CMSRN of Distinction Recipients

Meet the proud recipients of the CMSRN of Distinction Award


Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRNThe 2019 CMSRN of Distinction is Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN.

Mimi is a Corporate Nurse Educator with Catholic Health in Buffalo, NY, and has been a med-surg nurse for 34 years. She received her BSN from D’Youville College, her Master of Science and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing.

Prior to her current position at Catholic Health, Mimi worked as a bedside medical-surgical nurse; has taught in the undergraduate program at University at Buffalo School of Nursing; and was in staff development at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She retired in 2005, as a Major, from the Army Nurse Corps, after serving 27 years of both active and reserve duty.

Mimi was a member of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) for nine years serving as a Director, Treasurer, and President.

Her research interests include specialty certification for nurses and its impact on patient outcomes. She led a national research study for MSNCB on the perceived value of specialty certification, then published and presented the results in 2011. She has also co-authored publications related to interprofessional education of nursing students and the establishment of dedicated education units in a comprehensive cancer care center.

In her current role, Mimi has been instrumental in promoting medical-surgical certification for the staff nurses, not only within her facility, but for all facilities within the Catholic Health system. She has developed and taught a medical-surgical nursing certification review class and has established a medical-surgical certification review resource library within her healthcare facility.

Congratulations, Mimi!

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Kathryn Collins, BSN, RN, CMSRNThe 2018 CMSRN of Distinction is Kathryn Collins, BSN, RN, CMSRN. 

She has been a med-surg nurse for over 20 years and is the educator of 2 medical-surgical units plus a surgical progressive care unit for CentraCare Health-Saint Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN. She obtained her CMSRN certification in 2014 and has taken a personal approach to evangelizing certification at her hospital.

Some of her efforts to motivate her peers to become certified include creating a lending library of study resources, developing a study group for staff who register to take the exam, and submitting certification information in her unit’s newsletter. She emails or speaks directly to colleagues she knows are eligible to become certified and discusses the option to become certified through their facility FailSafe Certification Program™ which allows them to have two attempts to pass the exam.

Kathryn acknowledges those nurses who become certified by hand delivering cards to them and acknowledging them for Certified Nurses Day. She continuously promotes certification and is an ambassador for the benefits of being a certified medical-surgical nurse.

According to Kathryn, being med-surg certified validates your knowledge as a med-surg nurse and shows your dedication to your profession. Certification shows you took the time to prove your knowledge and competence in an area you love to work and promotes professionalism.  

Congratulations, Kathryn!

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Kathryn Collins, BSN, RN, CMSRN, is the 2018 CMSRN of Distinction Award recipient. In this video, she talks about her career, the value of her CMSRN credential, and how certification is one of the best career decisions a nurse can make. According to Kathryn, earning the credential is an excellent confidence booster that improves patient care and validates med-surg nursing knowledge.

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Ann Yacone DiAgostino, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BCThe 2017 CMSRN of Distinction is Ann Yacone DiAgostino, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC.

She is a nurse administrator for Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY.

Ann has been an advocate for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing for over 32 years and first received her CMSRN credential in May 2003. She has been a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) since 1998 and is proud to have chartered the first New York State Chapter of AMSN.

She serves as an Ambassador for AMSN and the Medical Surgical-Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB™) and speaks to many nurses at a variety of national conferences about the benefits of CMSRN certification.

Ann is a role model and resource for new and seasoned medical-surgical nurses and has afforded hundreds of local and regional nurses the opportunity to become certified through facilitating both special test site exams and the MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™ at her hospital.

Ann has been responsible for supporting over 125 clinical nurses at her facility to become CMSRNs and is very proud of this engaging and empowering journey. Ann’s hospital was awarded MAGNET® designation in May 2016 and the commitment to specialty nursing certification, especially CMSRN, was highlighted as a strength by the MAGNET surveyors.

According to Ann, hospitals and leaders who promote and support CMSRN and other specialty nursing certifications are committed to high reliability, quality patient care, and the professional growth and development of clinical nurses. There is no greater investment than certification.

Congratulations, Ann!

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Ann Moore, MS, RN, CMSRN, RN-BCThe 2016 CMSRN of Distinction is Ann Moore, MS, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC.

She is a Professional Development Specialist for Swedish Health System in Seattle Washington. Ann was nominated for this award by Cathe Clapp, MN, RN, NEA-BC.

Ann first received her CMSRN credential in May 2005. She is a key leader and planner in recognizing certified RNs at her facility. She works with new RN residents as well as experienced staff and is able to talk about why she is certified, and encourage others to become certified.

She works with her campus Shared Leadership Professional Practice Council to develop a resource pool of staff who are certified to help mentor those who may be interested in pursuing certification. Ann also sits on the Campus Coordinating Council at her facility representing clinical education and professional development. She briefs this group regularly about any and all certification activities. 

Ann facilitates a 16 week medical-surgical certification review course annually. This opportunity came about when she took the initiative with administration for the course to be offered to staff and was willing to facilitate this evening class. At each of the classes she promotes certification as the goal.

Ann believes that professional nursing certification impacts patient care by the effect that certification has on the nurse. Patients notice the credentials of the nurse and ask about it, then enhancing patient trust in the nurse, their care, and teaching.

According to Ann, certification allows each RN to practice with confidence and convey this confidence to those they care for, and work with. She continues expanding her credentials and involvement  in professional organizations annually by joining local and national committees, and regularly attending local and national conferences.

Congratulations, Ann!

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Patricia PeckIn a unanimous decision, the 2015 CMSRN of Distinction is Patricia Peck, RN, BSN, CMSRN.

She is a Clinical Nurse at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL. Patricia was nominated for this award by Susan Morby, MSN, RN.

Patricia first received her CMSRN credential in October 2007 and retested in July 2014. She has continued to exhibit a strong level of dedication towards her peers and promoting MSNCB certification. This level of dedication includes endless hours of information sessions, educational in-services and presentations to support certification.

Patricia values education and has coordinated many contact hour presentations at her hospital. Since 2007, she has been organizing study classes one or two times per year. She has presented to the nursing leadership team to encourage their support, and has presented at multiple staff and unit meetings, nursing council meetings, and round-the-clock information sessions to get the word out to the different shifts of nurses.

As Staff Nurse President she uses her position to support certification and has many speaking engagements which she utilizes as an opportunity to promote nursing. Patricia played an integral role in her hospital’s MAGNET® designation.

On a patient level, Patricia feels more confident in her knowledge base as a certified nurse. She has increased awareness about why she is giving a medication or using a specific nursing skill. She values her time to discuss a patient with the physicians and they listen to her.

By helping others to get certified in such large numbers, she has helped provide a safer work environment.

Congratulations, Patricia!

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