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Official GNA 2007 Elections.

The 2007 GNA Elections will commence May 1, 2007. All candidates, their bios and photographs are included below. Please read carefully, and remember to vote today online at www.electionsonline.us/gna.

PRESIDENT-ELECT & ANA DELGATE AT LARGE AND 2ND ALTERNATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (4 YEARS) 1, 2, 3

Vote for 1

Name: FRAN BEALL

Present Position: Nurse Practitioner, University Health Center, University of Georgia

Education: St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing--RN Diploma

University of Georgia--NP Certificate

Offices Held: GNA Cabinet on Continuing Education--Chair, Member--1976-1980

GNA Cabinet on Governmental

Affairs--Vice Chair, Member--1980s-early 1990s

District offices--Treasurer, Vice President, Board Member, Legislative Chair--1970s, 1980s

Statewide Joint Practice Committee between Medicine and Nursing--Chair, Member--1978-1982

ANA-PAC--Board of Directors--1999-2002

ANA N-STAT Coordinator for GA--1991-2000

Recipient of GA Citizen Action's Citizen of the Year Award on Health Care Issues--1994

Member of Congressman Don Johnson's Health Care Reform Task Force--1992-1994

Have written and spoken on health care issues for media and for groups such as ANA, GNA and the American College of Health Association--1990-Present

Ran a website for nurses, "RN Central"--1998 -2007

Served on Editorial Advisory Board for the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing--2003-2007

Have written for the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Statement: Nursing and health care face urgent and complex problems, including more than 40 million Americans without access to the care they need. It is more important than ever for nurses to belong to GNA/ANA, because each nurse is accountable for being informed; for articulating nursing practice to administrators and policy-makers; and for being present at the table when those policies are decided. Membership affords each and every nurse the opportunity to do these things.

The restructuring of both ANA and GNA has presented difficult challenges for those members to whom change does not come easily. The positive effects of our structural changes however are now undeniable: membership is increasing rather than continuing to decline; new chapters are forming which enable nurses with similar interests to network more easily; and GNA was a leader in getting the Prescriptive Authority legislation passed last year for Advanced Practice Nurses, and then educating APRNs about the bill. Moreover, the addition of new staff has enabled GNA to keep the positive image of nurses and nursing in the public view this year in a way that we have never been able to do previously.

It is an exciting time to be both a member and an officer of our Association, and if elected, I will dedicate myself to continuing the momentum of the past two years.

SECRETARY & ANA DELEGATE AT LARGE AND 3RD ALTERNATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3

Vote for 1

Name: REBECCA WHEELER

Present Position: Intern, Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing

Education: Middlebury College--BA

Emory University--BSN

Columbia University--MA-ESL

Offices Held: GNA--Chair, Atlanta New Grad

Chapter--Present

International Nursing Student Association--America's representative--2006-Present

National Student Nurses' Association--President--2005-2006

Georgia Association of Nursing Students--2nd Vice President--2004-2005

National Advisory Committee for the Partnership in Nursing's Future program (through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation)--Member--2006-Present

Statement: One of the largest issues facing nursing is the shortage. However, despite what many think, the problem is not in attracting potential nurses to the profession. Rather it is in having enough nursing faculty to teach them and then finding a way to keep them in the profession. One of GNA's biggest issues is membership. As President of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) I saw that Georgia has one of the strongest student nurse chapters, but clearly students are not continuing that professional involvement once they leave school. GNA has an important role in these issues because GNA members have a strong sense of responsibility to the profession. As a student I met many wonderful GNA members who were (and still are) instrumental in my professional development, which is an integral part of nursing education. Working with students can be invigorating, whether in the classroom or the clinical setting. Encouraging this as a valuable professional avenue can help attract professional nurses who want a change (and might otherwise leave the profession entirely) to becoming faculty or clinical instructors. As a recent graduate who is still in the educational environment (pursuing an advanced degree in nursing), I am well-positioned to help figure out why students do not join GNA. Although I am chair of a new chapter, I want to be secretary of GNA in order to be more involved and help work through the issues GNA faces today.

Name: JILL WILLIAMS

Present Position: Quality Improvement, Houston Healthcare, Houston Medical Center

Education: Georgia College & State University--Masters in Nursing Administration

Offices Held: GNA--Chair, Bylaws Committee--2005-Present

Staff Nurse Director--2003-2005

Bylaws Committee, Member--2004-2005

16th District President--2003-2005

16th District Vice President--2001-2003

Houston Healthcare's Free Clinic, Volunteer--2004-Present

BLS CPR Instructor--1996-Present

Statement: The major issue facing the nursing profession today is the shortage of nursing personnel and nursing faculty. Nurses need to be a visible and vocal participant in finding solutions to this dilemma. There should be a coordinated effort to promote nursing and to protect the public from unsafe, illegal and unethical practices. Salaries need to be raised for nursing faculty to encourage more to become instructors. With an increase of instructors, more students can be enrolled in nursing programs. Nurses already in the workforce need to mentor and encourage young graduates. It is an exciting and challenging time to be a nurse.

TREASURER & 1ST ALTERNATE ANA DELEGATE AT LARGE AND 4TH ALTERNATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3

Vote for 1

Name: ERICA PRATER

Present Position: Unit Director of Oncology and 5th Medical, Athens Regional Medical Center

Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill--BA

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill--BSN

Offices Held: GNA--Treasurer--2005-Present East Central Regional

Representative--2004-2005

District 11 President--1999-2001

Programs Chairperson--1998-1999

GNA Finance Committee--2000-Present

Athens Nurses Clinic Board--1999-2000

Statement: Nurses in America need to solve several major issues. First and foremost is the nursing shortage. This can be solved if we can solve the nursing faculty shortage in our schools of nursing who are having to turn away qualified applicants. Funding for graduate programs, increased salaries for nursing professors, and recruitment activities to attract experienced RNs to the academic setting are needed to fill the gap.

Nurses in America must also work together and with the rest of the healthcare team to create work environments where communication skills are abundant, teamwork is fostered and expected, and respect for one another is without question. This will improve retention, another contributing factor to the shortage. The newer nurses are far less likely to put up with the negative behaviors that have too long been the norm in healthcare. Research in patient safety, communication skills, and performance improvement do offer hope and guidance for nurses to improve the work environment.

Nurses in America must stay vigilant to position themselves to be the major factor in the real solution to the economic realities in patient care. Financial pressures on healthcare institutions have never been greater and are only increasing. Nurses, with their diverse skill sets and profound knowledge of the patient, will be key players in making sure that all people have access to quality healthcare.

Name: TERESA STAMPER-STRELITZ

Present Position: Regional Healthcare Economics Manager, Medtronic

Education: DeKalb College--AS

Brenau University--BSN

Emory University--Goizueta Business School--MBA

Statement: Major Issues for Profession and Association

Most of us go into the nursing profession because we want to make a difference in people's lives. With a maturing population, both nurses and patients, I think it is critical that we identify and lobby for opportunities to better meet the needs of nurses which, in turn, may result in higher quality patient care.

Some of the issues that I feel are important include:

1. Work balance--the needs may vary with the individual person.

2. Nurse Support (both financial compensation and management support enabling nurses to provide good quality care in a safe environment).

3. Good clinical training in the nursing schools prior to graduation (i.e. Are the clinical hours adequate? Are there opportunities to better prepare nurses for this career?).

4. Positive perception of the nursing profession.

I think we will continue to see patients discharged earlier and being managed in a home health setting, increased community based education (i.e. cancer screenings, cardiac screenings, etc.), and sicker patients in the hospital as technology continues to evolve and we can treat patients that we were unable to treat before. Being proactive in addressing these needs are critical.

In conclusion, most nurses are passionate about their profession. We need to find opportunities to allow them to continue to do what they enjoy most without feeling forced to leave their career due to constraints that are out of their control.

DIRECTOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & 2ND ALTERNATE ANA DELEGATE AT LARGE AND 5TH ALTERNATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3

Vote for 1

Name: GEORGIA BARKERS

Present Position: Associate Nurse Executive, Educator, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Education: University of Michigan--BSN

Georgia State University--MBA/ MHA

Argosy University/Sarasota--Ed.D.

Offices Held: DeKalb County Hospital Authority--Member (Vice-Chair)--1995-Present

American Heart Association--Regional Faculty--1996-Present

DeKalb County Teenage Pregnancy Task Force--Chair--1992, 2002

Statement: The nursing shortage has been well publicized and continues to be a major issue facing the nursing profession. Additionally, nursing is challenged by factors such as job satisfaction, diversity, environment of practice, development of new leaders and a multitude of practice related concerns of nurses on all levels. The association must represent the diverse interests of its membership and serve as a voice for nursing. The structure and direction of the Georgia Nurses Association was recently changed to be more inclusive and responsive to the concerns and interests of nurses throughout the state. This is a time of transition, challenge and opportunity for the organization. If elected as Director of Leadership Development I will work to fulfill the responsibilities of the position by coordinating developmental activities for the Board and membership. My goal will be to work with members of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the membership to create an environment that encourages the personal and professional growth of all members.

Name: ECHO FREDERICKSON

Present Position: Staff Nurse, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Education: Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska--BS

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, Georgia--BSN

Offices Held: Georgia Association of Nursing Students--Retired Board Member--2006-Present

Georgia Association of Nursing Students--1st Vice President--2005-2006

Georgia Association of Nursing Students--North District Director--2004-2005

National Student Nurses Association--Resolutions Committee Member--2005-2006

Statement: As a candidate for the Director of Leadership Development, I look forward to helping make the Georgia Nurses Association's next 100 years a success! Through previous experience with the Georgia Student Nurses Association, I feel that I am qualified to fulfill the position as Director of Leadership Development and I look forward to the challenge of providing members with opportunities to experience personal growth and develop leadership skills.

Developing leadership is vital if we are going to address issues facing our profession today. In my opinion, there are three major issues facing our profession and particularly our association: the nursing shortage, the lack of involvement of nurses in professional organizations, and developing leadership among nurses, especially young nurses.

I believe that one of the responsibilities of a professional organization is to provide leadership opportunities to its members. This is especially important for inexperienced nurses, as the nursing shortage has forced many into roles they are not adequately prepared for. As an organization we should provide leadership seminars for members to attend, additional educational opportunities, and other activities that would provide personal and professional growth. As a collaborative group of experienced individuals, we could provide members with mentors, and other opportunities that would ensure that we have members committed to the organization.

As a new member of GNA, I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the board and to work within such an amazing group! I thrilled about the opportunity to get others involved in and excited about GNA!

DIRECTOR MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3

Vote for 1

Name: SHEILA WARREN

Present Position: Regional Director--Unihealth Solutions SOURCE

Education: Valdosta State University--MSN

Offices Held: GNA Director of Membership Development--Present

ANA Delegate, Southwest Region--Present

Former Regional Director and ANA delegate of the Southwest Region

Chapter Chair of the Nursing Collaborative of South Georgia--May 2006-Present

Chair person of Hahira/Lowndes County Community Outreach Cor. Serves of Youth Council of the WIA

Statement: The Georgia Nurses Association is in transition. The recognition that we cannot afford to operate as we always have has been the leading mantra for the past two years. Nursing is exciting and the need to have a relevant association is very important. The membership is the one who should define the direction and goals of the organization. This is a philosophy that I fully embrace. As the Director of Membership Development, we spent the first year helping districts transition from Districts to Chapters and develop an application process for the Growth and Development Fund. I would like to continue in this position to develop a plan to promote nursing as a profession and recruit nursing chapters. I would like to continue to work with Georgia Nurses Association leadership to improve communication with the membership body, promote the Communities of Practice and encourage nurses to take advantage of the fluid system that has been created.

DIRECTOR WORKFORCE ADVOCACY AND DELEGATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (2 YEARS) 1

Vote for 1

Name: DORETHEA PETERS

Present Position: Resource Coordinator/Staff Nurse, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System

Education: Abraham Baldwin College--ADN

Offices Held: Staff Nurse Director--2004-2005

GNA 2007 Conference Planning Committee--2005-Present

GNA District Editor of Newsletter Respiratory Nurses Society--Board of Directors--2006-Present

American Diabetes Association--volunteer--1994-Present

American Heart and Stroke Association--volunteer--2000-Present

Statement: I'm very excited about the future of nursing and the impact we can make on nursing care. I see, and deal with, many issues on a daily basis. Of major importance is; Ethical concerns, Staffing, doctor/nurse relationships, whistle blower protection, and employee/employer relationships. If elected, I plan to facilitate the development and implementation of effective programs and services for workforce advocacy, helping nurses do what we do best--provide excellent care for our patients.

DIRECTOR LEGISLATION/PUBLIC POLICY (2 YEARS) 1, 3

Vote for 1

Name: MICHAEL MCCANN

Present Position: Staff Nurse Midwife, Wellstar South Cobb OBGYN

Education: University of Illinois--MS

Offices Held: GNA--Director of Legislation and Public Policy--2005-Present

American College of Nurse Midwives, Georgia Chapter--Vice Chair--2004-2006

Prescriptive Authority Coalition--Co Chair--2002-Present

Statement: I am seeking re-election as GNA's Director of Legislation and Public Policy. Over the past one and a half years, I have had the opportunity to represent our organization in a variety of settings. I represented us at a number of hearings down at the Capitol, at Board of Medicine hearings, and in Washington, D.C., with ANA. This position has a long learning curve which I am only now just getting comfortable with, as there are multiple, divergent areas of concern, both at the state and national level.

I have been fortunate to work closely with our lobbyist, Demetrius Mazacoufa, as well as my predecessor, Cathalene Teahan. They have brought to our organization a wealth of knowledge, insight, and perspective, and earned respect for Nursing down at the Capitol. This position is one of constant learning about the intricacies of moving legislation through the Legislature. The many nuances of counting committee votes, knowing small details about behind the scenes conversations...all of this is politics at its most fundamental. I've learning something everything time I went down to the Capitol.

In the next two years, I hope to continue to grow, learn, and network with nurses, lobbyists, legislators, and capitol staff. I look forward to serving another term and representing Nursing and GNA in all facets, at both state and national level.

DIRECTOR NURSING PRACTICE (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3

Vote for 1

Name: WANDA JONES

Present Position: Nurse Practitioner, Department of Army, Fort Benning, GA

Education: Columbus State University--BSN

Troy State University--MSN

Troy State University--Post Master Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner

Offices Held: GNF--Board of Trustees--2004-Present

ANA Delegate--2005-Present

GNA Treasurer--1998-2005

GNA Columbus District Chapter--Chapter Chair--2005-2006

GNA Hedge Hog Committee--2004-2005

GNA District 3 President--2005-2006

Statement: As a nursing professional, I believe that nursing practice should be planned, implemented, evaluated and controlled by professional nurses. Nurses should be able to work in a nursing practice environment where they are a part of the decision making process. Professional nurses making decisions related to practice issues will not only improve the quality of care for clients, but it will also increase the individual commitment to the profession. I would facilitate, along with GNA, collaboration with organizations, nurses and other health care providers, discussions related to nursing practice issues as well as propose solutions to those issues. Listening to colleagues and other health care participants and determining program priorities would also be one of my goals. Providing current information from the Center for American Nurses out to the "grass roots" nurses is essential for their involvement in making decisions affecting nursing practice at the national level. I would like the opportunity to represent and serve practicing nurses as a member of the GNA Board of Directors in the position of Director of Nursing Practice. In addition, I would like to serve as a delegate to the Center for American Nurses Membership Council and then disseminate the information received from the Center to all professional nurses in Georgia.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3 Vote in EACH region

GNA--NORTH REGION Vote for 1

Name: BERNICE WHALEY

Present Position: APRN, WHNP--North Georgia District Health Office (Whitfield County Board of Health/Murray County Board of Health)

Education: Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia--Diploma

Southern College of Seventh Day Adventist, Collegedale, TN--BSN

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan--MSN

Offices Held: GNA--North Regional Coordinator--2005-Present

GNA--North Regional Representative--late 1980s, early 1990s

GNA--Legislative Chair and PR Officer, Conasauga Chapter--2006-Present

District 16--Vice President and Legislative Chair--2004-2005

District 16--President--1990-1994

District 16--Treasurer--1980s-1990s

District 16--Secretary--late 1980s, early 1990s

America Legion Auxiliary--Post 112--Historian--2006-Present

North Georgia Medical Reserve Corps--Volunteer--2006-Present

Statement: As a member of the Membership Development Committee these past two years, I learned about the major issues facing GNA. Besides our declining membership and inactive members, the twelve-hour shift is a deterrent to meeting attendance. We have to be willing to change the format of meetings and meet members' needs according to their interest and time management.

