Matthew A. Choate
Director of Emergency Services
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
CEN; PALS Instructor; ACLS Instructor
MBA, 2012 – Northeastern University, D’Amore/McKim School of Business, Boston, MA
BSN, 1997 – University of Vermont, School of Nursing, Burlington, VT
BS, 1992 – University of Vermont, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Burlington, VT
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 General Assembly Delegate
2007, 2008 ENA Government Affairs Workshop
2010-2011 President, Vermont State Council
2009-2010 President-elect, Vermont State Council
2005-2009 Chairperson, Government Affairs Committee, Vermont State Council
2004-2005 New England Regional Symposium Planning Committee
2005-2008 President, Upper Valley Chapter, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
1997-Present Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
|POSITION STATEMENT |
What leadership attribute is essential to enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA?
I believe the most important attribute is integrity. The ability to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk” is an essential characteristic that leaders must possess. Integrity leads to trust, as colleagues and customers alike understand that one’s words and actions are congruent. Trust inspires collaboration which leads directly to positive outcomes for the organization. I see leaders of high integrity being able to advance the mission of ENA to be the voice of emergency nurses around the nation and globe while advocating for safe, high quality, effective patient care. Our image as a professional organization dedicated to the highest standards for emergency nursing is promoted and improved by the presence of leaders with high integrity. Our relationship with our members is further enhanced when our Board members demonstrate integrity and a commitment to our organization’s long term success, something I will bring as a Director.
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|STATEMENT TO THE MEMBERSHIP |
I have been a member of ENA for over fifteen years and actively involved in the State level of governance for eight of them. I am proud of ENA and what we have accomplished in those years and am very interested in continuing to see us do more. I offer my experience as a stretcher-side nurse, a manager, a director, and an active ENA member as we look for opportunities to advance our mission. Should I be elected to the Director role I have a number of goals that I commit to work on including growing the membership, improving transparency of the organization, expanding our member benefits such as free and low cost continuing education, and aligning us with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine; namely that nurses practice to the full extent of their education and training. I see tremendous opportunity for ENA to continue leading our profession of emergency nursing and in particular, how we practice. We are well positioned to help advance conversations at both the State and National levels with respect to nursing practice, to steer policy discussions on issues that affect emergency nurses, and to advocate for the vulnerable populations that we all provide care for. My experience as a former legislator and as an active member of my state’s Government Affairs committee is invaluable on the Board as we work on these issues. I endeavor to see nurses at all levels of education practice to their full capacity and I believe ENA can influence needed policy and statutory changes in the States to achieve this. All four of our main strategic imperatives – advancing emergency nursing, advocating safe care and practice, championing learning and collaboration, and expanding our membership are critical to the long term stability and success of ENA. I will bring high integrity, openness in communication, and a willingness to hear and work with members of many different viewpoints as our organization develops and implements policies, programs, and initiatives that achieve these strategic imperatives.
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