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.

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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Stephanie McGuire MS, APRN, NP-BC

The Nurses on Boards initiative substantiated my desire to use my nursing experience and expertise to serve my community in ways outside of direct patient care. Serving on the board of the local VNA was a perfect opportunity that I identified through the local United Way “volunteer opportunities” online. Continue Reading

- MS, APRN, NP-BC
Boards: Farmington Valley VNA
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Stacy McNall MSN, RN, IBCLC

Outside of my love for the nursing profession, I have a passion for music and music education. I was a music teacher prior to attending nursing school, so this is my way of staying connected to my music passion. Continue Reading

- MSN, RN, IBCLC
Boards: Spotlight on Kids
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Sherry Fieroh RN, MSN, CAPA

Realize that it will require more time than you thought. Ask questions all the time and use your other board members skills. Give lots of positive feedback to those you serve with. Continue Reading

- RN, MSN, CAPA
Boards: NYSPANA
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Shannon Stone DNP, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, NEA-BC, CNML

I became a nurse in 2012 after having been in restaurant management for over ten years. I felt compelled to make a difference in others’ lives after my uncle suffered a fatal hemorrhagic stroke at a young age. As a neuroscience nurse, I realized the potential of nurses educating the community regarding the effects of strokes and the implication of leading unhealthy lifestyles… Continue Reading

- DNP, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, NEA-BC, CNML
Boards: American Board of Neuroscience Nurses, American Board of Nursing Specialties, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives
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