Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of: American College of Nurse Midwives
Board(s) currently serving on: Virginia Maternal Mortality Commission
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
I wanted to help solve vital and urgent problems the board was addressing or should be addressing.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
Be actively involved in issues that are very akin to my over 45 years of experience in nursing leadership positions. I read extensively and in many related fields.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
Addressing issues in OHIO on maternal mortality and translating these into workable solutions and developing communication plans for the multi-disciplined parties who need to be involved to make the necessary changes.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Read all about Board’s jurisdiction, look up who the members are and who they represent, what interests they serve, and read minutes or any reports on line if so distributed. Try to read the annual report. All this is to answer the vital question, DO I WANT TO WORK WITH THESE FOLKS?
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?
Observe other people in leadership positions and analyze their techniques and success efforts. Talk to others about what qualities are needed to be an effective leader. Watch TV and observe successful leaders.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
They have great insight into the health dilemmas being faced and certainly know first-hand the patient and family perspective. This perspective is so pitifully lost by people making laws and regulations.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
The image of nursing, fostered by tv shows, as young and attractive people following doctor orders.
“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.