Credentials MSN, RN Place of Employment: Nurse-Family Partnership at Goodwill of Central & Southern IN Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of? ANA, ISNA Board(s) currently serving on: IN Center for Nursing, Community Action of Greater Indianapolis
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position? I lead a nurse-led, evidence based community health program in Indiana (Nurse-Family Partnership), and wanted to bring attention to nurse’s role in community health, and in addressing social determinants of health
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader? I have several mentors, and seek out opportunities to learn- both formally and informally.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example? I have worked to connect our Community Action organization with the School of Medicine and we’re exploring ways we can research how improving housing can improve health outcomes.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time? Take a lot of time to listen and learn, then seek to influence in a way that capitalizes on your expertise and experience in healthcare.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards? To represent “health in all policies”- to borrow a phrase from the American Public Health Assoc.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards? Time limitations.
- MSN, RN
“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.