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.

Barbara Christianson BSN, RN, PHN, CLC, Birth Doula

Previous experience writing policy for breastfeeding rights of student mothers on California State University Channel Islands campus. Continue Reading

- BSN, RN, PHN, CLC, Birth Doula
Boards: Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Ventura County
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Ann Scott Blouin RN, Ph.D., FACHE

After years of clinical practice, management and consulting, I knew that I could ‘make a difference’ as a nurse leader by serving on a board. Nurses have a unique voice on boards:  balancing the patient and family perspective with the organizational perspective most effectively. Continue Reading

- RN, Ph.D., FACHE
Boards: IHI, America's Essential Hospitals Institute Board
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Ann Petersen-Smith PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC

Your movement got me started. I spent 6 years on the NAPNAP Executive Board and many years on my local NAPNAP board. While on the Exec Board this program started. I have also been on my local chapter for STTI. Continue Reading

- PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC
Boards: The Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners
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Amy McCarthy MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC

This experience allowed me to understand nursing, not just at the bedside, but on a local, state and national level. This experience inspired me to be a better nurse, patient advocate and leader. Continue Reading

- MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC
Boards: DFW Great 100 Nurses (President-Elect), Texas Action Coalition (Communications Lead), Nurses on Boards Coalition (Board Member, representing the Texas Action Coalition)
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Amy Bruce MSN, RN, ME-BC

I was inspired to seek a board position because of my passion for health policy change. I want to help change the healthcare system to provide more optimal outcomes for the residents of WV. Continue Reading

- MSN, RN, ME-BC
Boards: WVLN, Arthritis Foundation
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