I would like to continue working as the North Regional Coordinator. My goal is to continue searching for nurses in the North Region who want to form a chapter and I would be available to help them. Also, I want to attend meetings of all chapters in the North Region. By collaborating with the North Regional Chapter leaders, a cohesive bond can be established which will improve communications, and hopefully, grow our chapters.

Name: TERESA YARBROUGH

Present Position: Patient Care Coordinator, Regency Hospice

Education: ASN--Nursing

Offices Held: Georgia Student Nurses Association--President--1994- 1995

Statement: If elected as GNA North District Regional Coordinator, I want to meet with the GNA membership in my district via in person, telephone or e-mail to see what they feel are the major issues facing nursing today. The major issues I see are unlicensed personnel performing nursing duties, nurse/patient ratio, nursing shortage, and continuing education. If elected as GNA North District Regional Coordinator, I will meet with the GNA members in my district to inform them of the issues before ANA/GNA House of Delegates, elicit their opinions, and to hear of any other issues concerning them regarding nursing and/or the association. As needed, I will let our local, state, and federal representatives know how nurses feel about the bills that will affect our profession. I will also work on educating the GNA membership in my district on the issues, how the issue affects them and how to have their voice heard and make a difference. It is important for nurses to become more involved in their profession, because nursing is a profession not just a job or career. If we don't treat nursing as a profession then we will see our jobs go to others that don't have the patients' best interest at heart. Just as this year's theme for Nurses Week is "Nursing: A Profession and A Passion," we need work on keeping it that way.

GNA--SOUTHEAST REGION Vote for 1

Name: CAROL SIMONSON

Present Position: Associate Professor, Emeriti, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University

Education: Cornell University, New York--BSN

University of Florida--M.Ed.

University of New Mexico--Ph.D.

Offices Held: GNA--Southeast Regional Coordinator--2005-2007

GNA Secretary

Chair for Workplace Advocacy Commission & ANA delegate--2002-2004

Southeast District Regional Rep--late 1990s

District 18 President--late 1990s

SANE--volunteer--Present

Statement: Right now the nursing profession faces some very important challenges and changes related to Advanced Practice, Scope of Practice, Shortage of RNs Worldwide, Expansion of Advanced and Specialty Practice Education, and Delegation to name a few. Through participation in nursing's most influential organization, the American Nurses Association, and in Georgia's well respected nursing organization, the Georgia Nurses Association, we can take part in working through these challenges and deciding how to deal with these changes. We can influence the direction we want our profession to take by our participation. I, for one, have dedicated myself to exercise my influence through serving these nursing organizations and my fellow nurses. I would like to continue to help guide GNA and ANA with the goal of making nursing and even greater, more caring, more appreciated profession than it is now by continuing my service as Regional Coordinator for the Southeast Region.

Name: FRAN STANLEY

Present Position: Retired

Education: Candler Hospital School of Nursing--Diploma

Virginia Commonwealth University--BSN

University of Florida--MN

Offices Held: Sigma Theta Tau--Member--1969-2006

National Organization for Associate

Degree Nursing Education--Member--2003-2006

Virginia Nurses Association--Commissioner of Education--2002-2005

Virginia Nurses Association--District V, Vice-Chair--1999-2002

Steering Comm. Member, Co-Chair TaskForce on Educational Mobility, VA Partnership for Nursing--2001-2005

Alliance of Nursing Organizations and Specialty Groups of VA--Chairman--1998-2000

Member Richmond-Petersburg Area Nursing Service/ Nursing Education Council--1983-2005

Member, VA Council of Associate Degree Nurse Educators--1990-2005

Member, VA Council of Associate Degree Nursing Program Heads--1990-2005

Statement: In my short time as a resident of Georgia it appears that the major issues affecting our profession here are the same as those in my previous residence, Virginia, and even nation-wide. I identify these issues as follows: the rapidly increasing shortage of registered nurses in an already lean market, the critically increasing shortage of nursing faculty members, the need for nursing to achieve and maintain its rightful place at the leadership and policy-making tables of the health care arena, the need for full recognition of all levels of registered nursing education, and the need for all nurses to communicate positively and clearly with one another and to speak with one voice to the public and media.

If elected as Regional Coordinator, I believe that I will be able to directly impact both the recruitment and retention of nurses for increased membership in our organization, thus allowing our organization to speak for a greater percentage of nurses in our state. By working to develop and maintain more effective/efficient networks for communication among individual members, chapters and various committee members I believe that I can thus enable our nurses to achieve and maintain more up-to-date information on all issues relevant to nursing in our area. I believe that my experiences in Virginia will allow me to approach this office with "new eyes" and that I will be able to carry out the responsibilities of this office at a high level of competence.

GNA--SOUTHWEST REGION Vote for 1

Name: DOUGLAS TAYLOR

Present Position: Retired, Valdosta State University

Education: Medical College Georgia--MSN

Valdosta State University--MBA

Offices Held: GNA--Southwest Regional Coordinator

GNA Delegate

Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Pi Chapter, Vice President with responsibility to coordinate programs

Stephen Ministry Leader, Rotary Club, Emmanus Community

Statement: I believe we face many issues that will have a great impact on nursing as a profession. Nurses need to be represented and active in their organization. Nurses have a responsibility to ensure that the health care has the best possible system and protect the best interest of the health care receiver. People look to nurses for a continuation of care and provide them with answers to health care concerns. The only way we can remain a viable profession and help consumers of health care is to understand the issues and forces that are impacting us. The best way to accomplish this is through an organization like the Georgia Nurses Association. We must speak as one body and recruit nurses to join.

GNA--NORTH CENTRAL REGION Vote for 1

Name: SUSAN HUNTER CHAMBERS

Present Position: Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Gwinnett Hospital System

Education: Mercer University--BA

Armstrong State College--BSN

Georgia State University--MS

Statement: There are many issues facing nursing today, from a shortage of both staff and faculty to patient safety and scope of nursing practice. GNA is challenged with representing its member nurses on these diverse topics, as well as communicating effectively with these members. The GNA membership is also adjusting to the relativity new organizational structure.

The Regional Coordinator role is one that promotes two-way communication between the chapters and the organization. As a regional coordinator, I would assist the chapters in the North Central Region with developing their leadership and recruiting/retaining members. I would promote their participation in state task forces, and serve on sub-committees and other groups as needed. I would support the development of new chapters and the growth of existing ones. If elected, I would utilize the organizational skills gained through my administrative experience for the benefit of the North Central Region and GNA.

GNA--CENTRAL REGION Vote for 1

Name: MARGARET ZIMMERMAN

Present Position: Nurse Coordinator, Children's Medical Services

Education: Macon Hospital School of Nursing--Diploma

Offices Held: GNA--Central Regional

Coordinator--2006-Present

GNA--Bylaws Committee

GNA--5th District President, Secretary, Treasurer

Statement: Nurses will only make an impact on our profession if we stand together. GNA has made the effort to bring all nurses together to meet professional and personal goals. I want to be part of this dynamic process.

