Committees & Volunteer Units

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It Takes a Village

We LOVE our volunteers! Without the contribution of our volunteers AMSN and MSNCB would not be the success we are. Volunteers are the means by which we achieve our goals. Not only do the associations benefit by the work of volunteers, serving as a volunteer helps you grow both personally and professionally. We encourage you to participate in this rewarding and educational experience.

Types of Volunteer Units

In addition to the Board of Directors, we have many volunteer units to accomplish the strategic plan and goals of the organizations.

Standing Committees and Teams have regular ongoing responsibilities. They are made up of chairs and members who serve for 2 years and may be reappointed.

Task forces are formed, and coordinators/representatives are appointed, as needed to accomplish special projects. A chair and members are selected for task forces. Both task forces and coordinators/representatives serve for the duration of the project and disbanded once the work is complete.

Becoming Part of a Volunteer Unit

The majority of volunteers are selected through a “Call for Volunteers” that is emailed to all AMSN members and/or CMSRN certificants. The call outlines the specific responsibilities of the position, time commitment, and eligibility criteria.

Candidates for volunteer units with multiple members are usually selected based on the need for geographic, practice, and educational diversity.

Many of our calls take place in the fall following the annual convention, but opportunities arise throughout the year.

View the Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Units

AMSN Volunteer Units


AMSN PRISM Award Committee

The AMSN PRISM Award recognizes exemplary medical-surgical nursing units. Committee members review blinded applications and use an objective scoring tool to determine if the unit has achieved the award.

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    Chairperson - Mr. John Erik Jorgensen, MPA RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Lori Magestro
     
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    Member - Stacy E. Eidson, BSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Sara N. Newberry, DNP RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Venecia Ann Holmes, DBA MHA BSN CMSRN NE-BC
     
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    Member - Dr. Donna L. Martin, DNP RN-BC CMSRN CDE
     
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    Member - Katherine Ann Schulz, MSN, RN-BC
     
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    Member - Mrs. Penny M Winfield, RN-BC, MSN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Martha Metz, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Karen A. Caldwell, MSN BSN RN-BC NP-C
     
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    Member - Heidi Marie Etter, MSN, RN, CMSRN, IBCLC
     
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    Board Liaison - Mrs. Tuesday L. Adams, MSN RN-BC
     
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    Staff Liaison - Arhlene Delfin
     
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    Staff Liaison - Donna Olthoff , BS
     

 

Clinical Practice Committee

The Clinical Practice Committee addresses issues that are related to clinical practice in medical-surgical nursing including representing AMSN with other professional groups, developing statements or guidelines, and moderating and responding to clinical inquiries and discussions on the AMSN Hub.

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    Chairperson - Mrs. Sarah Bologna, MS RN CNS ACNS-BC
     
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    Co-Chair - Mrs. Colleen M. McCracken, BSN RN CMSRN CHPN OCN
     
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    Member - Ms. Deirdre Smith, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mr. Theodore Tagle Urbano, MA BSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Kristine Anne Flores Arcadi, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Claire Bethel, MSN RN-BC
     
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    Member - Amanda Murray, MSN APRN CMSRN AGCNS-BC
     
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    Member - Galen David Ziegler, RN CMSRN
     
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    Board Liaison - Ms. Jennifer C. Kennedy, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CNE-cl, NPD-BC
     
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    Staff Liaison - Mrs. Kate Searfoorce
     

 

Legislative Team

Our Legislative Team encourages involvement of AMSN and medical-surgical nurses in legislative issues primarily through our website, email communication, and social media.

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    Coordinator - Yalanda Comeaux, MSN MJ RN CMSRN
     
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    Board Liaison - Ms. Kristi L. Reguin-Hartman, MSN APRN ACNS-BC
     
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    Advisor - Frank Purcell, BS
     
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    Staff Liaison - Donna Olthoff , BS
     
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    Staff Liaison - Arhlene Delfin
     
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    Member - Ms. Monica Lynn van der Zee, BSN RN PCCN-K CMSRN
     
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    Member - Terrie Tomeko Hall, BSN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Dr. Serena Rinn Bumpus, MSN RN NEA-BC
     

 

Medical-Surgical Nursing Competencies Task Force

AMSN is launched a project to develop the competencies required of medical-surgical nurses. We are undertaking this work because there is not one set of generally accepted competencies for medical-surgical nurses.

The Executive Steering Committee is an advisory group that will review/edit/approve competencies. They will also assist AMSN with dissemination of the competencies.

The Competencies Task Force is a group of 12 nurses from varied backgrounds and experience who are working closely with our selected consultants to draft the competencies.

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    Staff Liaison - Arhlene Delfin
     
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    Staff Liaison - Donna Olthoff , BS
     

 

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee has the very important job of selecting of the AMSN Board of Directors. They do this through a rigorous vetting process to select the most qualified candidates to serve as President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director.

