Pamela Waite

Pamela Waite MSN, RN-BC, MHSA July 6, 2017

Credentials MSN, RN-BC, MHSA
Place of Employment Metor Hospital Assn.
Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of? OAC, OPNA, NEONI
Board(s) currently serving on County Alcohol/Drug Board; Pathways Counseling Board

Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
I was actually invited to be a member of both of these Boards due to my leadership roles in behavioral health. I was finished with school, no children, and had the time.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
Attend all meetings and read all correspondence. I have been President of the ADAS Board as well.

What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
Aside from BH nursing leadership knowledge and experience, I also bring hospital experience.

What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Attend all meetings; read and understand all correspondence and importantly read the responsibilities of Board members.

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?
Use the internet to locate the nurses on boards info. Talk to colleagues who are on boards.

Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
Our holistic philosophy and view of patients and healthcare.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
12 hour shifts; family and school responsibilities; it seems that older nurses are more readily available to be on boards.

- MSN, RN-BC, MHSA
Boards: County Alcohol/Drug Board; Pathways Counseling Board
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