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Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of: WVLN, WVNA, ANA
Board(s) currently serving on: WVLN, Arthritis Foundation
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
I was inspired to seek a board position because of my passion for health policy change. I want to help change the healthcare system to provide more optimal outcomes for the residents of WV.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I have taken leadership modules with the Future of Nursing WV and participated in my DNP Leadership Clinical Immersion courses.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
Serving on the Arthritis Foundation Leadership board, I have become the Chair of the Volunteer Engagement Committee.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
I would advise them to get to know the organization and the responsibilities of being a board member. I also recommend taking leadership courses, modules, or preceptorship/mentorship.
What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader and eventually obtaining a board position?
The Future Nursing WV Leadership modules are a good resource.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
I feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards because we need to exercise our professional expertise collaboratively with members of the community that are unaware of all the resources nurses can offer.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
For me, it was not knowing where to look for board positions, and how to put myself out there. There needs to be a ‘resource bank’ or some type of registry where nurses can connect with those organizations that are interested in having nurses on their boards.
“Board service can be rewarding to nurses both personally and professionally. It not only requires them to exercise leadership; it expands those skills and advances their capabilities and knowledge. It gives nurses the chance to meet people and enhance their professional networks. And it can be inspirational and empowering.” -Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) represents national nursing and other organizations working to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions.