Colorado Springs, CO


University of Colorado, Boulder
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Minor: Kinesiology
Date Graduated: May 1996

University of California, San Francisco
Masters: Critical Care / Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist
Minor: Genomics
Date Graduated: June 2005


Daisy Award Recipient - Awarded 2013
Fellow of Neurocritical Care Society (FNCS)- Awarded 2018

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

My vision for our profession aligns with my personal professional goals: work collaboratively, learn and educate, and help heal. We work in a dynamic field in various clinical settings, with various disease processes, and unique perspectives. As a whole, we have tremendous strength when we work together across these paradigms, providing support and inspiring each other. In working collaboratively, we then foster learning and sharing of our own knowledge. And finally, with our expertise, our knowledge, and collaboration with colleagues locally and across the nation, we are able to better help our patients heal emotionally and physically.

Vision for the Association:

As a novice nurse starting out in neurosciences, I recall the tremendous support from my colleagues, educators, and my professional organization. As I moved past being a novice, taking on greater challenges and different roles, my needs changed, but where I sought support did not change. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is my professional organization and where I connected with colleagues and educators. My vision for the association is to ensure the same support, mentorship, and ongoing education that I was fortunate enough to have as a novice nurse as well as throughout my career.

Change is inevitable. With a changing landscape of technology, communication, and needs, our association will need to continue to come up with creative ways to recruit and retain members, provide education, and connect members. My hope is to ensure our association continues to adjust and grow to meet the new needs of the membership.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

I’ve had the opportunity to hold professional positions with AANN on the education committee, with American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) as a chapter president, and with Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) as a member of the communications committee and nursing committee. On the education committee, we worked together to redesign the evaluation process to increase the number of times an individual abstract was reviewed. This helped improve interrater reliability in grading and streamlined the grading process. As the process required more reviewers, this provided more opportunities for members to participate in the abstract grading process. As a member of the NCS communications committee, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team and contribute to a quarterly newsletter. It was a great venue to work with nurses from novice to expert to submit written contributions highlighting nurses in neuro critical care.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

Leaders create a vision and inspire others to work towards a common goal. I thoroughly enjoy helping guide individuals to work together with different ideas, thoughts, and methods to create and develop a program. With this idea of leadership in mind, I have had wonderful opportunities with great accomplishments. As a stroke clinical nurse specialist, one of the most exciting accomplishments was working with two other nurse leaders to develop a means to quickly transfer in stroke patients to our comprehensive stroke hospital. This project involved collaborating with different departments including finance, coding, and business relations as we were asking for the patient to be transferred prior to insurance authorization. The program was successful with decreased transfer times and the hospital did not lose revenue.

Often, in the work arena, there is already an established commonality of a shared purpose. As a member of my home owner’s association, this was not the case. Providing vision and inspiration can be more difficult when there is not a shared vision. Pulling together the neighborhood to ensure our disaster preparedness plan was up-to-date was much more challenging. Many residents had turned to Google for advice, others did not want to have a plan, and others self - declared themselves experts. By providing continuous, collaborative leadership, working with local emergency response teams, and holding community and individual meetings, I was able to garner support and provide a unified vision. A plan was written, supplies obtained, and the vision came to fruition.

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