GNA--EAST CENTRAL REGION Vote for 1

Name: PATTI COOK

Present Position: Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken

Education: Medical College of Georgia--BSN

Medical College of Georgia--MSN

University of South Carolina--PhD

Offices Held: GNA--Secretary--2001-2003

GNA Chapters--Vice President and Board Member--2006-Present

Commission on Nursing Practice--Member

Cabinet on Nursing Service, Administration and Education--Member

Strategic Planning Committee--Member

East Central District Representative Pi Lambda, Sigma Theta Tau--2005-Present

Beta Omicron, Sigma Theta Tau--Past Counselor, Treasurer, Newsletter Chair

Statement: I became a member of GNA in hopes of making a difference--to my patients and fellow nurses. In each position I have assumed, both at the state level and local level, I have worked hard to meet my personal goals as well as the goals of the association. Health care provided to today's patients continues to evolve. I want to be a part of the team that helps shape nurse's role in the evolutionary process. Given another opportunity to work within GNA, I will continue to offer my time and expertise--with the overall goal of promoting health care and nursing with the state of Georgia.

CHAIR NOMINATING COMMITTEE (2 YEARS) 1, 2, 3 Vote for 1

Name: KAY HAMPTON

Present Position: Director of Career Education, Coastal Georgia Community College

Education: Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing--Diploma

Georgia Southwestern University--Bachelors Degree

Georgia Southern University--Masters Degree

Offices Held: GNA--Director of Leadership Development--2005-Present

GNA--Finance Committee--2002-Present

GNA--Southeast Regional Representative GNA Advisory Council, Chair GNA District 21--President--1996-1999

GNA District 21--Director--2000-2002

CMAP Board of Directors Vice Chair--2003-Present

Alzheimers of Glynn Board of Directors--Secretary--2004-Present

Amity House Board of Directors--Executive Committee--2001-Present

Statement: The nursing profession has major issues that must be addressed. The RN shortage is critical and projected to last for several years. While the demand for professional nurses is on the rise, at the same time the baby boomer RNs are retiring and the demand for healthcare is increasing. The nursing faculty shortage is also critical while funding and access for faculty education is limited. Workforce issues (safety, overtime, adequate staffing, etc.) must also be addressed. The professional associations (ANA & GNA) have issues in declining membership, loss of revenues, and lack of participation during this time of great need for services, representation, and support on the national and state levels. The profession's lack of political "clout" negatively affects decisions that impact the profession of nursing as well as the practice of the individual RN. The major issue for the chair of the nominating committee and nominating committee members is the lack of willingness to participate when called on to serve in the state association. Everyone is "over- committed." However, we, as RNs, all want services and representation from our professional association. We must step forward and take a role to determine the future of the profession. Someone will make decisions for the professional practice of nursing and it must be "us" not "them."

FOUR MEMBERS, NOMINATING COMMITTEE 1, 2, 3 Vote for 4

Name: DIANE DENTON

Present Position: Assistant Professor Nursing, Coastal Georgia Community College

Education: Jefferson Community College--ASN

Western Kentucky University--BSN

Spalding University, Kentucky--MSN-FNP

Offices Held: GNA--Nursing Practice Commission--2001-2005

GNA--Vice President, District 21--2002-2004

GNA--Delegate, District 21--2001

Church--teach Sunday School, Choir, VBS Henri Woodman Clinic--Volunteer Nurse--2004-Present

Statement: I see the major health issues ahead will be quality of care, safety of our patients due to the shortage in nursing, and more people either without insurance coverage or less coverage available in the future. I would like to see the ANA, and the GNA address the above issues now and in the future. As a member of the nominating committee I would like to provide our association with officers and members that are going to be effective in their offices and are truly interested to serve. If I am elected I will offer my best efforts in service. As an educator I believe we need to portray what a professional nurse does: be active in our associations, volunteer in our communities and fulfill our chosen employment with the quality of care we would give to our own families no matter what area of nursing we have chosen.

Name: ANTOINETTE EARLEY

Present Position: Family Nurse Practitioner, Medical College of Georgia

Education: University of Pennsylvania--BSN U.M.--MPH

Kennesaw State University--MSN

Offices Held: GNA--Chair, Nominating Committee, 5th District--1993

GNA--2nd Vice President, 5th District--1997-1999

Statement: The major issues before the profession of nursing today involve shaping the future of professional nursing while continuing to advocate for quality care. This includes following the dynamic changes occurring in health care on the Federal, State, and local levels and readily addressing the issues evoked by these changes.

The GNA is vigilant regarding pertinent issues as noted for example in the Legislative Platform of 2007 which addresses Consumer Advocacy, Family and Children Advocacy, Work Place Advocacy and Professional Issues. GNA monitors, assesses, advocates, and educates the membership, public, and legislators regarding the current, leading issues in health care.

GNA is faced with the evolving developments regarding the Advance Practice Registered Nurses Prescriptive Authority legislation/implementation, and resulting issues effecting actual practice. Other issues facing GNA include addressing the shortage of nursing faculty, Medicare/Peach Care funding, Public Health Nursing (issues), mandatory over time, labor unions, certification of needs (issues), violence in the work place, and retention of nurses and other health care workers.

Nursing professionals need to educate themselves and know the true status of health care in Georgia and the nation and work to improve it. As patient advocates, nurses need to be aware of the issues and be vocal about those issues affecting our practice and patients. As an elected member of the GNA Nominations Committee, I will do my very best to promote a slate of well qualified officers who will uphold the values of quality health are and patient advocacy.

Name: JUANITA SMITH

Present Position: Senior Staff Nurse and Educator, Grady Health System

Education: Georgia State University--BSN

AIU--Master of Education

Offices Held: GNA--Alternate Delegate--2001-2002, 2004-2005

Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority--Historian--2003-2004

Chi Eta Phi--Delegate, Educator--2003-2005

Statement: There are many major issues in the Nursing profession. First, there is a need to increase community awareness of the Nursing profession, which could increase students entering Nursing as a profession. Secondly, there is a need for hospitals to reassess their Preceptor Program. This reassessment will enhance or improve nurses' critical thinking skills, patient safety, and patient outcomes. Thirdly, the working environment is a concern to the profession. A working environment that is negative, less cohesive among the nurses, and lack collaboration among nurses, other disciplines, and physicians can produce a decrease in productivity, job satisfaction and morality. A positive working environment produces increase in job satisfaction, influences nurses to take an ownership of the working area and increases knowledge and experiences of the nurse.

If I am elected, I can contribute and fulfill the position by being an advocate for nursing to promote a positive working environment. Increase marketability of the Nursing profession so that community awareness is improved. Lastly, help build effective collaboration and communication skills among nursing and other disciplines.

Name: TRACEY WILDS

Present Position: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory Crawford Long Hospital

Education: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing--BSN

Vanderbilt University--MSN

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing--Post-Master Nurse

Practitioner

Offices Held: GNA--Delegate Convention--2004, 2005

Statement: Nursing has done an excellent job promoting the profession & developing retention efforts for younger nurses. Although these efforts must continue, there needs to be more active development of retention efforts for experienced nurses to keep them and their tremendous knowledge active at the bedside. I believe that since Nursing is such a physically demanding job, one venue for retention should be for more states such as Georgia to legislate implementation of a minimal-lift policy for healthcare workers. The capital investment to purchase equipment, especially for smaller health provider environments would greatly exceed the realized expense of workman's compensation and the unrealized expense of losing those who embrace the profession.

DELEGATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (2 YEARS) 1 Vote for 1

Name: WANDA JONES

Present Position: Nurse Practitioner, Department of Army, Fort Benning, GA

Education: Columbus State University--BSN

Troy State University--MSN

Troy State University--Post Master

Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner

Offices Held: GNF--Board of Trustees--2004-Present

ANA Delegate--2005-Present

GNA Treasurer--1998-2005

GNA Columbus District Chapter--Chapter Chair--2005-2006

GNA Hedge Hog Committee--2004-2005

GNA District 3 President--2005-2006

Statement: As a nursing professional, I feel that working environment for nurses should be one of respect, safety, as well as conducive for learning and mentoring. Nurses should be able to work in a non-threatening work environment thereby enabling nurses to perform their duties to the best of their abilities. I would help facilitate, along with GNA, the collaboration with organizations, nurses and other health care providers to establish and implement effective state-wide workplace advocacy programs. Monitoring and determining program priorities would also be one of my goals. Communications and disseminations of information with nurses at all levels is essential in keeping everyone informed on current information from the Center for American Nurses. I would like the opportunity to represent Georgia at the Center for American Nurses Membership Council and then disseminate and implement the information received from the Center to all nurses in Georgia.

Name: MARY STEVENS

Present Position: Clinical Leader, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Education: Brenau University--BSN Macon College--AND

Offices Held: Volunteer--United Way funded Hamilton Senior Citizen's Center

Statement: The ability to effect change in the political arena should be a major concern for the nursing profession. Lack of healthcare for so many in the US necessitates a change which can only be addressed through political activism. The ever rising cost of healthcare forces many families to choose between health care and groceries. Currently in the state of Georgia, Peachcare provides healthcare for uninsured children. Peachcare is presently facing a 131 million dollar federal shortfall. This loss of funding would result in many children not receiving healthcare and healthcare facilities that treat children acquiring greater debt. The 2.4 million registered nurses in the United States have the ability to impact the federal and state governments' support of programs that would adequately provide healthcare to all Americans. Nurses can achieve this by participating in the elective process and by lobbying for state and federal laws which would support healthcare for all Americans in an environment in which nursing care can be delivered safely and effectively. Participating in state and national nursing associations would allow the voice of Registered Nurses to be heard by state and federal representatives. We must strive for preventative health care that would allow all of our citizens the ability to maintain health and prevent disease rather than our present focus on treatment of disease processes. Through grassroots initiative, each of us has the potential to impact other nurses to become involved in professional organizations in which we can work towards these common goals.

Name: LORETTA SWINNEY-SCOTT

Present Position: Staff Nurse/Preceptor/Educator, United States Army

Education: University of Phoenix--BSN

Interfaith Medical Nursing School--AAS

Offices Held: Active Duty at WRAMC, Washington, D.C. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Jacksonville, FL

Statement: I am running for the GNA Delegate at Large to the Center for American Nurses 2007-2009.

I am honored to have this opportunity to give of myself to the Georgia Nurse's Association. My decision to run as a Delegate of GNA is to support some of the major issues that are plaguing nurses today, such as: the nurses' shortage, the constant turn-over of nurses, and the patient and nurse ratio in the workplace.

If given the opportunity I will promise to support, advocate, promote, address issues that are concerns, and assist in being a diligent voice to the perspective issues concerning the Georgia Nurses Association. I will promote professional growth.

I will assure you, I will not be just a member of the GNA rather I will be a delegate with an active voice for better working changes.

I am committed to change and I am sure others like myself believe in the same ideas to voice change; but I am pro-active to make certain, the Georgia's nurses issues are heard and addressed. As a dedicated, committed representative, I will pursue to incorporate Georgia nurses' concerns, and live by my motto: "Get the Job Done." Make your vote count, vote for me.

Name: TRACEY WILDS

Present Position: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory Crawford Long Hospital

Education: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing--BSN

Vanderbilt University--MSN

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing--Post-Master Nurse Practitioner

Offices Held: GNA--Delegate Convention--2004, 2005

Statement: Nursing has done an excellent job promoting the profession & developing retention efforts for younger nurses. Although these efforts must continue, there needs to be more active development of retention efforts for experienced nurses to keep them and their tremendous knowledge active at the bedside. I believe that since Nursing is such a physically demanding job, one venue for retention should be for more states such as Georgia to legislate implementation of a minimal-lift policy for healthcare workers. The capital investment to purchase equipment, especially for smaller health provider environments would greatly exceed the realized expense of workman's compensation and the unrealized expense of losing those who embrace the profession.

ANA DELEGATE AT LARGE AND FIRST ALTERNATE TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN NURSES MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL (2 YEARS) 1, 3 Vote for 1

Name: CINDY BALKSTRA

Present Position: Staff Nurse, St. Joseph's Candler

Education: Villa Maria College--BSN

University of California, San Francisco--MSN

Offices Held: GNA--President-Elect--2005-2007

GNA--Representative to GA Medical Care Foundation--2006-Present

Commission on Nursing Practice--2003-2005

District 1 President--1999-2001

District 1 Treasurer--1997-1999

National Assoc of CNSs--Chair, Affiliate Advisory Committee--2006-2007

Resp. Nursing Society--President-elect, President--2003-2005

Volunteer for the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society, Smoking Cessation Facilitator--1998-Present

Statement: I am excited and enthusiastic about the future of Georgia's nurses and the Georgia Nurses Association. I have had the opportunity to work closely with nurses across the state as a CNS, as a staff nurse, and in my elected role as GNA President-elect. Of major importance are such issues as workplace advocacy/safety, including minimal lift environments and disaster preparedness, clinical practice, employee-employer relations, ethical concerns especially related to quality care of the dying, and physician-nurse relations. Issues of equal importance are rooted in the legislative processes that directly affect prescriptive authority for APRNs, public health funding, faculty salaries, and whistleblower protection. Collaboration with specialty nursing organizations needs to be one of our highest priorities as we tackle these and other topics of concern. Joining forces means strength in numbers and stronger collective influence when navigating our future. Furthermore, it is in nursing's best interest to "be at the table" in order to prevent the restriction and/or erosion of our scope of practice. We must be passionate and conscientious as we continue to integrate the nursing profession into the modern health care arena, yet all the while demonstrating our unique and essential contributions. These are exciting and challenging times in health care; we must rise to the occasion and step forward as the best organization to support and nurture current and future nurses and the profession of nursing.

ANA Delegate--CENTRAL REGION Vote for 1

Name: LINDA EASTERLY

Present Position: Chief Nursing Officer, Barrow Regional Medical Center

Education: Wright State University--BSN

Georgia College & State University--MS

Mercer University--MS

Offices Held: Georgia Board of Nursing--Member--July 2004-Sept 2007

Constituent Assembly of ANA--Director--June 2005-Nov 2007

GNA--President--Oct 2004-Sept 2007

GNF--President--Jan 2007-Dec 2008

Houston County Dept of Family and Children Board--Member

UAPRN--member

Statement: There are many major issues within nursing--with the most pressing, in Georgia, is the shortage of nursing faulty. The aging workforce is a problem that must be faced. The need to find the best way to advance the profession of nursing with in Georgia. The need to redesign the workforce to meet the needs of the health care system--from staffing issues to equipment issues is very serious. I have been involved with these issues for the past 4 years and wish to continue to work on them on a national level.

Name: KAY GATINS

Present Position: Associate Professor, Macon State College

Education: Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta--Diploma MCCG--BSN

NHW, Emory University--MN

Offices Held: GNA--Secretary--2003-2007

GNA--Bylaws Chairperson District--President, Secretary, Treasurer--1972-2005

Theta Tau Chapter--STTI--Treasurer--2005-Present

Statement: Nursing is being impacted by shortages in staffing of healthcare facilities and in the education setting. ANA has the ability to be Nursing's voice in promoting legislation to improve these circumstances. ANA is an advocate for all nurses in their job settings. Programs are developed each year to promote a better, safer workplace for the RN. ANA is reaching out to all nurses to serve as their professional organization with a united voice. I have been an active member of GNA/ANA for thirty-five years. I have been involved with major changes in both organizations. These changes have been successful in keeping ANA/GNA current and viable. I would like to serve GNA as an ANA Delegate to continue this important work.

