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UT Austin School of Nursing Associate Dean Receives National Nursing Service Award

Posted: March 6, 2014

Dr. Sharon Horner

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) today presented its prestigious Sue B. Davidson Service Award to Sharon D. Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and the Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research at the University of Texas (UT) Austin School of Nursing. The Award recognizes extraordinary service to NACNS. It is named for Susan B. Davidson, a founding member of NACNS who served two terms as President of the association and chaired the NACNS Research Committee. The Award was presented at NACNS’ Annual Conference.

A member of NACNS since 1997, Horner served as Board Secretary and Board Liaison to the Research Committee from 2010 to 2012. She is the current chair of the Conference Program Planning Committee, and has reviewed abstracts for NACNS annual conferences for several years.  She has been a member of the Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists since 2004, and has served on the Advisory Board and as treasurer for that affiliate.

“Dr. Horner has served NACNS in a variety of capacities, bringing to bear her expertise, skills and talents to help us advance our mission,” said NACNS 2014 President Les Rodriguez, MSN, MPH, RN, ACNS-BC, APRN. “Her commitment to this association has helped make NACNS a stronger and more influential voice for the CNS and improving patient care. We are delighted to present her with this prestigious award.”

Horner holds a PhD in Nursing and a master’s degree in Parent-Child Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. She earned her ADN and BSN degrees from Armstrong State College in Savannah.

Founded in 1995, The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is the only association representing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). CNSs are advanced practice registered nurses who work in a variety of specialties to ensure high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care. As leaders in health care settings, CNSs provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve care and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. NACNS is dedicated to advancing CNS practice and education, removing certification and regulatory barriers, and assuring the public access to quality CNS services.

Article by Gretchen Wright and Luci Manning (The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists)