Radicle Health is excited to announce that Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC, Chief Visionary Officer has been elected president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) for the 2019-2022 term. As president elect in 2019, Eloise will work closely with Carey Clark PhD, RN, AHN-BC, the current President of ACNA, before transitioning into the role full time in 2020.
The ACNA is a nonprofit nursing organization founded in 2010 by Ed Glick and Mary Lynn Mathre. The ACNA’s mission is to advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research, and policy development. Since its incorporation, membership has grown to over 1100 licensed and registered nurses across the United States.
Eloise is a board-certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a masters in nursing, and prior to working in the cannabis space, Eloise had 14 years experience in oncology at John Muir. Eloise started her own cannabis practice about 4 years ago. During that time, she has treated over 5000 patients using cannabis.
As President of ACNA, Eloise will rely on her clinical and educational experience to help elevate the ACNA’s voice and to ensure that the organization remains dedicated to its members and patients. Her previous work with the ACNA helped launch the first online core curriculum for nurses, and she hopes to promote educational opportunities for nurses who want to learn about cannabis as a treatment modality. Because she has been treating patients with cannabis for the past five years, Eloise has built a broad knowledge of treatment protocols and understands the skills and knowledge required by cannabis healthcare professionals (HCP). She intends to apply her experience in nursing and education to promote ACNA’s goals and to grow the organization’s membership.
“As more of the science around the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) evolves, nurses will become increasingly interested in cannabis as a medicine,” stated Eloise. “It is imperative that, as a cannabis nursing organization, the ACNA provides nurses and other HCP’s with the highest quality of education. It is an exciting time to be involved in cannabis nursing and I look forward to continuing to build an industry for nurses.”
Radicle Health is confident that, under Eloise’s leadership, the ACNA will continue to provide legitimacy to the field, as well as access and improved outcomes for patients.