Place of Employment: 2592
Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of: 2592
Board(s) currently serving on: Oakwood Lutheran Homes (chair) and several other subsidiary boards.
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
I have served on many boards since the age of 30. My parents were both community leaders and I followed their guidance and wisdom in how giving back is an essential life journey.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I am telling my friends in business that nurses are talented contributors to society. We often have skills not typically represented on “boards.” We are good problem solvers, our educational backgrounds are diverse, and we are taught holistic approaches to societal challenges. We care about human growth and success and are good listeners. These are all essential talents and skills needed by society.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
I have learned to listen more, to reach out to those with less “voice”, and to be patient and respectful. I think these lessons make me a better contributor and leader.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Be strong, reach out to those already in place, take some time to understand the organizations mission and vision, and be prepared before you say something. Work hard on developing financial literacy and cultural competency about the organizations you are interested in.
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?
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
We are a meaningful part of society for many reasons, we have solid problem-solving skills, we know the importance of listening, and we know the value of added kindness.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
We are perceived as care givers rather than intellectuals.