Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University
PhD, 2010 University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
MSN, 1994 Aurora University
BSN, 1982 Saint Louis University
MS, 1980 Western Illinois University
BS, 1979 Western Illinois University
2013 ENA Board Mentoring Program Participant
2010-2011 RN Core Competencies in Emergency Care Work Team
2010-Present BCEN CEN Exam Construction and Review Committee
2009-2012 Leadership Conference
2008-2009 Institute for Emergency Nursing Research
2007-2009 BCEN CEN Item Writer
2007-2012 General Assembly Delegate
2011-2012 President, Illinois State Council
2009-2010 President-elect, Illinois State Council
2009 Communications Committee
2005-2007 Evidence Based Practice Committee
American Assembly for Men in Nursing
American Nurses Association
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Oncology Nursing Society
|POSITION STATEMENT |
What leadership attribute is essential to enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA?
When thinking about a leadership attribute that is essential to enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA I cannot name just one. I believe a leader should possess a number of attributes including a vision for the organization, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the capacity to motivate and strong interpersonal skills. Visionary leaders are capable of achieving specific goals based on current and future organizational needs. Leaders possess the communication and motivational skills necessary to achieve these goals while at the same time are extremely organized. When a leader possesses these attributes and is capable of leading in an environment of honesty and transparency, the organization will be successful. I believe I possess these attributes and I will enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA. This is why I am placing my name in nomination for a position on the board of directors.
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|STATEMENT TO THE MEMBERSHIP |
To paraphrase my college fraternity’s creed, “I believe in ENA, its traditions and ideals…” This phrase has guided me throughout my life and career. I chose jobs based on organizations’ mission, vision and values. I’ve built strong friendships based on common beliefs and values. I’ve chosen to actively participate in organizations that I truly felt I could make a difference and offered my time, experience and skills to build upon its traditions and ideals.
This is why I chose to actively participate in ENA. I believe in ENA’s mission to “advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice”. I believe ENA is achieving excellence through its advocacy for ED nurses. I believe ENA supports its members through its legislative endeavors, clinical guidelines, research efforts, publications, and collaboration with our health care colleagues. I wish to continue building upon the strengths of ENA while tackling perceived weaknesses. This is why I want to serve as a member of the board of directors.
If elected this year to the board of directors my primary goal will be to listen to and engage our members. We are a large organization with many issues and viewpoints. I believe it is the responsibility of the board of directors to actively listen to the members and make decisions based on what is the greater good of the organization. It is only when we have gathered and analyzed all the information that we can truly formulating an informed decision.
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