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:
- 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, 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, MS, RN, CCRN
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, 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.
Kerista is the Maternity Unit CNS at Community Hospital North. She is a board-certified CNS with almost 20 years of perinatal experience. Kerista is also certified in electronic fetal monitoring.
Sue Heinzman, RN, MS, DNP
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, 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 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, MSN, RN, CCRN
Adult Gerontology Intern
Kate is the clinical nurse specialist intern at Community Howard Regional Health. She is an adult-gerontology CNS student, and is a certified critical care nurse. Kate also has a master’s in nursing education.
Theresa Murray, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN
Julie 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, 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 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, 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.