Tennessee Nurses association announces new executive director.
"TNA is excited to have Sharon Adkins joining us as our new executive director! Sharon has been a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association for many years and has served our association in many capacities," said Susan T. Sanders, MSN, RN, CNAA, president of TNA. "Additionally, she has been the recipient of multiple nursing awards including TNA Outstanding Member of the Year in 1993."
"Sharon brings nursing experience at the national, state and local levels to our association. Along with her experience, she brings ideas on how to move Tennessee's nursing profession forward. Please join me in welcoming Sharon to her new role and feel free to contact either of us with your suggestions for the future of professional nursing in Tennessee," Sanders said.
"Though we are facing mounting challenges in nursing and healthcare, we are also presented with this time of 'opportunity' to reinvent ourselves and our organization, to think creatively, and to envision a future of growth, collaboration and political strength," said Adkins, of Portland, Tenn. "Working for the Tennessee Nurses Association will allow me to meet these challenges, take a new direction, and help move the nursing profession forward on another level."
Adkins most recently developed the Center for Parish Nursing & Health Ministries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center during a rich career of more than 20 years with the well known educational institution. During her years at Vanderbilt, Adkins served in many roles including director of the Center for Parish Nursing & Health Ministries, consultant for The Learning Center, service specialist, conference and seminar coordinator, and adjunct faculty.
During her years as a TNA member, Adkins served as president from 1995-97, president-elect, vice president and second vice president. She recently served as vice president on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation, the nonprofit arm of TNA founded to provide a mechanism for supporting programs that meet the special needs of TNA members and other nurses in Tennessee.
Adkins was elected to the executive committee of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Constituent Assembly (TNA's parent organization at the national level) and served as a TNA delegate to the ANA House of Delegates for a number of years.
Adkins began her nursing career in 1970 as a staff nurse at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. Her expertise also includes working as a perinatal coordinator, hospital representative, pharmaceutical sales representative and an in-service coordinator for the Mayo Medical Center-Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
She holds a bachelor's of science in nursing degree from the University of Minnesota, a master's of science in nursing in nursing administration degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and she is a 1997 graduate of the Parish Nurse Preparation Institute at the Marquette University College of Nursing.
Adkins is a member of numerous professional and community organizations including: the Tennessee Center for Nursing, where she has served as a board member since 2005; the Health Ministries Association, where she served as president from 2003-05; Hospital Hospitality House, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2001 until present; and Alive Hospice of Nashville, where she serves on the executive committee of the board.
Adkins replaces Deanna Menesses, who recently relocated back to Louisiana.
Founded in 1905, TNA is the only full-service professional organization for the state's 70,000 registered nurses. The mission of TNA is to promote and protect the registered nurse and advance the practice of nursing in order to assure a healthier Tennessee.