2011 CNS of the Year, UWM Alumni

January 26, 2011 Milwaukee, WI. Lisa Gorski, a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, has been named the 2011 Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).

The award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement in the three spheres of CNS influence. The award acknowledges a nurse who demonstrates CNS competencies and exemplary practice in patient care, nursing and health care delivery systems.

Gorski began her career with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in 1985, and currently provides home infusion therapy to patients and also provides staff education to Wheaton home care nurses. She is nationally recognized for her clinical expertise in home care and nursing leadership in the specialty fields of infusion nursing and chronic illness. Gorski is also widely published on the topic of home infusion therapy, including three books, articles, a reference guide, and online teaching modules. In 2006, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.

Teri Vega-Stromberg, a CNS in Oncology and Palliative Care at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus, describes Gorski as a change agent and nurse leader within the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare System and across the nation. “She has nurtured home health nurses to be strong, independent, and clinically confident care providers,” Vega-Stromberg says. “She is their ‘go-to’ person, their preceptor, role model, and advocate.”

Gorski also serves on several professional committees and continually works to set standards to positively impact patient care. She regularly presents at the National Association for Home Care’s annual conference and was a past president of the Infusion Nurses Society. Gorski chaired the committee that worked to establish the Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice to be published in 2011, and was an editor for the 2010 textbook, “Infusion nursing in clinical practice: An evidence-based approach.”

In 2006, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.

“It is an absolute honor to be recognized by my peers,” Gorski said. “There are not very many Clinical Nurse Specialists in home care. I am committed to making a difference in this specialized area by continually providing valuable education to home care nurses across the country.”