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Med-Surg Moments is the official podcast of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)*. Our podcast offers an engaging look at the lives of - and surrounding- medical-surgical nurses. We’ll have guests on from every corner of the industry, bringing you stories that are relatable and compelling on myriad topics.

Our goal is to bring you interesting perspectives and insights that will serve you at any step of your nursing career. We truly intend this podcast to be an exciting, interesting go-to source for our listeners, and Med-Surg Moments will creatively incorporate voices from all backgrounds, to help highlight the issues facing you in our medical-surgical nursing community.

You can be assured we’ll do our very best to bring this podcast, always, with personality and compassion, and accuracy in our coverage.

* The content within the Med-Surg Moments Podcast represents the views, thoughts, and opinions of the co-hosts and may not necessarily reflect the views, thoughts, and opinions of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. 

Jun 4, 2024

Ever wondered what exactly is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and how is it different from other advanced practice RN roles?  Join the co-hosts as they welcome special guest NACNS President Dr. Jennifer Manning who shares her unexpected journey and covers everything you need to know about the role of CNS. 
Learn more about the National Association of Clinicial Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist at

Jennifer Manning, DNS, ACNS-BC, CNE, FCNS is a Board-Certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She completed her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Degrees at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (LSUHSC SON). Dr. Manning began her nursing career as a critical care registered nurse and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Programs at LSUHSC SON. Her teaching responsibilities include educating in both the DNP and Ph.D. programs at LSUHSC SON. Dr. Manning serves as the nurse researcher at East Jefferson General Hospital. She is the current President of the National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and a board member of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).



Samantha Bayne, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NPD-BC is a nursing professional development practitioner in the inland northwest specializing in medical-surgical nursing. The first four years of her practice were spent bedside on a busy ortho/neuro unit where she found her passion for newly graduated RNs, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professional governance. Sam is an unwavering advocate for medical-surgical nursing as a specialty and enjoys helping nurses prepare for specialty certification. 


Laura Johnson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CMSRN has been a nurse since 2008 with a background in Med/Surg and Oncology.  She is a native Texan currently working in the Dallas area.  She has held many positions throughout her career from bedside nurse to management/leadership to education.  Laura obtained her MSN in nursing education in 2018 and is currently pursuing her DNP.  She has worked both as a bedside educator and a nursing professional development practitioner for both new and experienced staff.  She enjoys working with the nurse residency program as a specialist in palliative care/end of life nursing and mentorship.  She is currently an NPD practitioner for oncology and bone marrow transplant units.  



Neil H. Johnson, RN, BSN, CMSRN, epitomizes a profound familial commitment to the nursing profession, marking the third generation in his family to tread this esteemed path. Following the footsteps of his father, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, and cousin, all distinguished nurses, Neil transitioned to nursing as a second career after a brief tenure as an elementary school teacher. Currently on the verge of completing his MSN in nurse education, he aspires to seamlessly integrate his dual passions. Apart from his unwavering dedication to nursing, Neil actively seeks serenity in nature alongside his canine companions. In his professional capacity, he fulfills the role of a med-surg nurse at the Moses Cone Health System in North Carolina.


Eric Torres, ADN, RN, CMSRN is a California native that has always dreamed of seeing the World, and when that didn’t work out, he set his sights on nursing.  Eric is beyond excited to be joining the AMSN podcast and having a chance to share his stories and experiences of being a bedside medical-surgical nurse.


Maritess M. Quinto, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CMSRN is a clinical educator currently leading a team of educators who is passionately helping healthcare colleagues, especially newly graduate nurses. She was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her family in Florida. Her family of seven (three girls and two boys with her husband who is also a Registered Nurse) loves to travel, especially to Disney World. She loves to share her experiences about parenting, travelling, and, of course, nursing!


Sydney Wall, RN, BSN, CMSRN has been a med surg nurse for 5 years. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 2019, Sydney commissioned into the Navy and began her nursing career working on a cardiac/telemetry unit in Bethesda, Maryland.  Currently she is stationed overseas, providing care for service members and their families.  During her free time, she enjoys martial arts and traveling.