Name: WANDA JONES

Present Position: Nurse Practitioner, Department of Army, Fort Benning, GA

Education: Columbus State University--BSN

Troy State University--MSN

Troy State University--Post Master

Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner

Offices Held: GNF--Board of Trustees--2004-Present

ANA Delegate--2005-Present

GNA Treasurer--1998-2005

GNA Columbus District Chapter--Chapter Chair--2005-2006

GNA Hedge Hog Committee--2004-2005

GNA District 3 President--2005-2006

Statement: I feel the nursing profession, ANA and GNA are critical to the quality of healthcare and healthcare policy. Involvement in the legislative process is also important to the success of healthcare. Nurses need to be politically active in order to ensure the quality and progression of the nursing profession. As a current ANA delegate, staying up to date on the ANA and legislative policies benefits not only GNA but the nursing profession as well. Having attended the last two ANA House of Delegates, I feel I have the knowledge needed to make decisions on policies and reference proposals brought before the HOD that will eventually affect GNA and the profession as a whole. I would very much like the opportunity to continue to serve GNA as a delegate from the Central Region for ANA House of Delegates.

ANA Delegate--EAST CENTRAL REGION Vote for 1

Name: PATTI COOK

Present Position: Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken

Education: Medical College of Georgia--BSN

Medical College of Georgia--MSN

University of South Carolina--PhD

Offices Held: GNA--Secretary--2001-2003

GNA Chapters--Vice President and Board Member--2006-Present

Commission on Nursing Practice--Member

Cabinet on Nursing Service, Administration and Education--Member

Strategic Planning Committee--Member

East Central District Representative Pi Lambda, Sigma Theta Tau--2005-Present

Beta Omicron, Sigma Theta Tau--Past Counselor, Treasurer, Newsletter Chair

Statement: I became a member of GNA in hopes of making a difference--to my patients and fellow nurses. In each position I have assumed, both at the state level and local level, I have worked hard to meet my personal goals as well as the goals of the association. Health care provided today's patients continues to evolve. I want to be a part of the team that helps shape nurse's role in the evolutionary process. Given another opportunity to work within GNA, I will continue to offer my time and expertise--with the overall goal of promoting health care and nursing with the state of Georgia.

Name: PAMELA CROMER

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia, School of Nursing

Education: University of South Carolina--BSN

Medical College of Georgia--MSN

University of South Carolina--Post

Masters Certificate

Offices Held: Cola, SC. NP Focus Group--served on Nominating, Membership, Welcoming Committees

SC Nurses Association, Advanced Practice Association, and Nurse Practitioner Group of Columbia, SC.--Member

Red Dress Campaign for Women and Heart Disease, Columbia, SC--Member--2003-2006

Statement: Nursing is a proud identity, valued and honored by those of us choosing to become a nurse. I am saddened and anxious over the nursing workforce shortage and the shortage of primary care MD's in our country. Expenditures for health care are soaring. The uninsured numbers are growing daily. It is paramount that nurses step up and assert themselves as policy makers, providers, and decision makers to demonstrate to the public that the "caring model" defined by nursing only compliments and transcends the "curative model" of medicine. Combined, these frameworks place the focus on patients and populations of which we are responsible. They create a uniformity that promotes the health and wellbeing of our citizens, increases patient access, improved fiscal responsibility, and increased professionalism. If chosen, I will serve honorably as an advocate for the nursing profession and continue to groom future nurses for their important roles in the care and futures of mankind and the healthcare industry.

Name: ERICA PRATER

Present Position: Unit Director of Oncology and 5th Medical, Athens Regional Medical Center

Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill--BA

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill--BSN

Offices Held: GNA--Treasurer--2005-Present

East Central Regional Representative--2004-2005

District 11 President--1999-2001

Programs Chairperson--1998-1999

GNA Finance Committee--2000-Present

Athens Nurses Clinic Board--1999-2000

Statement: Nurses in America need to solve several major issues. First and foremost is the nursing shortage. This can be solved if we can solve the nursing faculty shortage in our schools of nursing who are having to turn away qualified applicants. Funding for graduate programs, increased salaries for nursing professors, and recruitment activities to attract experienced RNs to the academic setting are needed to fill the gap.

Nurses in America must also work together and with the rest of the healthcare team to create work environments where communication skills are abundant, teamwork is fostered and expected, and respect for one another is without question. This will improve retention, another contributing factor to the shortage. The newer nurses are far less likely to put up with the negative behaviors that have too long been the norm in healthcare. Research in patient safely, communication skills, and performance improvement do offer hope and guidance for nurses to improve the work environment.

Nurses in America must stay vigilant to position themselves to be the major factor in the real solution to the economic realities in patient care. Financial pressures on healthcare institutions have never been greater and are only increasing. Nurses, with their diverse skill sets and profound knowledge of the patient, will be key players in making sure that all people have access to quality healthcare.

Name: CHRIS SAMUELSON

Present Position: Nurse Manager-Acute Care Clinics and Vascular Access Department, VA., Medical Center, Augusta, GA

Education: University of South Carolina,

Columbia, SC--BSN

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA--MSN

Offices Held: GNA District 10--President 1991-1995

GNA--Advisory Counsel Chair 1993-1994

GNA--President-Elect 1995

GNA--President 1996-1999

Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Omicron--Director, Membership Involvement--2003-2005

Statement: Health care and the vital role that Nursing plays continue to be critical issues in our professional practice. Being involved in both the state and national arena are important avenues to represent registered nurses. I would like to continue active involvement at these levels and again seek the opportunity to represent GNA as an ANA delegate and would consider it an honor and privilege to do so.

ANA Delegate--SOUTHEAST REGION Vote for 1

Name: KAY HAMPTON

Present Position: Director of Career Education, Coastal Georgia Community College

Education: Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing--Diploma

Georgia Southwestern University--Bachelors Degree

Georgia Southern University--Masters Degree

Offices Held: GNA--Director of Leadership Development--2005-Present

GNA--Finance Committee--2002-Present

GNA--Southeast Regional Representative

GNA Advisory Council, Chair

GNA District 21--President--1996-1999

GNA District 21--Director--2000-2002

CMAP Board of Directors Vice Chair--2003-Present

Alzheimers of Glynn Board of Directors--Secretary--2004-Present

Amity House Board of Directors--Executive Committee--2001-Present

Statement: In the information for Nominations Chair, I provided information on issues facing the profession and the association. My past experience with being an ANA delegate affords me the opportunity to continue my involvement at the national level. I believe that as a professional I must be involved in the issues facing the profession both at the state and national level. I will study the issues, provide information to the southeast region, attend the sessions, and vote based on my knowledge of the issues and region's wishes.

ANA Delegate--SOUTHWEST REGION Vote for 1

Name: SHEILA WARREN

Present Position: Regional Director--Unihealth Solutions SOURCE

Education: Valdosta State University--MSN

Offices Held: GNA Director of Membership Development--Present

ANA Delegate, Southwest Region--Present

Former Regional Director and ANA delegate of the Southwest Region

Chapter Chair of the Nursing Collaborative of South Georgia--May 2006-Present

Chair person of Hahira/Lowndes County Community Outreach Cor. Serves of Youth Council of the WIA

Statement: As a delegate to the ANA convention, I will have the opportunity to advance the issues that are important to nurses in Georgia and assist with influencing the direction of nursing on a national level. It is important that the ANA hear the voices of the nurses in the South. The political climate is changing and nurses have to be more vocal about the health care needs of our patients and clients and one way to do that is to participate in the debate at the national level. I would like to be a part of that dialogue.

