WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center
Director Trauma/Specialty Care Services
HIGHEST ACADEMIC LEVEL
MBA, Salem University
WHY DO YOU SEEK AN OFFICER POSITION ON THE ENA BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
It has been a long-standing dream and passion of mine to become the President of this association! Personally, I feel that I can continue to advocate and educate for optimum care of patients in a safe environment while promoting ENA as the premier global organization. I honestly believe that my involvement in ENA at the local, state, and national levels leads me to professionally represent each of our members in driving the organization along with the specialty of emergency nursing forward.
HOW IS YOUR ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND OTHER EXPERIENCES RELEVENT TO THIS POSITION? ELABORATE ON YOUR EXPERIENCE AND HOW IT RELATES TO THE OFFICER POSITION.
I am currently serving as the secretary/treasurer during my fourth year on the Board of Directors. Throughout this time, I have learned how to help strategically align ENA with many different partners to become the premier association globally for all Emergency Nurses. I currently hold an MBA with emphasis in Healthcare Administration. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). I have been a nurse for 32 years. My background includes critical care as well as 28 years in Trauma and Emergency Medicine. Currently I am the Director of Trauma Services and Specialty Care. This encompasses our trauma service line within the organization. I have served in varying leadership roles for the past 18 years. I have been a stretcher side nurse, charge nurse and education coordinator within the Emergency Department.
I was also the President for the WV ENA State Council for nearly 11 years.
OUTLINE THE SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS YOU HOPE TO MAKE AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR ROLE ON THE BOARD IN AN OFFICER POSITION.
The contributions that I bring to ENA, based on my observation of our members, is to be a dedicated representative in critical decisions which must be made to protect and promote our practice as emergency nurses. In addition, I’m dedicated to continuing the ENA’s mission to advance excellence in emergency nursing. This can be done by promoting the tools to make our practice safer while protecting the emergency nurse, patients, and their families. My personal dedication to and passion for the ENA is unbridled and I will embrace the opportunity to serve our members and your organization.
I feel strongly that the skills set that I bring forth through communication, collaboration, decision making, business acumen, professionalism, and strategic thinking throughout my 18 years of leadership will assist me with the expertise to listen, learn and lead this association.
WHAT ENA EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENT ON THE LOCAL, STATE OR NATIONAL LEVEL WOULD MAKE YOU A QUALIFIED OFFICER CANDIDATE?
When seeking information that assists me in decision making, I am prepared through conducting research of the topic that needs addressed to ensure that this aligns with the mission, vision, values, and strategy of the ENA. This will ensure that the best decisions are made for the members and the organization.
Accomplishments at the state level include reinstituting our State Council as we were facing dissolution along with a full rewrite of the bylaws and officer positions to meet the guidelines of the national association. Under my leadership while the state council president, educational opportunities were granted, created an application system to enhance new members to general assembly, foundation donations were initiated and have sustained, participation at Day on the Hill as our state had never had representation and the partnership created with WV ACEP to bring together an annual ENA/ACEP summit for the past 6 years to present.
PROVIDE A NARRATIVE THAT EXEMPLIFIES HOW YOU DEMONSTRATE THE BOARD COMPETENCIES.
Overall, I feel that I can demonstrate all the board competencies collectively with a multidisciplinary group of individuals. This includes collaboration, effective decision making that aligns with the mission, vision, values and strategy of ENA, strategic thinking for current and future issues that affect the association. I consistently demonstrate integrity, respect, and professionalism all while holding myself accountable. Business acumen has been demonstrated through many diverse levels such as project leadership with many corporate projects to increase revenue and or savings. Leadership planning has been demonstrated through mentorship at the state level of new officers to the roles of president, secretary, and treasurer positions. Also recently served as chairperson of the succession planning subcommittee.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE
No current conflict disclosed.