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The Reason I Serve: Janet Dewan, PhD, CRNA

The Reason I Serve: Janet Dewan, PhD, CRNA


Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of? AANA, MANA, ANA, HVO anesthesia

Which board(s) are you currently serving on? International Organization for Women and Development medical advisory Board


Tell us how your input on the board creates new perspectives for thinking about board activities or priorities. I helped integrate nursing into a medically dominated direction for NGO. I assumed a position of leadership in team policy .


Describe an example of how your input resulted in an ‘A-Ha!’ moment for the board members. I have been a member of MA BON in past ( 9 years) and know how to listen to others and also make unique/distinct comments.  I can’t take total credit but after listening to my discussion of empowering nurses one of the primary physician stated that he felt empowering nurses should be number one strategic priority to improve women’s health in his low resource country.


How is the impact of your board service unique from the impact of other board members? As a nurse, I not only offer professional nursing knowledge, but I also give my fellow board members the ability to visualize nurses as leaders, not just participants.


Please provide an example of how your nursing experience influenced change in board discussions or decisions. Integrating and actualizing the use of surgical safety checklist in practice, is one example. Demonstrating how nursing empowerment to actualize is essential is another.


What advice do you have for nurses seeking their first board role? Do not underestimate the time and commitment required to make a difference.  It’s your job to make you voice heard.


Any additional comments you wish to share: In addition to this current position I have served as a member of the MA BON for 9 years in the past and fill many committee positions, most involving APRNs and global health.

December 18, 2020

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