ANA Delegate--NORTH REGION Vote for 1

Name: TERI YARBROUGH

Present Position: Patient Care Coordinator, Regency Hospice

Education: ASN--Nursing

Offices Held: Georgia Student Nurses Association--President--1994-1995

Statement: If elected as GNA ANA North District Delegate, I want to meet with the GNA membership in my district via in person, telephone or e-mail to see what they feel are the major issues facing nursing today. The major issues I see are unlicensed personnel performing nursing duties, nurse/patient ratio, nursing shortage, and continuing education. If elected as GNA ANA North District Delegate, I will meet with the GNA members in my district to inform them of the issues before ANA/GNA House of Delegates, elicit their opinions, and to hear of any other issues concerning them regarding nursing and/or the association. If elected as GNA ANA North District Delegate, I will then take the memberships concerns to the House of Delegates. As needed, I will let our local, state, and federal representatives know how nurses feel about the bills that will affect our profession. I will also work on educating the GNA membership in my district on the issues, how the issue affects them and how to have their voice heard and make a difference. It is important for nurses to become more involved in their profession, because nursing is a profession not just a job or career. If we don't treat nursing as a profession then we will see our jobs go to others that don't have the patients' best interest at heart. Just as this year's theme for Nurses Week is "Nursing: A Profession and A Passion," we need work on keeping it that way.

ANA Delegate--NORTH CENTRAL REGION Vote for 2

Name: PETER BJERKEROT

Present Position: Private Nurse Consultant, Boy RN Consulting

Education: Georgia State University--BSN

Offices Held: GNF--Board of Trustees Member--2006-Present

GNA--Continuing Education Review Committee Member--2004-Present

GNA Nurse Advocate Program for 5th District

Nurse Advocate Program--Chair--1993-1999

National Oncology Nurses Society--Keynote Speaker at Advanced Practice Nurses Meeting--2006

Faculty and planner of 5 National Regional Meetings focusing on Geriatric Oncology Nursing--2005-2006

Governor's Council of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Substance Abuse

Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance--2003-Present

Statement: As a nurse I have worked in many different positions, from Staff Nurse, to Manager, to Director and most recently as a nurse entrepreneur. I have worked in the private and public sector, and have been actively involved with the Georgia Nurses Association through-out my career. Nursing is my profession, my vocation, and my avocation. Over the last three years, I have had the opportunity to travel through-out the USA and Canada, and have met my nurse colleagues in almost every state. The more I experience, the more I am proud to be a nurse from Georgia. We have a lot to be proud of when it comes to our professional organization. I am seeking the position of ANA Delegate because I feel it is my responsibility to serve as a voice for my peers in today's ever changing nursing environment. We have begun a new chapter in the American Nurses Association's rich history. We face many challenges, but also have many wonderful and exciting opportunities that we have never had before. I would be honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as your representative at the ANA House of Delegates. I will represent all the members of GNA as I participate in the HOD process and will report the outcome of this process to my colleagues here in Georgia

Name: MYRA CARMON

Present Position: Associate Professor, Georgia State University

Education: Georgia Baptist--Diploma

Medical College of Georgia--BSN

Nell Hodgson Woodruff Child Health Nursing--MSN/PNP

Offices Held: GNA--President--2002-2004

GNA--President Elect--2001-2002

Commission on Legislation NAPNAP Legislative Chair--1998-2007

Epsilon Alpha--Chair of Nominations--1997-2007

March of Dimes--Public Affairs Committee--1999-2007

Statement: Nursing is experiencing many changes and challenges. The nursing shortage is of great concern to nursing, the general public, and to nursing organizations. Even though this issue has been discussed and proposed potential solutions in many venues, there is not a solution as of this time. There are more students than ever applying to nursing schools but enrollments are limited due to faculty shortages, classroom shortages, and clinical sites. There is legislation and movement to correct some of these limitations but the shortage continues. Nurses must become more politically involved to have a voice and make changes in nursing and healthcare. Political activism individually and through organizations will stimulate interest and awareness of problems and spur interest and support from legislators and the public.

The number of nurses joining professional organizations is declining both at the state and national level. This decrease in numbers compared to the state and national total numbers, decreases the clout of speaking as a unified voice for nursing. Nurses must be stimulated to join organizations and organizations must take a look to see what they are offering nurses.

I am active in nursing organizations at the state and national level, including membership on the Congress for Nursing Practice and Economics. This involvement keeps me abreast of current issues facing nursing. I believe I have the knowledge and experience to make decisions that would benefit all nurses in facing the changes and challenges of the 21st century.

Name: CONNIE GRAVES

Present Position: Retired

Education: Crawford W. Long School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA--Diploma

Georgia State University--BSN

Offices Held: GNA--Member, Finance Committee--2006-Present

GNA--Chair E&GW Cabinet--1988-1990, 1994-1995

GNA--Advisory Council Chair--1984-1988

Chair, Northwest Metro Chapter of GNA--2005-Present

District President--1984-1988

Newsletter Chair

Statement: Having been an active member of GNA for more than thirty five years and serving in numerous offices at both the local and State level I feel that I have the experience and insight needed to represent my fellow GNA members in the ANA House of Delegates. Being familiar with the activities of ANA and GNA and being aware of the needs of Georgia nurses will help me be an informed delegate on the issues that will be brought to the ANA House.

Name: EMMA JEAN POWELL

Present Position: Staff RN, VAMC Atlanta

Education: Brenau University--BSN

University of Saint Francis--MHSA

Offices Held: GNA--Past Vice President

GNA--VAMC Unit, President

Statement: As a candidate for ANA delegate I bring my long tenure and experience as a nurse activist at the local, state and national level. ANA and GNA is faced with many challenges as the healthcare environment and the workplace environment forever change. I feel I have the knowledge, background, and skills needed to effectively represent the nurses of Georgia on a national level. As a delegate, I will persevere to put forth the agenda that best reflects the views of the nurses of Georgia.

Name: JUANITA SMITH

Present Position: Senior Staff Nurse and Educator, Grady Health System

Education: Georgia State University--BSN

AIU--Master of Education

Offices Held: GNA--Alternate Delegate--2001-2002, 2004-2005

Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority--Historian--2003-2004

Chi Eta Phi--Delegate, Educator--2003-2005

Statement: There are many major issues in the Nursing profession. First, there is a need to increase community awareness of the Nursing profession, which could increase students entering Nursing as a profession. Secondly, there is a need for hospitals to reassess their Preceptor Program. This reassessment will enhance or improve nurses' critical thinking skills, patient safety, and patient outcomes. Thirdly, the working environment is a concern to the profession. A working environment that is negative, less cohesive among the nurses, and lack collaboration among nurses, other disciplines, and physicians can produce a decrease in productivity, job satisfaction and morality. A positive working environment produces increase in job satisfaction, influences nurses to take an ownership of the working area and increases knowledge and experiences of the nurse.

If I am elected, I can contribute and fulfill the position by being an advocate for nursing to promote a positive working environment. Increase marketability of the Nursing profession so that community awareness is improved. Lastly, help build effective collaboration and communication skills among nursing and other disciplines.

Name: SUE STEVENS

Present Position: President, Board Member, Perimeter Adult Learning and Services

Education: Adelphi University--BS

Adelphi University--MS

University of Alabama at Birmingham--DSN

Offices Held: GNA--Vice Chair Public Relations/ Membership--1995-1997

GNA--5th District Editor, Newsletter--1993-1997, 1998

GNA--5th District Public Relations Committee--1991-1994

MAAPPNG--Member--1991-Present

International Society of Psychiatric Nurses--Member--1991-Present

Perimeter Adult Learning & Services--Board Member, Faculty, Vice President, Recording Secretary--1998-Present

Statement: I have been an ANA tri-level member for forty years and keep up on ANA and GNA issues regularly. I have served GNA in several capacities over the years and feel confident I can be helpful as a delegate to the ANA Convention. With over 32 years clinical and teaching experience, and my current volunteer work with retirees, I am well aware of the pressing issues facing nursing and health care today. I believe ANA should have the following priorities: enhancing workplace satisfaction and safety; increasing the supply of US educated nurses and nursing faculty; and addressing problems in health care access.

