Director Candidate 

Vanessa_GormanVanessa Gorman
MSN, RN, CCRN, FAEN, FCENA
Australia 
vanessa.gorman@health.vic.gov.au

 

 


CURRENT EMPLOYMENT
Department of Health Victoria
Ambulance, Emergency Access & Demand

HIGHEST ACADEMIC LEVEL
Masters of Speciality Nursing, Acute Care, University of Tasmania

WHY DO YOU SEEK A POSITION ON THE ENA BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
I am seeking a reappoint to the ENA Board of Directors as I believe that my leadership qualities, international experience and networking not only strengthens the work of the Board of Directors, but also advocates and supports the ENA strategic direction and how ENA members would like to be represented.

Personally, I would like to continue my leadership journey with ENA and continue to grow and professionally develop. This so that I can be a strong voice for emergency nurses globally. I feel that my recent appointment is the first stepping stone into ENA leadership and there is still so much to learn and areas where I can contribute and be a positive influence for. I would love the opportunity to be that inspiring leader and representative for ENA members around the world and continue to support ENA to 'spread its wings'.

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.
Academically I hold a Masters in Acute Nursing - Emergency as well as a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management. Both of these academic accomplishments make me a well-rounded professional who understands the needs of the bedside emergency nurse, but also the business of running an emergency department. From a Board perspective, my academic achievements make me strong candidate in ensuring that the business of ENA, the strategic direction and accountability we have to our members remains a strong focus. That I am aware of what is fiscally responsible and sound business judgement but at the same time bring the clinical interface and considerations for discussion.

From a professional background I have been working in ED nursing management for over 15 years and am currently working at the statewide Department of Health in Victoria Australia in a management/leadership position. I have solid skills in stakeholder management, finance and operations.

OUTLINE THE SPECIFIC SKILLS YOU BRING, OR CONTRIBUTIONS YOU HOPE TO MAKE TO THE ENA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
The position with the Board is a true international leadership opportunity and as such I bring the following skills and would continue to contribute to the Board of Directors:

Communication/listening skills - strong written and verbal communication skills, I am engaging and collaborative and can lead or actively contribute to robust discussions in a professional manner. I actively listen so that all considerations are taken into any decisions that need to be made.

Strategic Planning/Innovation - I am able to use my influence in a positive way to ensure that there is an agreed shared vision and a clearly communicated strategic plan. I pride myself on driving a culture of quality by design and actively contribute and share expertise of innovation and encourage others to 'think outside the box'.

Political/Organisational context - I use strategic relations & knowledge to predict and prepare for the impact of events.

WHAT ENA EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENT ON THE LOCAL, STATE OR NATIONAL LEVEL WOULD MAKE YOU A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THE BOARD? 
Locally (state level) I have been involved as a ED Nurse representative on a preventing harm in the ED steering committee, in the past I have sat on our national ED nursing body on the membership committee. Internationally I have been part of the International Advisory Council for ENA for 5 years, attended General Assembly for our ENA conference and led the international delegation on 2 occasions. I have attended Leadership Orientation and presented once at this event for ENA. I have chaired the international luncheon at the ENA conference and on another year sat on the lunchtime panel to discuss topics that affect ED nurses internationally. I have also assisted in education stations at the Austin Conference.

PROVIDE A NARRATIVE THAT EXEMPLIFIES HOW YOU DEMONSTRATE THE BOARD COMPETENCIES.
My success of being appointed to the Board in 2022, and my development in the past few months solely sits on the foundation of the core competencies. I strongly collaborate and remain professional, as evidenced by self-leadership and the opportunities that I have taken throughout my career. I have strong emotional intelligence and am a committed ED nurse who knows how to collaborate with individuals, as I have strive to be an active member of the Board in 2022 and continue that into the future.

I am naturally is very goal driven and am always looking to the future, which has allowed me in to be strategic, measured and someone who adds value.

My roles in management show my strengths in business acumen, strategic planning and delivery of KPIs. In my current role I make decisions daily that need clinical risk vs big picture applied to make the best judgement.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE
No current conflicts disclosed.