Director at Large

Collaborates closely with the president in the administration of the ongoing activities of the association using the initiatives of the strategic plan as the framework.



  • Willingness to serve as liaison to other organizations when asked (e.g. Brain Attack Coalition, World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses, Neuroscience Nursing Foundation and the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing)
  • Experienced in developing new programs


In addition to the general responsibilities of the board, directors will be working in teams and partnering with staff and members when working on initiatives/activities consistent with the strategic priorities of the association. The following are the aggregate responsibilities of the entire board.

  • Identifies opportunities and topics for continuing education (CE) activities. Participates in the development, administration, and evaluation of the CE activities of the association.
  • Identifies opportunities for the development of consumer education activities of the association.
  • Explores and recommends alternative methods of education (e.g. distance learning).
  • Reviews association documents and publications related to neuroscience nursing practice.
  • Assures and oversees development and maintenance of publications that serve to enhance communications, professional image, and advance neuroscience nursing practice.
  • Supports the production of the annual meeting and other scheduled educational offerings.
  • Assures that all current publications meet the standards of the association.
  • Monitors the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and recommends opportunities for improvements to the board.
  • Coordinates activities related to the development of the resources of the association.
  • Collaborates with the executive director to develop, implement, and evaluate marketing strategies to maintain and increase membership, improve member benefits and services.
  • Facilitates and collaborates with the chapters and special focus groups (SFG).
  • Develops and supports mentoring of future AANN leaders.
  • Recognizes and supports individual and organizational components' achievements (e.g. awards, grants etc.).
  • Increases the visibility of the association as a specialty nursing organization.
  • Oversees current issues related to practice.
  • Examines components of nursing practice relevant to neuroscience nursing, informs and educates the membership regarding nursing practice and recommends organizational responses to changing trends in practice.
  • Recommends development of position statements, guidelines, standards when appropriate.
  • Examines legislative and research issues relevant to nursing and health care of the neuroscience patient.
  • Develops health policy agenda, strategies, and position statements when appropriate.
  • Supports the work of the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation (NNF) to advance improvement in patient care and support research activities.
  • Supports the certification process of the neuroscience nurse and the work of the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses.
  • Liaisons with various other health care and nursing organizations which promote specialty nursing, neuroscience nursing, legislative or research agendas.
  • Estimated time commitment includes weekdays and weekends
  • Board Meetings: Approximately three board meetings held via conference call per year and three face-to-face meetings annually. In preparation for each meeting (face-to-face or conference call) members are expected to review all materials.
  • Travel: Approximately 10 days per year including annual educational meeting and face-to-face board meetings three times per year.
  • Additional time commitments may vary based on assignments and responsibilities. All members of the AANN Board of Directors should plan to review and respond to e-mails throughout each week.