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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.

Brenda Petersen PhD, MSN, RN, APN-C, CPNP-PC

The profession of nursing has so much under-utilized power due to the fact that not every nurse is a member of the ANA.  I seek to inspire the next generation of nurses to have a voice by being active members of ANA, and to become a member of a Board and the NOBC. Continue Reading

Boards: New Jersey Physicians Advisory Group
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Beverly Sigl Felten PhD, RN, APNP

Ethics, responsibility, preparation, discomfort with the status quo. Shortly after coming onto the ESSFTA board, I learned of this organization being a leader in supporting Canine Health Organization research. In response to discussion, I volunteered to write a lay synapsis of each of the five grants supported by ESSFTA focusing on tick borne illness. In those summaries, I used my PhD in nursing research to explain why each of these studies was important, how each added to the knowledge, integrated how this information applied to human health, and explained how the each of supported studies related to the other four. I previously was on the board of Citizens Against Drug/Impaired Drivers (CANDID). Continue Reading

Boards: English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, Cudahy Kennel Club
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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

Boards: The Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners
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