Nast Achieves Certification as Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner

Deanna Nast, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNP-BC, CHFN, WRMC Heart Failure APRN(Batesville, Ark.) Gary Bebow, White River Health System CEO, announced the certification of Deanna Nast, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNP-BC, CHFN, as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) Practitioner by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurse (AAHFN).

Certification promotes the highest standards of practice for clinicians caring for patients with congestive heart failure.  The candidates for certification are required to meet practice requirements and demonstrate a specialized knowledge in heart failure and disease management.  Certification exams are offered at an annual conference in June or at local computer testing sites. Currently only four nursing professionals in Arkansas have achieved the CHFN certification.

“Deanna’s commitment to life-long learning and patient care provide the foundation for excellent patient care,” said Bebow. “As the provider in our WRMC Heart Failure Clinic, Deanna’s skills are improving the health and quality of life for patients living with congestive heart failure.”

The WRMC Heart Failure Clinic is located inside the Diagnostic Clinic at WRMC.  The clinic uses a multidisciplinary approach to optimize the health of patients living with heart failure.  The program includes medication management, personalized care plans, patient education, and when needed referrals to community health and social services.  The heart failure care team includes Cardiologists, Dieticians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Primary Care Providers. Deanna remarked, “Our community deserves a program that upholds the highest standards of care to improve their quality of life.”

Deanna is a Batesville native.  Her husband, Ryan Nast, and their four children live in Batesville. Her children are 6th generation Batesville natives. Deanna developed a passion for nursing as a candy striper at age 16. She worked as a Patient Care Tech on WRMC’s 3rd floor while attending nursing school. In 2003, she graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2010, she earned a Masters in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her nursing experience includes bedside nursing in the Intensive Care Unit and APRN experience in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and Cardiology.

Deanna serves as an adjunct instructor for the Registered Nurse program at University of Arkansas Community College of Batesville (UACCB).  Deanna is a published author with articles printed in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She presented at an education session of the National Nurse Practitioner conference in Las Vegas. 
“I get great joy from sharing knowledge, whether it is to my patients, co-workers, or students,” said Nast.  “I find that learning is a reciprocal process because I learn something new every day, and I cherish my interactions with my patients as they also have a lot to teach me.”

The Heart Failure Clinic is located inside the Diagnostic Clinic at WRMC at 3443 Harrison St. in Batesville. Referrals may be made to the heart failure clinic by calling 870-698-1635.

About AAHFNThe American Association of Heart Failure Nurses unite professionals in the support and advancement of heart failure practice, education and research to promote optimal patient outcomes. AAHFN is dedicated to advancing its nursing education, clinical practice and research with the goal of setting the highest standards for heart failure nursing care. Learn more at, 888-45-AAHFN.

About WRHS
WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care, specialty physician office practices, and senior life centers.  WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.