nursing students. She assists clients with advance care planning, as well as cognitive evaluations. She will receive her award at the 2021 NACNS Conference.
Robin McAlpin MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
Critical Care CNS at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Robin McAlpin is the recipient of the 2020 Preceptor of the Year award from East Carolina University. Robin McAlpin goes above and beyond in identifying clinical training opportunities for her student on the unit, department, and system level. Midway through this past semester, Robin was promoted to a new position as Manager of Neuroscience Service Line. Despite her newly elevated responsibilities, Robin continued to support her student which resulted in an opportunity to better understand system-level leadership and challenges. As a result, Robin’s student made significantly greater progress in meeting program-level objectives and specialty competencies than many of her peers. Robin’s commitment to the CNS role, to her patients, and to her alma mater was notable and greatly appreciated.