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.

Thomas Veeser RN, MS

My first Board was on the American Heart Association. I learned that at the Board level I could influence more directly where an organization put its energy to achieve its mission. I also learned skills and communications that aided me in all activities professionally and personally that allow me to better effect change. Continue Reading

- RN, MS
Boards: Ascension Quality, Gold Cross Ambulance Company, Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Appleton Homeless Connections
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Teresa Garrett DNP, RN, APHN-BC

It’s time to leverage the trust that patients and families give to our profession by serving our communities on boards. We offer a unique, caring perspective not available by any other professional group. Continue Reading

- DNP, RN, APHN-BC
Boards: American Public Health Association Action Board, Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders, Utah Action Coalition, Holy Cross Ministries, YWCA Public Policy Board, Salt Lake City Police Civilian Review Board
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Terence Mason RN, BSN

No voice for staff RNs. Continue Reading

- RN, BSN
Boards: Arizona Emergency Medical Systems
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Sylvia Miller MSN, RN

When ANCL began promoting board membership it made me think about what I could do and contribute to. I got involved in ARIN with projects and I began reaching out to organizations that had a mission I could connect with. When I found Young Audiences, I felt they were an organization I would like to contribute to. Continue Reading

- MSN, RN
Boards: ARIN and Young Audiences Northern California
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Surani Hayre-Kwan RN, MSN, MBA, FNP-BC

I feel strongly that nurses bring a unique perspective to boards; our connection with the patient makes us all advocates and nursing is a role that naturally brings out leadership skills. Continue Reading

- RN, MSN, MBA, FNP-BC
Boards: California Association for Nurse Practitioners- North Bay Chapter, Board President; Northern California Center for Well Being Board Secretary; Pediatric Dental Initiative Board President; Santa Rosa Junior College Nurse Program Advisory Board Chairperson; North Coast Concussion Management Board of Directors; Disability Services and Legal Center Board of Directors
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