We have had a great learning experience in NALA this year at Louisville, KY! The Nursing Organization Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of leaders within national boards of…. You guessed it- NURSES. This weekend conference focused on developing nurse leaders on the national level to provide strategies to improve organizations and provide a fulfilling membership experience. Sarah, Chris, Amanda, Donna, and Bruce were able to network and learn how to be a more effective Board along with organizations big and small from around the country.
Day 1 started off with an expert leadership coach, Anne Collier, COO of Arudia, a firm dedicated to improving culture, collaboration and communication amongst leaders in the public and private sectors. Mrs. Collier is certified in a number of psychometric tools and practiced law for over a decade prior to developing “The Workplace Toolkit-Actionable Approaches to People Problems.”
ARIN was featured during the Sharing Best Practices Poster Session with Bruce Boulter, Executive Director, presenting “Developing Clinical and Business Partners.” All poster presentations can be found here: https://www.nursing-alliance.org/Portals/15/2019%20NALA/NOA_NALA19_BestPracticesSigns.pdf
Another beneficial session was “The Partnership Between the Board and Chief Staff Officer.” The Executive Director of Society of Trauma Nurses, Stephanie Czuhajewski, spoke in conjunction with Sarah Mattocks, President of Society of Trauma Nurses on communication, collaboration, and clearly defining roles and expectations of both the Board and management company. Board roles were defined as development of the mission/vision/strategy, long term planning, with impact and outcomes. The management company role was defined as how to accomplish those goals, going from mission statement to mission accomplished one task at a time, operations, management and short-term forecasting. This helped to remind us as a Board, we should continue to develop long term goals that support our mission of being the World’s premier source for Imaging Nurses and vision of connecting, advancing and promoting Radiologic and Imaging Nursing.
The last session of the day was an opportunity for networking on topics like strategic planning, succession planning, effective board relationships, marketing and social media.
The day ended on a bus tour of the city and a reception at Work the Metal, a local owned eclectic business where we enjoyed Southern Hospitality complete with live music, camaraderie, libations, and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Day 2 topics included legal issues for the volunteer leader, financial stewardship for Board members, more networking and a session on how to hold effective meetings.