Credentials MSN, RN, IBCLC Place of Employment SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of? AWHONN, ANA Board(s) currently serving on Spotlight on Kids
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
Outside of my love for the nursing profession, I have a passion for music and music education. I was a music teacher prior to attending nursing school, so this is my way of staying connected to my music passion.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
In both my personal and professional life, I am always looking for ways to continue to grow and learn more as a leader. I volunteer my time and energy to many organizations as an avenue to learn more.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
I have been an active participant in many fundraising activities throughout the community that have allowed us to continue to live our mission to bring music and music education to all.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Start by volunteering with an organization that you are interested in. Often, they will see your interest and approach you with leadership opportunities.
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?
Find a mentor who you can talk freely with about your ambitions and help you craft a path to that outcome.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
Nurses must be more visible in our communities, states, and nationally. We are a respected profession, and we have the duty to use that influence to bring our communities to a higher level of health.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
Many people don’t know where to start. Just ask how you can help.
“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.