Philips Healthcare Transformation Services
Principal / Global Lead for Emergency Department and Patient Throughput Assessments
HIGHEST ACADEMIC LEVEL
PhD/Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
WHY DO YOU SEEK AN OFFICER POSITION ON THE ENA BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
I seek the Secretary/Treasurer position so I can continue to contribute my skills and abilities in the advancement of the association, our members, and the profession. The growth and vitality of the association depends on participation and engagement of our membership and requires strong leaders to bring all our passion and commitment together towards a unified goal. I feel I have much more I can assist with moving forward. Serving on the Board has provided unique insight into the governance and operations of the association. It has allowed me to learn about and contribute to the stability and financial vitality needed to accomplish our mission and fulfill our vision. I have networked and connected with ENA staff, leadership, and committee members to collaborate and solve for challenges facing our profession and practice. Our strength is in our numbers and in the compassionate, competent care we provide.
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 have over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in pre-hospital, emergency, trauma, and critical care. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Administration from the UNC-Charlotte. I also obtained a PhD in Nursing with a focus in healthcare administration from the UNC-Greensboro. As a Certified Emergency Nurse, a Certified Flight Registered Nurse and a Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified, I maintain a nationally recognized expertise in emergency care and nursing administration. Professionally, I serve as the Global Lead for Emergency Department and Patient Throughput Assessments for Philips and oversee all ED and patient throughput assessments globally. This allows me to work closely with bedside caregivers and facility executives to evaluate barriers to care in emergency departments worldwide and to resolve many of the challenges caregivers are facing in the profession today.
OUTLINE THE SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS YOU HOPE TO MAKE AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR ROLE ON THE BOARD IN AN OFFICER POSITION.
I seek to further our mission and support our members in the provision of safe and effective care delivery in the emergency care setting. During my time on the Board, I have had opportunities to work collaboratively to address real issues impacting our members and our patients. The greatest thing I can do for members is listen and learn. If elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer, I will continue to remove barriers, align our membership, create unity, and bridge gaps by embracing our diversity! I will faithfully network across disciplines and localities to grow our membership and better understand the needs of emergency nurses worldwide. Your vote allows me to continue to focus time and energy on making ENA a vibrant global organization that is poised to meet the needs of our profession, our members, and the patients we serve.
WHAT ENA EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENT ON THE LOCAL, STATE OR NATIONAL LEVEL WOULD MAKE YOU A QUALIFIED OFFICER CANDIDATE?
My 3+ year tenure on the Board has allowed me to gain experience in the association’s operations, strategy, and vison. I have served on several board subgroups including the Board’s DEI subgroup and the JEN Editor Evaluation Subcommittee (Chair, 2022). Additionally, I served as the Board Liaison to the Position Statements, ENPC Review, Emergency Management and Preparedness, Diversity Equity and Inclusivity Committees as well as the Emerging Professional and Emergency Nursing Research Advisory Councils. I was a Nominations and Elections Committee Representative from 2014-2018 and Governance Assessment Work Team member in 2014. I continue as a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal as well as the Section Editor for Strauss & Mayer’s Emergency Department Management, Second Edition. At the state and local levels, I have served as President and Secretary of the North Carolina State Council and President of the Piedmont Chapter.
PROVIDE A NARRATIVE THAT EXEMPLIFIES HOW YOU DEMONSTRATE THE BOARD COMPETENCIES.
I appreciate the opportunity for 360 degree evaluation based on the ENA Board Competencies. This recent implementation of leading practice on the Board is welcomed. Feedback received during this process has been invaluable and I have had the opportunity to implement recommendations from my fellow Board members for improvement. Strengths recognized during this process indicate I frequently evaluate things with a key performance indicator and goal oriented lens and encourage fellow board members to look at things critically and challenge the status quo to help inform best decisions. I also seek to understand through data and evidence and request clarification when needed. I continue to encourage the group to maintain a higher level of thinking and stay strategic for the long term. I often broaden perspective and encourage the BOD to expand on out of box thinking. I can appropriately challenge the group and motivate them to consider the alternative.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE
Consultant at Philips.