Directing the Future of Nursing

Directing the Future of Nursing

McKay, Sheila A

THE old adage, ‘you never know what you had until it is gone’ is certainly true when it comes to nursing organizations. I had always taken for granted the work done by my nursing organization. But then, I lived both in the Yukon and Northwest Territories when there was no professional or regulatory organization to advocate for and promote nursing or to monitor nursing practice. The experience moved me to become involved in the development of nursing organizations in both jurisdictions. It is also the reason that I became involved with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses (AARN).

As Florence Nightingale said “Nursing is a noble profession but it takes nurses to make it so.” I believe in the work done by an organization such as AARN and in the ability of a group of people to make a difference. I also believe that each of us has a responsibility to use our talents and gifts to do what we can to make sure that registered nursing continues to be seen as important to the health of Albertans.

During my term as President-Elect of AARN, a lot of my time has been spent learning how Provincial Council works and how it reaches decisions. I’ve become familiar with background on issues AARN is facing such as nursing workforce issues and baccalaureate as entry to practice. I have met with stakeholders such as government officials and United Nurses of Alberta representatives to establish a relationship with the people I will be working with as AARN president. All of these activities have provided me with opportunities to learn, develop my leadership skills and, ultimately, to help direct the future of our profession.

BY SHEILA A. MCKAY, RN, MN AARN PRESIDENT-ELECT

Copyright Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Feb 2005

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