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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.

Sandra D Daniel PhD, RN

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
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

- MSN, RN, CARN
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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- MSN
Boards: Everthrive Illinois
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Randi Kopf RN, MS, JD, BS

Nurses have a unique perspective to contribute to any board not just scientific/nursing/medical/pharmaceutical knowledge, but also unique problem solving skills utilizing their experiences of the human condition, the ability to integrate large amounts of data to determine what people need, how they respond to situations to solve problems that can be urgent, chronic or challenging that will be an asset to any board. Continue Reading

- RN, MS, JD, BS
Boards: The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Foundation, The Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Chesapeake Nurse Attorneys, Inc.
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Pamela Waite MSN, RN-BC, MHSA

I was actually invited to be a member of both of these Boards due to my leadership roles in behavioral health. I was finished with school, no children, and had the time. Continue Reading

- MSN, RN-BC, MHSA
Boards: County Alcohol/Drug Board; Pathways Counseling Board
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