The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists presented its Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award to Courtenay Wannamaker, MSN, APRN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, a clinical nurse specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to a news release.
The award was presented at the organization’s annual conference in March.
The national award was designed to recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a CNS preceptor, who has demonstrated a commitment to teach, coach and mentor students to achieve CNS competencies, according to the release.
Wannamaker’s colleagues and students nominated her for the award.
One nominator said she “has gone far above and beyond expectations in assuring that her CNS student has excellent clinical experiences,” and “assures that the organization’s mission in providing the best care for patients is achieved.”
A student wrote Wannamaker “has demonstrated exemplary role modeling through her ability to lead, achieve, educate and mentor.”
Wannamaker has been a preceptor since 2010, previously working at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., Georgia State University in Atlanta, the University of Delaware and the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She served as the co-chairwoman of the clinical leadership council at Emory University Hospital from 2012 to 2014.
“Preceptors play an invaluable role in the development of CNS students,” NACNS 2015 President Peggy Barksdale, MSN, RN, OCNS-C, CNS-BC, said in the release. “It’s clear that Courtenay Wannamaker is inspiring her students to take on new challenges and truly come to understand and embrace the CNS role. We are pleased to honor her with the CNS Preceptor of the Year Award.”
In 2014, Wannamaker received the MSN Preceptor Award for the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Atlanta and also was the recipient of the March of Dimes Nursing of the Year Award in the advance practice nursing category.