I have grown in my understanding of the Council’s role within the National Kidney Foundation through participating in CAP as a Member-at-Large and as Secretary. As Member-at-Large, I assisted in the development of the Essentials program. I have had the privilege to communicate and work with a variety of CAP members as they authored Essentials modules. I have also worked with the staff at the NKF office as the modules were published on the PERC site and obtained CME approval for the programs. As Secretary, I have continued to work on Essentials. I also became keenly aware of the role and responsibilities of the other Executive Committee members while listening to the discussion and reports from each member. This knowledge will allow me to lead the Committee in an effective manner.
I am the current NKF-CAP Publication Chair. This position has immersed me within CAP, exploring and learning about each position, and creating position bylaws. Attending monthly meetings has provided insight into each position requirements and duties. As a current advanced practice leader, I have understanding and experience related to process improvement, strategic planning, advocacy, and most importantly, empowering advanced practitioners.
Having worked in healthcare for thirty years, I have been fortunate to have had multiple opportunities regarding skill and leadership development. This has included serving as a clinical director, advisory panel member and later secretary for a local child advocacy group, advisory panel member for a state osteoporosis and arthritis program, professional editorial board member for the previously published Kidney Living magazine, and having organized multiple health and kidney screening community programs. For the past several years, I have volunteered with both the NKF and the American Nephrology Nurses Association being involved with multiple endeavors such as educational programs in various formats. My work with these incredible organizations has taught me about the importance of communication, preparing of reports including meeting minutes, and budgetary considerations.