Alliance Founding Members
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

AMSN is a vibrant community of approximately 10,000 medical-surgical nurses who care about improving patient care, developing personally and professionally, advocating for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing and connecting with others who share their compassion and commitment. The strategic goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge; professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health.

Meet our Alliance partners
Dr. Beth Quatrara

Dr. Beth Quatrara
Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Digestive Health department at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System. In addition, she is the Director of the Health System’s Nursing Research Program, where she provides mentorship to nurse clinicians throughout the research process. Dr. Quatrara is also a Clinical Instructor at the UVA School of Nursing where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Dr. Quatrara is currently a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses. She is published on patient care issues within digestive health patient populations as well as various nursing research topics.

Dr. Quatrara received her B.S. in Nursing at the State University of New York at Binghamton, her M.S. in Nursing at the University of Virginia, and her D.N.P. at the University of Virginia.  In 2011, the University of Virginia School of Nursing awarded Dr. Quatrara with the Innovative Teaching Award and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Award.

Dr. Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk

Dr. Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk

Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, is Vice President for organizational development at Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), an association management company specializing in management of professional nursing associations. Dr. Hnatiuk is a registered nurse who has many years of leadership, organizational management, staff education, and publishing experience.

In her role at AJJ, Dr. Hnatiuk is the executive director of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board. She oversees the management of all operations for the organizations and leads and supervises all staff functions.  Dr. Hnatiuk works in partnership with the boards of directors to lead the strategic direction of the organizations and provides leadership development for the boards and volunteer leaders.

Dr. Hnatiuk is also the executive director of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.  She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is a certified association executive (CAE).  She obtained her doctorate in adult education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She received her master’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Ohio and her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo. She is the author of Mentoring the Stars: A program for volunteer board leaders (2009, second edition).


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