CMSRN of Distinction Award

The CMSRN of Distinction Award honors a certified medical-surgical registered nurse who exemplifies the values of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).

This award acknowledges a registered nurse who is dedicated to promoting and communicating the value of certification by providing education and support to peers, a healthcare organization, patients and/or the community.

Read more about the CMSRN of Distinction Award on the MSNCB Website.


Ann Moore, MS, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC

Ann Moore, MS, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC

The 2016 CMSRN of Distinction is Ann Moore, MS, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC of Lynnwood, WA. 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! 


Patricia Peck, BSN, RN, CMSRN, receiving her award at the
2015 AMSN Annual Convention.

Patricia Peck, BSN, RN, CMSRN

The first recipient of this award was a unanimous decision - Patricia Peck of Oak Lawn, IL.  

At MacNeal Hospital where she works, Pat has shown commitment toward her peers and promotion of CMSRN certification. She has spent endless hours of organizing study classes, providing round-the-clock information sessions to all shifts of nurses, and presenting the value of certification at council and unit meetings.

Additionally, she has been instrumental in her hospital's Magnet designation. Whether garnering support for certification from leadership, supporting the nurse in getting certified, or advocating for the patient in the inter-professional team, Pat has demonstrated the credibility, commitment, and confidence that come with her CMSRN credential.

Congratulations, Pat, on being the first recipient of the CMSRN of Distinction Award.