Trauma Program Manager
Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Air National Guard
Instructor for TNCC, ENPC, CATN, CPST, BLS ACLS, PALS Provider
BSN, 2004 Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa
RN, 1985 North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, Iowa
1998-2007, 2011-13 General Assembly Delegate
2013 Chairperson, Leadership Conference
2011-13 Member, Nominations Committee
2008-10 ENA Board of Directors
2006 Topic Reviewer "IOM" Report
2005-06 Member, Injury Prevention Workgroup
2001-02 Member, Alcohol Awareness Instructor Council
2011-13 Chair, Arizona Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention
2007-08 Member, Arizona Injury Prevention (Chair, 2007)
2006-Present Member, Arizona Trauma Committee
2006-Present Member, Arizona Pediatric Committee
2006 Chair, Missouri Government Affairs Committee
2005-06 Missouri State Council Past-President
2003-05 Missouri State Council President
2002 Missouri State Council President-elect
2001-06 Missouri Pediatric Committee Member
2000-01 Missouri State Council Secretary
2000-04, 2006 Member, Missouri Injury Prevention (Chairperson, 2000-04)
1998-2006 Member, Missouri Trauma Committee (Chairperson, 1999-2001)
|Position Statement |
What attribute is essential to enhance ENA's mission of Safe Practice and Safe Care?
I believe that the attribute most essential to Safe Practice and Safe Care is integrity. Integrity is simply doing the right thing even when no one is looking. It’s taking accountability when a mistake is made and “owning” it. If everyone has the integrity to acknowledge mistakes we can proactively make the changes needed to decrease potential mistakes, therefore ensuring safe care and safe practice.
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|Statement To The Membership |
My passion for nursing started at a very young age. I believe I was born with it. Even as a little girl, I tried to take care of everyone. When I crashed my bike in second grade, I tried to patch myself up versus telling my mom, I just couldn’t get my heel to stop bleeding-that took eight stitches. I actively applied to nursing school as a junior in high school so I could start immediately after I graduated.
Twenty-eight years of civilian and military nursing has taken me many places, rural Iowa, metropolitan Los Angeles, Germany and Puerto Rico. I practiced in med/surg and critical care, worked in community hospitals and Level 1 Trauma Centers. However, I am drawn back to emergency nursing. Maybe it’s because as an emergency nurse you see everything. The feverous child, the elderly fall patient, the chest pain, the trauma patient and the “I can’t be pregnant” (well you won’t be for long), patient. It’s mastering the ability to maintain a dynamic pace while retaining composure and compassion. Most importantly, my time in the emergency department, has led me to the Emergency Nurses Association.
I started by teaching TNCC and attending a Missouri State Council meeting. I became the president of an inactive chapter. However, with support from colleagues and co-workers the chapter thrived, and my ENA pursuits soared. I went on to be a State President, participated in state and national committees, helped develop program curriculum for injury prevention and was elected to the National Board of Directors. The last two years, I’ve served on the National Nominations Committee and have moved into the role of Trauma Program Manager for a large urban Level I Center. I continue to keep current on emergency nurses issues and practice because of my military commitments. The leadership experience I’ve gained in the military and as Trauma Program Manager have prepared me for a second term on the Board of Directors for this great organizations, so that I can represent and be a voice for emergency nurses.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No conflicts disclosed.
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