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.


In my role as a nursing leader I have presented data to many hospital and health system boards and now I work at the hospital association level and work with many senior executives and trustees. I have extensive experience in educating executives on value based purchasing and how to understand the shortfalls and strengths of quality measurement and reporting… Continue Reading

Boards: Arizona Action Coalition, Arizona Organizations of Nurse Executives, Carver Estates Home Association; Attorney General Healthcare Advisory Board
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Sandra Ranck MSN, RN

I had been active in my community and in my local and state nursing organizations. I felt making the leap to a regulatory board was a logical next step! Continue Reading

Boards: Ohio Board of Nursing
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Sandra D Daniel PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing

As a nurse, nursing educator, and dean, I believe that it is imperative for our profession to have a voice by serving on boards that directly impact health care and education. Much of my work is focused on advocating for nursing and health care and this can be more effectively accomplished by serving in leadership positions. Geographically, I represent small rural underserved communities. I can advocate for the many challenges faced by populations living in these areas. Board membership provides the mechanism for me to work collectively with other members as we address the complex issues that we face. It is becoming a part of the solution. Continue Reading

- PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing
Boards: Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center Board of Directors, SOWEGA-AHEC Board of Directors (Chair), Emory Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board
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Rosemary Smentkowski MSN, RN, CARN

A local assembly woman held a round table discussion about the opiate crisis. I called and asked to be invited. There were 20+ people going around the table giving input to the question, “who is missing from this table?” I was last to go and said “nurses, I’m the only nurse here. Nurses need to be invited to the war on drugs.” I was sitting next to our Board of Addiction Services. He turned to me and said, ” I don’t have a nurse on my board, would you consider it?” I’ve been serving ever since. My first nursing board position was on IntNSA. Dottie Shoemaker reached out to me after meeting at a conference. She said, “they need you.” I said, “I don’t have anything to offer.” She said, “of course you do!” With her coaxing, I got elected to the IntNSA and now serve as chair of the Addiction Nursing Certification Board. Continue Reading

Boards: Addiction Nursing Certification Board, STTI (home Chapter), Monmouth County Board of Addiction Services
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Robin Hannon MSN

My commitment as a nurse to improving services for families in Illinois across the lifespan

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Boards: Everthrive Illinois
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