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

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

Janel is the executive director for Nursing Practice Advancement and leads the CNS team. She has been a CNS for 20 years and has a background as a medical-surgical CNS.


Diane Doty, CNSDiane Doty, MS, RN, CCRN
Critical Care

Diane has been a clinical nurse specialist for the past 14 years. She specializes in critical care and cardiovascular services. Diane is located at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital.


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.


Sue Heinzman, CNSSue Heinzman, RN, MS, DNP
Adult Health

Sue is the CNS at Community Hospital East; she is an Adult Health CNS. Sue received her DNP from IUPUI and her MS from Purdue University Calumet.


Jackie Jessie, CNSJackie Jessie, MSN, 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). Jackie is located at Community Behavioral Health and is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

Rainey Martin, CNSRainey Martin

Rainey Martin is a perinatal clinical nurse specialist at Community Health Network. She has worked in perinatal nursing since 1999 and is certified in inpatient obstetrics. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), the National Perinatal Association (NPA), the Indiana Perinatal Substance Use Committee, the Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN), and the Central Indiana Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CIO-CNS). Rainey is also on the Board of Directors for The Milk Bank.

Kate Mills, clinical nurse specialistKate Mills, MSN, RN, CCRN
Adult Gerontology

Kate is an adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist at Community Howard Regional Health. She is also a certified critical care nurse and has a master’s in nursing education.


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.


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.


Megan Siebert, CNSMegan Siebert, AG CNS
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

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.