Volunteer Units

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is a vibrant community of medical-surgical nurses who care about:

  • Improving patient care,
  • Developing personally & professionally,
  • Advocating for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing,
  • Connecting with other nurses who share their compassion & commitment.

Serving as a volunteer helps you grow from a rewarding and educational experience. Volunteers are the means by which AMSN achieves its goals.

Types of Volunteer Units

In addition to the Board of Directors, AMSN has many volunteer units to accomplish the strategic plan and goals of the organization. There are those with regular ongoing responsibilities: standing committees, coordinators and representatives.

AMSN also forms task forces as needed to accomplish special projects. A chair and members are selected for the duration of the project and disbanded once it is complete.

Becoming Part of a Volunteer Unit

The majority of volunteers are selected through a “Call for Volunteers” that is emailed to all AMSN members. The Call outlines the specific responsibilities of the position, time commitment, and eligibility criteria. Candidates for volunteer units with multiple members are usually selected based on the need for geographic, practice and educational diversity.

View Policy 4.1: Volunteer Units Role Description.

It's All About YOU! - AMSN Volunteers!

Tell us the story of your experiences as an AMSN volunteer in It's All About YOU!. How has your involvement serving AMSN as a volunteer benefited you personally and professionally?

Read the stories, and/or share a story of your own!

Thank You AMSN Volunteers!

The AMSN Board of Directors wishes to express its appreciation to the coordinators, representatives, committee and task force chairs and the many volunteer unit members who generously donated their time and talents to AMSN by serving at the national level.

View the past & present AMSN Volunteers.

Volunteer Units

Below are the AMSN Volunteer Units:


The Ambassadors are long time AMSN members, CMSRNs, and experienced volunteers who are carefully selected to staff exhibits for the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) at selected nursing conferences around the country and the AMSN Annual Convention.

The role of the Ambassador is to promote the visibility and programs of AMSN and MSNCB at the the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Annual Convention, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Annual Meeting & Exposition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, and the annual Nursing Management Congress.

Coordinator: Kathleen A. Reeves, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE

AMSN PRISM Award® Committee

The AMSN PRISM Award recognizes exemplary medical-surgical nursing units. Committee members review blinded applications and use an objective scoring tool to determine if the unit has achieved the award.

Learn more about the AMSN PRISM Award.

Chairperson: Ron Martin MSN, MA, RN, CMSRN, OCN

Read the role descriptions of the AMSN PRISM Award Committee.

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice Committee of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) supports the mission to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing. It addresses issues that are related to clinical practice in medical-surgical nursing, by expanding the awareness and utilization of evidenced-based practice (EBP), and performance/quality improvement among medical-surgical nurses.

The Clinical Practice Committee is the driving force behind the Clinical Practice Q&A area.

Visit Clinical Practice

Chairperson: Cynthia Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC


The Legislative Coordinator encourages involvement of AMSN and medical-surgical nurses in legislative issues primarily through our website, email communication, and social media.

Visit the Legislative area of the AMSN Website.

Coordinator: Yalanda Comeaux, MSN, MJ, RN, CMSRN

MedSurg Matters! Newsletter

MedSurg Matters! is a member newsletter where the committee writes articles, helps recruit and coach new writers, and provides peer review for articles.

Learn more about MedSurg Matters!

Editor: Molly McClelland, PhD, MSN, RN, CMSRN


The Nominating Committee handles the process for AMSN elections. This requires preparation of the slate of candidates for the national elections held each spring.

Learn more about AMSN Elections.

Chairperson: Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS,BC, CMSRN


The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) is an organization seeking to improve healthcare quality standards.

Learn more about the NAQC.

Representative: Maggie Windle, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Program Planning

The AMSN Annual Convention is the premier medical-surgical nursing education event. The Program Planning Committee members plan and select educational programs for the annual convention. They also provide staff support at the convention.

Learn more about the AMSN Annual Convention.

Chairperson: Jennifer Palmer, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Research Coordinator and Team

The Research Coordinator evaluates a variety of AMSN research activities using his or her knowledge and experience in research.

The Research Team reviews AMSN research grant applications and proposals to select recipients.

View the Research Coordinator and Team.

Coordinator: Michael Evans, PhD, MSEd, RN, CMSRN, ACNS, CNE

Scholarship & Awards

The Scholarship & Awards Committee annually distributes $40,000, or an amount specified by the Board of Directors, in scholarships, grants, and awards to advance the nursing profession by rewarding excellent medical-surgical practice and by providing financial support for medical-surgical nurses.

Visit the Scholarship & Awards Committee.

Chair: Cynthia Kelly, RN, CMSRN, CCCTM


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