Director Candidate 

Chris ParkerChris Parker
MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CFRN, CNL, NRP, TCRN
Virginia
clparker2008@gmail.com

 

 


CURRENT EMPLOYMENT
Centra Health
Healthcare Professional Development Specialist

HIGHEST ACADEMIC LEVEL
Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader, University of Lynchburg

WHY DO YOU SEEK A POSITION ON THE ENA BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
Imagine standing bedside watching your father almost die and feeling helpless. It was an Emergency Nurse that saved my dad then, and that inspired me to want to do the same thing. Throughout my career I have been focused on learning and then giving back, whether through academia, stretcher side nursing, clinical education, or mentoring others whether at work or through ENA.

ENA is the voice of every emergency nurse, regardless of their role. I want to be able to use the experiences from my diverse background to help shape the future of emergency nursing as I am continuing to learn and grow. I want every emergency nurse to feel the value of ENA. I envision this association being what every nurse wants and needs in order to achieve their dreams.

HOW IS YOUR ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND OTHER EXPERIENCES RELEVENT TO THIS POSITION? ELABORATE ON YOUR EXPERIENCE AND HOW IT RELATES TO THE BOARD POSITION. 
Growing up in a family business, my parents instilled both the determination and work ethic that are part of who I am today. My background is varied: prehospital, ED, flight, academia, and now professional development. Each brought distinctive challenges and experiences which have molded my craft as both a clinician and leader. As a flight nurse, I had to maintain objectivity when asked to transfer patients in potentially unsafe situations and collaborate with clinicians and nurses at both the sending and receiving facilities to develop the best plan of care for the patient. These experiences highlighted my ability to manage conflict professionally, ensuring all parties felt heard and respected while building consensus on what was best for the patients. These leadership skills have direct correlation to attributes desired in a board member. Just as my background and experiences are diverse, so is the membership that I am looking to serve.

OUTLINE THE SPECIFIC SKILLS YOU BRING, OR CONTRIBUTIONS YOU HOPE TO MAKE TO THE ENA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
My varied professional experiences have transformed my focus to see the entire healthcare system, not just the microsystem level. In my daily practice, I actively listen to everyone’s feedback, work through a decision-making process that is focused on the future, while maintaining situational awareness of the big picture. There may be times the decision might not be popular, but it is always made with the best interest of the team in mind.

I am accustomed to creating standard work, spreadsheets, and action trackers which allow the team I serve to stay focused on the task at hand. These are just some of necessary leadership skills which I can contribute to move our association forward. I have a deep passion and drive for professional clinical practice, one where clinicians feel valued and understand their commitment to excellence. These skills and passion will translate well to the work of the ENA board.

WHAT ENA EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENT ON THE LOCAL, STATE OR NATIONAL LEVEL WOULD MAKE YOU A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THE BOARD? 
Through ENA, I have served multiple leadership roles at the local, state, and national level. During my time as Virginia ENA President, I learned to lead collaboratively, listen and respect all viewpoints, build relationships with statewide organizations and key stakeholders, and mentor up and coming leaders.

As chair of the Resolutions Committee, I have gained a deep understanding of the governance structure of ENA and have worked with staff to formulate a communications plan which will be executed this year. Serving on the TNCC revision committee, I have learned how trauma care varies internationally. This has afforded me the ability to appreciate that we can learn from each other, which is necessary to promote the best care for trauma patients.

These are just some of the experiences that have shaped my personal principles and have laid the foundation for a position on the national ENA board.

PROVIDE A NARRATIVE THAT EXEMPLIFIES HOW YOU DEMONSTRATE THE BOARD COMPETENCIES.
I practice many of the board competencies during my day-to-day responsibilities. Strategic thinking is an essential competency. To promote the organizational vision of a unified service line, I identified the four EDs in our healthcare system were functioning in silos in relation to staff onboarding and competencies. I worked with the leaders to inventory each EDs competencies to identify gaps and overlaps and worked to create standardization. This process promoted collaboration, shared decision making, increased efficiency and reduction of waste.

Earlier this year, I was appointed state council treasurer due to a vacancy. Our chapters currently utilize multiple banks, and the state treasurer does not have access to these accounts. I have initiated a process to resolve this issue, which will provide the required financial oversight and ensure fiduciary responsibility.

While I have strengths in many of the board competencies, I look forward to developing the others.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE
No current conflicts disclosed.