Chief Nurse Executive
Blue Jay Consulting, LLC, Orlando, Florida
CEN; FAEN; Commonwealth Fellow
MBA, 1992 – Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MS (major in nursing), 1984 – Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pleasantville, New York
BA (major in Natural Science), 1981 – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
2013 Emergency Department Operations Committee (Chairperson)
2008 – 2012 General Assembly Delegate
2009 – present Reviewer, Journal of Emergency Nursing
2008 – 2009 Member, Annual Conference Committee
1998 Member, Leadership Conference Committee
1992 – 1995 Member, Resolutions Committee (Chairperson 1994-1995)
2011-2013 Chairperson, Emergency Care Conference
2009-2013 Chairperson, Finance Committee
1997 Treasurer, New Jersey State Council
1992 President, New Jersey State Council
1991 President-Elect, New Jersey State Council
1990-2002 Member, Emergency Care Conference (Chairperson 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002)
1991 President, Southern Chapter
1990 President-Elect, Southern Chapter
2007 – present American Organization of Nurse Executives
2007 – present Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders
2007 – present American College of Healthcare Executives
1984 Completed Family Nurse Practitioner certification
|POSITION STATEMENT |
What leadership attribute is essential to enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA?
I believe the most essential leadership attribute to enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA is courage. As we face a more complex healthcare environment, we will need courage to think outside of the box, to come up with new programs and new solutions to meet the needs of our members. It will take courage to be an inclusive organization – to make sure that the voice of every member is heard. It will take courage to be a transparent organization – to make sure that leadership decisions have member input and to make sure rationale for decisions is communicated. I have that courage.
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|STATEMENT TO THE MEMBERSHIP |
In 1979, I was a sophomore in college and struggling with my course of study selection. I began volunteering in an emergency department and fell in love with emergency nursing. I had found a niche where I fit in and could make a difference. Finishing my undergraduate degree, I went to a master’s program in nursing and completed my RN and family nurse practitioner requirements. I have been an emergency nurse since 1984 and know in my heart I made the best career decision I could have made. Emergency nursing is, and certainly has been for me, a dynamic, rewarding calling.
During my close to 30 years as an active ENA member, I have had the opportunity to serve in numerous roles on the local, state and national level and I believe that this has prepared me well to serve on the Board of Directors. I have had exposure to several committees and workgroups and I have served as state president for New Jersey. This, coupled with my experience in starting my own business, has provided me with valuable experience in thinking out of the box to develop creative solutions, in managing and growing the finances of an organization, in encouraging success among my peers and in collaborating with healthcare executives across the county.
As a member of the Board of Directors, I pledge to work closely with the membership to make sure that every voice is heard. I would use the time allotted to me to reach out to emergency departments as I travel, taking an active role in reaching out to members and non-members at clinical sites, to learn how ENA could better serve them. As part of her platform for 2013, JoAnn Lazarus is committed to growing leaders in our organization. As a member of the board, I will strive to work within our existing structure to create real-time opportunities for emerging leaders to receive the mentorship they desire and deserve. Finally, I will continue to strengthen our relationships among the nursing, physician and international communities to assure that ENA is THE voice of emergency nursing.
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