Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of:
Board(s) currently serving on: Morongo Basin Healthcare District
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
As a nurse I always believed in innovation and always had ideas, but didn’t always feel heard. I was never interested in doing something just because that was the way it had always been done. I did a rotation working as a home health nurse in my rural community and my eyes were open to the overwhelming lack of access, chronic health disparities, and the confusion my patients has with the healthcare system. I ran for my position as board of director to be their voice, connect our small community to valuable programs and resources and to drive a health policy that works to improve the health and wellness of my community.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I am working with the national nurses united to support Medicare for all by participating in events with plans to hold my own event. I also in my work am helping build a special health program. I went to the Association of CA healthcare districts conference to make sure I know what’s going on in my state. I also am looking for opportunities to volunteer on committees and additional boards.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
I think my biggest impact had been to encourage programs that we know our community needs. Like our transportation services as well as promoting innovation and community partnerships.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Go into it to be a voice and never forget that responsibility. Reach out and learn from other board members and mentors.
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?
Go to some local meetings of different boards. Go around to some nonprofit groups in your community and see the needs. Find other people that have ran and been elected to mentor you.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
Nurses are relevant. We are trained to think critically and problem solve while advocate. We are naturally creative and develop creative solutions. We love people.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
Unawareness of our unique abilities and how it is relevant to governance.
“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.