Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of:
Board(s) currently serving on: VOA of MN/WI
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
I have a desire to bring skills to the table and serve in a larger capacity.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I participate in board training, online classes, and reading relevant materials.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
Example: The board wanted a dashboard from the organization and the organization brought a dashboard that did not include satisfaction from those that we serve. After input from myself and the importance of that metric for the role of the board, it was added.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Read a good Board Book, talk with the CEO of the organization and ask what they expect you to bring that will add value to the organization, don’t be afraid to speak up, and be respectful of all.
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?
BOOK: Governance as Leadership ARTICLES: Building Better Board – HBR; The View from the boardroom – McKinsey Qtrly; The board role in strategic thinking and planning – createthefuture.com
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
Nurses have the wisdom of caring and the wisdom of the patient/customer first as well as scientific problem-solving skills.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on 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.