Name: CATHALENE TEAHAN

Present Position: Policy Consultant, Self Employed

Education: St. Vincent Hospital, MA--Diploma

Skidmore College, NY--BSN

University of Hawaii, HI--MSN

Offices Held: GNA/GBON Task Force for Nurse Practice Act--1984-1988

GNA--Chair Legislative/Policy Commission--2001-2005

GNA Delegate

GNA--District Legislative Chair--1990-1992

ANA Nominating Committee--2006-Georgia Nurses Foundation Board

ANA--Congress on Nursing Practice--2002-2006

ANCC--Commission on Certification--2004-2006

March of Dimes--Present

Future of Public Health Nursing--2006-Present

GA AIDS Coalition--President--1989-Present

Statement: I have served on ANA's Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. I also served on the ANCC Commission on Certification. During my experience as a Health Care Consultant and Legislative Strategist I have contributed to achieve improvement in the profession of nursing and in health care. Nursing is at a critical point because of the shortage of nurses, and nursing faculty, and the overall condition of the health care system. I chose to be a candidate for ANA Delegate because I believe my experience working in the field of health care policy development and being an advocate for nursing makes me well qualified to serve.

Name: DOREEN WAGNER

Present Position: Full time doctoral student

Education: Tallahassee Community College, FL--ASN

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA--MSN

University of South Florida, Tampa--PhD

Offices Held: GNA--Nominations Committee--2005-Present

GNA--Marketing and Communication Committee--2004-2005

Chapter--Director--2004-Present

District 13 Delegate--2002, 2004

National Committee Appointment--AORN's Recommended

Practices Committee, Member--2006-Present

National Committee Appointment--AORN's Presidential

Commission on Patient Safety, Member--2003-2006

Georgia Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses--State Chair

Statement: As an ANA Delegate, I would serve the nurses of our state to the best of my ability by continuing to be both aware and informed about health care and nursing issues. Nurses are at the front line of care and are considered a trusted societal need in the provision of health care. There are many issues facing our profession and I believe the major issues include the nursing shortage. More nurses in our facilities means safer patient care and improved workplace safety! Nursing education funding impacts our future nurses. This funding also helps to support educating more nursing faculty. We can begin to improve some shortage issues with new and continued initiatives that impart changes related to educational funding and for universities to increase faculty positions. I also see a need for more support for nursing research. All levels of research activity can lead to more informed and improved patient care while advancing the science of nursing. If elected, I will be honored to serve as your ANA Delegate and work towards a strong nursing future!

Name: TRACEY WILDS

Present Position: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory Crawford Long Hospital

Education: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing--BSN

Vanderbilt University--MSN

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing--Post-Master Nurse Practitioner

Offices Held: GNA--Delegate Convention--2004, 2005

Statement: Nursing has done an excellent job promoting the profession & developing retention efforts for younger nurses. Although these efforts must continue, there needs to be more active development of retention efforts for experienced nurses to keep them and their tremendous knowledge active at the bedside. I believe that since Nursing is such a physically demanding job, one venue for retention should be for more states such as Georgia to legislate implementation of a minimal-lift policy for healthcare workers. The capital investment to purchase equipment, especially for smaller health provider environments would greatly exceed the realized expense of workman's compensation and the unrealized expense of losing those who embrace the profession.

DIRECTOR (PRESIDENT) LABOR RELATIONS & DELEGATE AT LARGE TO THE UAN NATIONAL LABOR ASSEMBLY (2 YEARS) 3 Vote for 1

Name: EULA ROULAND

Present Position: Chief Steward, VAMC, Atlanta

Present Offices Chief Steward Held:

Past Offices Held: Steward

Statement: Issues in the Nursing profession today I believe impact the providers as well as the customer. The nursing profession is plagued with long hours, insufficient staffing ratio, and unsafe work environment (asked to provide care without the proper equipment to perform the task safely) to list a few. Workplace injuries are on the rise. Although there is an increased enrollment in the profession-nursing program, the heath care environment has not felt the trend. Nurses continue to leave the bedside seeking better work hours and conditions. Bedside care is provided by agency and unlicensed profession in many health settings. Customers in the health care environment cannot depend on the same nurses to provide care throughout hospitalization.

Name: IRMA WESTMORELAND

Present Position: VAMC Augusta 509

Present Offices Vice President, LRU Held: Secretary, NVAC Unit UAN President, local VAMC Augusta GNA/UAN

Past Offices Held: Vice President local VAMC Augusta GNA/UAN

Director at Large, LRU

Director Staff Nurse GNA Board

Statement: I am an experienced union activist on a local, state, and national level. I will bring, if elected, this experience to the leadership of the LRU. I have filed and won unfair labor practices, step 3 grievances, and many informal grievances. I have studied and know the regulations surrounding collective bargaining and can provide the leadership required to enforce the master UAN contract and assist with local bargaining. I am currently chief negotiator for our local Augusta contract. We need to grow membership and communicate our wins to the constituents so they can see what we are doing for them. I can and will be a strong experienced leader for GNA/UAN LRU. We have to get our voice heard. The union is the only way to get safe and improved working conditions for the staff nurse. I can and will continue to fight for a strong active LRU in GNA.

VICE PRESIDENT LABOR RELATIONS & ALTERNATE DELEGATE AT LARGE TO THE UAN NATIONAL LABOR ASSEMBLY (2 YEARS) 3 Vote for 1

Name: CATHY BILLITER

Present Position: VAMC, Augusta

Present Offices Director at Large LRU

Held: Vice President Augusta VAMC unit GNA/UAN National Safety Representative UAN

Past Offices Held: President LRU

Vice President Augusta VAMC GNA/UAN

Secretary Augusta VAMC GNA/UAN

Statement: In the VA system and in private sector adequate staffing of RNs is a major issue. Facilities are utilizing UAP and LPNs to provide most staffing, severely limiting members of RN staff working. Not only is this a patient safety issue but the profession of nursing being given away to other disciplines. Nurses have unique skills and abilities and must fight to preserve these. Overtime is being used extensively, leaving RNs exhausted and, again, patient safety is an issue. Safe working conditions, nurse-patient ratios, overtime all need to be addressed.

I have 31 years experience in staffing nursing, nursing education at the university level, and nursing education in the hospital. I am a Board Certified Advance Practice nurse in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.

Name: LISA BRADSHAW-SMALL

Present Position: VAMC, Atlanta

Statement: If I am elected as Vice President I intend to fully support the union members and its president.

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) established in 2005 has just passed in the House and is pending before the Senate. This piece of legislation makes it easier for workers to join a union if they so desire. Some workers fail to act on their rights due to fear of loss of their jobs. One of the intents of this act is to enforce significant penalties on employers who fire or threaten workers who are trying to organize. This point is broadcast to point out how important unions are and the importance of workers to take advantage of the opportunity for union membership.

I propose to work to advocate for the right to utilization of vacation and sick time benefits, to clarify seniority provisions, and to fight for improved working conditions, reasonable work schedules and equivalent treatment.

It is acknowledged that few union members are familiar with their contractual rights, work rules and the restrictions on managements' rights. =A primary role of the union is to bargain on behalf of its members. =As union vice president I intend to fulfill two primary roles: 1) to defend the member, and 2) to protect the union and the contract.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE LABOR RELATIONS (2 YEARS) 3 Vote for 1

Name: CONETTA GOSA-SAM

Present Position: VAMC, Atlanta

Present Offices Steward, VAMC Atlanta

Held: Secretary for Sunday School

Memorial Middle School PTA, Secretary Task Force Committee

Statement: I am seeking office to represent collective bargaining nurses at the state level, utilizing my experience as a union steward. Working in this position will allow me to use my leadership skills to further support nurses in the collective bargaining process professionally and effectively.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE LABOR RELATIONS (2 YEARS) 3 Vote for 1

Name: JOYCE BEEKS

Present Position: VAMC, Atlanta

Present Offices Currently Director at Large to

Held: the Labor Relations Cabinet of GNA

Past Offices Held: Director at Large, and Chairperson of the Labor Relations Unit of GNA G NA--Nominations Committee District 2nd Vice President

Statement: The profession has many issues; among them are the nursing shortage and use of UAP, overtime, safe patient handling, and movement to name a few. I would love to continue the work we started in the LRU with reorganizing under the new structure and educating nurses.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE LABOR RELATIONS (2 YEARS) 3 Vote for 1

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