Credentials MSN, RN, CMSRN
Place of Employment: Cleveland Clinic Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of? Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, Association for Nursing Professional Development
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position? Being a nurse for 20 years, I am ready to give back and serve the community with a unique perspective in a way not available in the hospital.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader? I currently volunteer time speaking at public libraries regarding the opioid crisis and assisting our local school nurse with health care days. I stay current in the literature to be abreast of evidence based practice. Leadership seminars and classes provide a knowledge base.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards? On a recent trip to the statehouse, I had the opportunity to hear several discussions about healthcare without a nurse present. Nurses have an expertise that translates to the corporate setting by communicating and providing care to others.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards? Knowledge of the process is the most significant barrier.
- MSN, RN, CMSRN
“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.