Norman Regional Health System
HIGHEST ACADEMIC LEVEL
Masters of Science - Nursing, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
WHY DO YOU SEEK A POSITION ON THE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE?
I want to join the Nominations and Elections Committee to help contribute more to the future of the ENA and our profession. Ensuring we select the correct and most qualified applicants for our leadership positions is essential. We need to ensure those seeking a leadership position with the ENA understand the organization's mission, vision, and strategic goals. I also feel that it's vital that we have resources available to help mentor those applications that are moving into a leadership position and those who might not be ready for the leadership positions. By being a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee, I feel I can contribute to the future of the ENA by ensuring we have suitable applicants.
HOW IS YOUR ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND OTHER EXPERIENCES RELEVENT TO THIS POSITION? ELABORATE ON YOUR EXPERIENCE AND HOW IT RELATES TO THE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE POSITION.
I currently serve as Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department within my Health System and serve on several committees for the hospital. I am also serving as President-Elect for the Oklahoma ENA and, for the last three years, served as the Government Affairs Chairman for Oklahoma ENA. I have served on the National ENA Education and Conference planning committee at the national level since 2021. I have worked with processes involving how organizations vet and select applicants for different positions or scholarships. I feel that my experience will be helpful to the Nominations and Elections Committee because I might be able to offer another point of view while also learning a lot about the process.
OUTLINE THE SPECIFIC SKILLS YOU BRING, OR CONTRIBUTIONS YOU HOPE TO MAKE, TO THE ENA NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE.
The contribution I will make to the Nominations and Elections Committee is that I will be serving an organization that has helped me immensely over the last seven years. I'm not afraid to speak up for what I believe is right while also respecting and listening to the opinions of others. I am willing to help anyone and everyone reach their personal goals. I would strive to provide ideas that will help to encourage member participation. I would be willing and able to help anyone wishing to be elected to a new position in any fashion I could.
WHAT ENA EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENT ON THE LOCAL, STATE OR NATIONAL LEVEL WOULD MAKE YOU A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE?
On the state level, I have represented our state in the general assembly for the last four years and assisted with implementing a new election and vetting process for Oklahoma ENA. Learning the process for changing election guidelines and implementing a new position within our State Chapter allowed me to learn the best way to ensure that those who wish to vote or run for election are given a fair and equal opportunity.
PROVIDE A NARRATIVE THAT EXEMPLIFIES HOW YOU DEMONSTRATE THE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE COMPETENCIES.
I am a curious lifetime learner, and I constantly seek opportunities to educate myself. I intend to apply my past experiences to the Committee's charges while concurrently performing research and communicating collaboratively with my co-committee members for a robust contribution. I ensure that I continue to look for opportunities to grow as a leader, nurse, and person. A big part of leadership is collaborating with other professionals to achieve the same goal. To do that effectively, I believe it's essential to look at the big picture and not focus on our individual goals; this strategic focus requires intentionality and recognition of everyone's personal subconscious biases. I also believe it's crucial to ensure that I provide meaningful feedback to those seeking or expecting my opinion about a topic. Using the competencies in my daily life will allow me to be a productive and helpful member of the Nominations and Election Committee.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE
No current conflicts disclosed.