Credentials RN, BSN Place of Employment Retired Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of? None currently Board(s) currently serving on Arizona Emergency Medical Systems
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
No voice for staff RNs.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
Ability to define nursing roles to lay board members when I served as chair of a hospital board.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Listen very carefully and speak softly.
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?
Become and develop awareness of your community and those who influence decisions.
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
We are educated, trusted, and have a perspective that isn’t about money and power.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
Nurses who feel that they have nothing to offer.
“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.