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    Staff Liaison - Mary Steffens
     

 

Scholarship & Awards Committee

The Scholarship & Awards Committee annually distributes $40,000, or an amount specified by the Board of Directors, in scholarships, grants, and awards to advance the nursing profession by rewarding excellent medical-surgical practice and by providing financial support for medical-surgical nurses.

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    Chairperson - Dr. Katie A. Chargualaf, PhD RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Christopher S. Blum, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Dr. Elizabeth Day, PhD RN CHPN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Susan Elizabeth Beverung, MSN RN
     
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    Member - Dr. Nelson Tuazon, DNP DBA RN NEA-BC CENP CPHQ FACHE
     
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    Member - Ms. Eunice Denise Mayo, MSN RN
     
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    Member - Dr. Kathy Kay Prue-Owens, PhD RN CCRN
     
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    Member - Dr. Michael Urton, MSN CNS APRN-BC
     
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    Member - Tracey Dryden, MEd MA BSN RN-BC
     
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    Member - Dodi Walters, RN CMSRN
     
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    Board Liaison - Dr. Marisa L. Streelman, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Staff Liaison - Arhlene Delfin
     
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    Staff Liaison - Donna Olthoff , BS
     
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    Ex Officio Member - Dr. Summer A. Bryant, DNP RN CMSRN
     

 

MSNCB Volunteer Units


CMSRN Item Reviewers Committee

This is the committee that reviews current questions. This group works closely with Prometric, our test vendor.

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    Member - Ariela E. Kauffman, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Kelsey A. Sundwall, BSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Sana A. Habib, MSN RN CMSRN AG-CNS APRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Jill Bigelow, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Clara G. Livingston, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Alysa Angel, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Maria Elizabeth Vitale-Echon, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Marita Anne Kametas, BSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mr. Ryan Michael Zipagan Padua, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Staff Liaison - Mrs. Kristina Esposito, BBA CMSRN
     

 

CMSRN Item Writers Committee

This is the committee that develops new questions for the exams. This group works closely with Prometric, our test vendor.

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    Member - Verena Sink Bailey, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ellen W. Manieri, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Rebekah Housman, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Michelle Lynn Rudolph, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Jara Deann Monroe, BSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Katherine Goudreau, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Deanna T. Allison, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Iska Okello, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Dr. Jolly Mathews Punchamannil, DNP RN CMSRN NE-BC
     
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    Member - Ms. Ashley Dianne Faulkner, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Bonita Marie Clement, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Allison Rodecap, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Estelle M. Coopersmith, MS RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Kristen Oakley, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Charlene Hughes, MSN RN CMSRN DNS-CT ONC RAC-CT
     
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    Member - Mrs. Candace B. McKinney, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Sherin Begum, RN CMSRN
     
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    Staff Liaison - Mrs. Kristina Esposito, BBA CMSRN
     

 

CMSRN Recertification Committee

This committee is made up of nurses who attained the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) certification and oversees the certification renewal process, reviews applications as needed, and performs required audits.

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    Chairperson - Don H. Everly, MSN MBA RN-BC CMSRN NEA-BC ONC OCNS-C
     
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    Member - Ms. Carly Paris Burton, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Jessica Ann Graff, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Cheryl Sheffield, MSN RN CMSRN OCN
     
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    Member - Ms. Amy J Velsko, MSN RN CBN RNBC FNP-C
     
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    Member - Dr. Tiara Cohen, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Joan Dianna Henlon, MSN RN CMSRN RN-BC
     
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    Member - Tiaa Padgette, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Dr. Charlie Dharmasukrit, PhD RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Kimako N. Desvignes, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Ms. Joel M. Moorhead, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Cristen Mackwell, MSN RN CMSRN NPD-BC
     
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    Member - Alexandra Morrison, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Nina Glaiza Pacheco, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Philomena Valson, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Linda Simek, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Joslyn Mary Pazour, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Katiuska Peppard, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Charity B. Poku, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Amy Kristine Sustar, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Dr. Pamela H. Treister, DNP CNS RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Jillian Knudsen, RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Amy Melissa Tucker, BSN RN PCCN CMSRN PHN
     

 

CMSRN Test Development Committee

This is the primary committee that develops new forms for the exams and reviews item statistics. This group works closely with Prometric, our test vendor.

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    Chairperson - Dr. Aimee Lea Burch, APRN-CNS CMSRN
     
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    Member - Wendy G. Woodall, MSN RN CMSRN
     
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    Member - Mrs. Jessica Amber Borthwick, RN CMSRN
     
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    Staff Liaison - Mrs. Kristina Esposito, BBA CMSRN
     

 

 

 

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