Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are advanced practice registered nurses who have graduate preparation at the master's or doctorate level. CNSs are expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice. The specialty may be identified in terms of:

  • Population
  • Setting
  • Disease or medical sub-specialty
  • Type of care
  • Type of problem

In addition to providing direct patient care, CNSs influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staff and by implementing improvements in healthcare delivery systems. Demonstrated outcomes include the following:

  • Reduced hospital costs and length of stay
  • Reduced frequency of emergency department visits
  • Improved pain management
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Reduced patient complications

Community's Clinical Nurse Specialists

Kaleigh Bachus, clinical nurse specialist internKaleigh Bachus, BSN, RNC-OB

Kaleigh is a clinical nurse specialist at Community Health Network. She attends IU School of Nursing and will graduate in May 2020. She has been with Community Health Network since 2008 with a focus on perinatal care.

Janel Borkes, CNSJanel Borkes, MSN, RN, RN-BC

Janel is vice president for professional nursing practice at Community and leads the CNS team. She has been a CNS for 20+ years and has a background as a medical-surgical CNS.


Deb Ferguson, CNSDeb Ferguson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN

A graduate of IU, Deb has been practicing as a BSN prepared RN since 1987. She became a clinical nurse specialist in neuroscience in 2001. At Community Health Network, her specialty areas of focus include stroke and fall management. Deb is married to her husband Joe; they have three children and two grandchildren. Outside of work, she loves to ride motorcycles.

Angela Foley, cardiovascular CNSAngela Foley, MSN, RN

Angela is the CNS at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital along with the cardiovascular service line. She received her BSN and MSN from Indiana University in 2002 and 2012, respectfully. She has worked as a cardiovascular ICU nurse for almost 20 years, with seven years spent as a cardiovascular CNS. She has focused on cardiovascular surgery/VAD, ECMO and targeted temperature management since becoming a CNS.

Sue Heinzman, CNSSue Heinzman, DNP, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC
Adult Health

Sue is network director of professional nursing practice and research at Community Health Network. She is a board-certified adult health CNS. Sue received her DNP from IUPUI and her MS from Purdue University Calumet.

Traci Lorch, CNSTraci Lorch, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, RNC-OB
Maternity Services

Traci is the CNS for Maternity Services for Community Hospital North and Community Howard Regional Health. She has worked in the area of obstetrics for over 30 years. She completed her MSN to become a CNS at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis (2011) and received her doctorate in nursing practice from Vanderbilt University (2018). Traci is passionate about improving the quality of care for all maternity patients with a special focus on maternal sepsis and postpartum hemorrhage. She also has certifications in Inpatient Obstetrics, RNC-OB, and Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, ACNS-BC.

Amanda McCalment, CNSAmanda McCalment, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC
Adult Health

Amanda is the CNS at Community Hospital East. She specializes in adult health and has experience in both medical-surgical and critical care areas. She received her MSN from IU School of Nursing in 2015.


Theresa Murray, CNSTheresa Murray, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN
Critical Care

Theresa Murray is a critical care clinical nurse specialist who has practiced at Community Health Network for more than 30 years. She received her BSN and her MSN from Indiana University in 1987 and 1995, respectfully.

She has been fortunate to work on many innovative quality improvement projects, such as prevention of ventilator associated pneumonia with an essential eradication of the complication for more than 10 years. Community also implemented the first rapid response model at Community Hospital East, which resulted in a reduction of code blue in the medical areas. Theresa is a recognized expert in ethics and sepsis treatment.

Brittany Myers, CNS internBrittany Myers, BSN, RN, PCC
Adult Gerontology

Brittany is a clinical nurse specialist at Community Howard Regional Health. She attends IU School of Nursing and will graduate with her MSN as an Adult-Gerontology CNS in May of 2020. She has been with Community Health Network since 2012 and is certified in progressive care.

Julie Painter, CNSJulie Painter, MSN, RN, ONC

Julie has been a nurse for close to 40 years. Located at Community Hospital North, she specializes in adult health and is certified in oncology care.


Jackie Jessie, CNSJackie Jessie Roberts, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN

Jackie Jessie has been a nurse for 20+ years, 10 of which she has spent in the role of clinical nurse specialist, specializing in medical-surgical nursing. She is certified as an adult health CNS (ACNS-BC) and as a wound ostomy continence nurse (CWOCN).


Megan Siebert, CNSMegan Siebert, MSN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN
Adult Gerontology/Progressive Care

Megan is the CNS at Community Hospital South. She is an adult gerontology CNS with a certification in progressive care.


Dawn Sullivan Wright, CNSDawn Sullivan-Wright, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, TCRN

Dawn practices within Community's Emergency Services area. She is certified in emergency nursing and is a board-certified Adult Health clinical nurse specialist. She has focused on emergency nursing since 1993, but has experience in a variety of nursing areas.


Susan Tyler, CNSSusan Tyler, MSN, RN-BC, PCNS-BC, CPN

Susan is the NICU/Pediatric CNS for Community Health Network. She is certified as a pediatric CNS with additional certifications in pain management nursing and pediatric nursing. Susan received her MSN from IU School of Nursing in 2015.

Kelly Woker, CNS internKelly Woker, MSN, RN
Adult Health

Kelly is a CNS at Community Hospital North. She received her BSN from University of Indianapolis in 2001 and MSN from IU School of Nursing in 2020. She has been with Community Health Network since 2000 with a focus in cardiac care.