Clinical Nurse Specialist Earns Unique Certification
Angela Thomas, RN, MSN, has been named a clinical nurse specialist in case management by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. This is a great professional milestone, but when Thomas submitted her application, she encountered something unexpected. There hasn’t been anyone like her before. Clinical nurse specialists work in hospitals. Thomas is the first clinical nurse specialist in North Carolina who is a case manager and works outside the hospital.
“I tell people all of the time that we are reinventing health care at Triad HealthCare Network,” says Cone Health Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer Mary Jo Cagle, MD. “We are taking people out of the hospital and positioning them closer to our patients. It is a great example of how we are improving the care we provide our patients.”
Thomas is part of the care management team that supports Triad HealthCare Network. The accountable care organization uses a team of professionals — including case managers — to work with patients once they leave the hospital. The goal is to educate the patients and remove the obstacles that prevent them from better managing their chronic health conditions. This leads to better health and fewer emergency department visits and hospital stays.
Thomas earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from Walden University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Golden Key International Honor Society. Thomas graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is a nationally certified case manager.
Thomas’ application was sponsored by Triad HealthCare Network Chief Clinical Officer Tom Wall, MD.