Tru Byrnes, DNP, RN, CNL, GERO-BC, CMSRN, began her nursing career 13 years ago as a medical-surgical nurse. She received her BSN at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2008), MSN-Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) at Queens University at Charlotte (2014), and DNP in nursing leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2019).
She is currently working as a CNL at Atrium Health-Carolinas Medical Center. She has been practicing in the CNL role for the last 10 years, working with medical-surgical patients and older adults. In this role, Byrnes discovered her passion for improving care delivery for older adults. She has led groundbreaking work around early delirium detection and treatment at her facility, resulting in multiple publications and the honor of the 2021 NICHE-ABIM Foundation Choosing Wisely: Clinical Innovation Award.
Byrnes is also a NICHE (Nurse Improving for HealthSystem Older Adults) program coordinator providing ongoing support and disseminating geriatric education to clinical nurses to improve care delivery for older adults. In 2019, she was named one of the Great 100 nurses of North Carolina for her significant contributions to patients, colleagues, and the profession of nursing.