The Reason I Serve

For advice and inspiration, we invite you to read the real life experiences from nurses serving on all types of boards, large and small, local and national, healthcare and non-healthcare related to learn more about their paths to the boardroom.

Vivienne Friday EdD, RN

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Boards: CLN Advisory Board
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Vi-Anne Antrum MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

My journey to the boardroom was guided by having a mentor outside of nursing at the time, my Chief Operating Officer. He saw a great deal of potential in me and was serving as the ACHE Regent for my area. He invited me to attend the Board of Directors meeting for my local chapter, Healthcare Executive Forum, and sponsored my place on the Board… Continue Reading

Boards: Healthcare Executive Forum, Inc., AMSN Chapter #604, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
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Varsha Singh MSN, APN

I started in 2003 as a student and never stopped. I became NJSNA member in 2005 as soon as I graduated and in 2009 I volunteered to secretary position at NJSNA Region 3.  Next year I was approved to run as President-Elect and I served the Board as President from 2014-2016.2017. I was elected as NJ Stroke Coordinator’s Consortium President where I had also served as secretary. I was engaged in FNAP as Publicity chair and I came on Board as president starting 2018. I am looking forward to my new role as Director at large for ANA in 2019-2020. Continue Reading

Boards: FNAP/NJSNA, SATHI Advisory Board
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Tracey Smith

Don’t be afraid and believe that you have something to add. I know in the beginning I thought “what can I offer to this board- I don’t have anything special” but everyone has something to offer. Continue Reading

Boards: Carlinville School Board, Carlinville Hospital Board, Helping Hands Board, Mercy Communities Board
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Tina Marie Baxter APRN, GNP-BC

Pulling nurses away from patient care may not seem to be in the best interest of the organization, but I would say, having the input of the nurse, ultimately is patient care because nurses are the ones who spend the majority of the time with the patient. Continue Reading

Boards: Meals on Wheels of Hancock County, Anderson/Madison County Black and Minority Chamber of Commerce
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