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The Harriet Coeling Award for Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice Excellence

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Northeast Ohio area for outstanding professional achievement in the three spheres of CNS impact.  The award acknowledges a nurse who demonstrates CNS competencies and exemplary practice in patient care, nursing and health care delivery systems.

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Harriet Coeling Award Application

Deborah Avallone MSN, APRN-CNS, CDES -2022 Recipient

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic there was no recipient of the Harriet Coeling Award in 2020

Janet Kloos PhD, APRN-CCNS, CCRN- 2019 Recipient

Full announcement coming soon!

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN-2018 Recipient

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Bette Idemoto, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN - 2017 Recipient 

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Mary Beth Modic, DNP, RN, CNS, CDE - 2016 Recipient

Dr. Modic is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She also holds a position as the Director of Professional Enrichment in the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication. 

Dr. Modic is known for her work in inpatient diabetes management, bedside teaching, and patient education. She led the curriculum revision for the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Self-Management (DSME) program which was based on extensive patient feedback. She serves as a faculty member in the Foundations for Healthcare Communication Course, Interprofessionalism Course and LEAD – a clinical leadership enrichment and dialogue program for bedside nurses. One of her most notable accomplishments has been the creation and sustainment of a vibrant Diabetes Management Mentor program which provides bedside nurses with advanced knowledge about effective inpatient diabetes management strategies.

Dr. Modic has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles which have appeared in both nursing and medical journals and is a national and international presenter. Her work has been published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Journal of Nursing Administration, Orthopedic Nursing, Applied Nursing Research and Journal for Nurses in Professional Development where she co-authors a bimonthly column on preceptorship.  She has authored on-line educational materials for GE Healthcare and Elsevier/Mosby.  She has been a frequent presenter at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) national meetings and has been a consultant to hospitals throughout the United States on precepting issues and inpatient diabetes management practices.

She is an active volunteer at Medworks, an organization that provides free medical care and health screenings to Cleveland’s underinsured and uninsured residents. She also leads the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute’s “No Sew” Fleece Blanket making initiative which makes and donates over 900 blankets each year to a men’s homeless shelter in Northeast, Ohio. She is a member of the National Association Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS) CNS Core Competency Task Force and serves as President of the Northeast Ohio Clinical Nurse Specialist (NEOCNS) Affiliate.


Harriet Coeling, PhD, RN - 2015 Recipient

Dr. Harriet van Ess Coeling has been a nurse for over 50 years. During her career, she has influenced and advanced the practice of nursing through her teaching, research and publications. Dr. Coeling received her BSN degree and her MS degree from the University of Michigan in one of the first adult clinical nurse specialists programs in the nation. Upon graduation she and a fellow classmate took positions as the first CNSs at what is now the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she also served as a faculty member in the School of Nursing. Dr. Coeling obtained additional education in Nursing Curriculum Development and Nursing Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Coeling’s experience includes critical care, staff development, nursing management and nursing faculty, where she served as the Adult CNS Program Coordinator at Kent State University. In her retirement she continues her involvement with the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association and Ohio Nurses Assocaition and also serves as Editor Emeritus of one of the American Nurses Association’s scholarly journals, OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, and as a Volunteer Staff Member for Nurses Christian Fellowship in Northeast Ohio.  

NEOCNS honors Dr. Coeling for her inspiration and vision in establishing the NEOCNS affiliate with the creation of the Harriet Coeling Award for CNS Practice Excellence.


 Cleveland, Ohio 44101

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