Categories: General Date: Sep 9, 2013 Title: President's Message
New KCNA president "walking the talk"
In July I successfully completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, a 550-mile walk from France to the west coast of Spain. Fellow pilgrims I met along “The Way” inspired me by sharing their reasons for setting out on the trek–getting in shape, working through the death of a loved one, practicing Spanish, making new friends, solidifying family bonds, setting future direction for their personal and professional lives, and more. I was reminded how quickly our lives can be positively changed when we intentionally seek out transformation, often despite difficulties and challenges.
An exciting change in my life is that I have assumed the role of your KCNA president. While my role with KCNA has changed a lot since I first became involved, I have always found my involvement rewarding, both personally and professionally. I joined the Neighborhood Health Special Interest Group (NHSIG) in 2006, when the group was focused on increasing the number of nurses receiving seasonal influenza vaccine. The project became a collaboration with the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation and Sanofi Pasteur and, eventually, my Master’s thesis. In 2007, I was honored to receive a KCNA Valerie Weiss scholarship to support me in my endeavor to simultaneously earn my MSN and MPH. These events led me to my current positons: vaccine research at the Group Health Research Institute and clinical practice at Country Doctor Clinic. I have served on the KCNA Board of Directors since 2008, and have been a part of KCNA’s transition to social media, provision of homeless assistance projects, selection of dozens of scholarship recipients, development of the current organizational mission and vision, and much more.
KCNA is always working to provide meaningful events for nurses and for our community. None of this would be possible without nurses who volunteer their time with KCNA. Here are the election results for nurses who have agreed to serve in an official capacity with KCNA:
• The new Nominating Committee includes Erin Arkin, Jayne KauzLoric and Pardeep Sahota.
• Our newly elected member-at-large is Joey Shyloski. Member-at-large Jacqui Helmer was recently appointed by the board.
• Deborah Greenleaf was re-elected and then appointed by the board to fill the vacated Vice President position.
• Five board members were re-elected: Janice Ellis (treasurer); Deborah Greenleaf (later appointed Vice President); Lori Cross, Maureen Niland and Anne Poppe (immediate past president).
I’d like to specially thank Anne Poppe for her service as president over the last two years. She provided leadership during a time of growth and community visibility for KCNA. I appreciate all she did to make us stronger as a professional association representing RNs and ARNPs in King County, and I’m very happy that she’ll continue her great work as a member of the board.
Looking forward, I’d like to encourage YOU to consider making a change that will enhance your professional development and benefit your profession – become more active with KCNA. We are a rapidly growing organization with opportunities for leadership, networking, mentoring, project creation and development, continuing education and more. If you’re looking for a way to become involved, visit our Web site, www.kcnurses.org, or come out to one of our events and get to know KCNA and some of your fellow nurses. We would love to have you!
Angel Mathis, MN, MPH, ARNP