Ann M. Voda, PhD, RN
Professor Emerita of Nursing
University of Utah College of Nursing
INA Member for over 30 years
I am a retired professor of nursing, University of Utah College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah. I am also an internationally known women’s health researcher who has published widely and through research has changed societal attitudes regarding women and what is a healthy life during reproductive years. At present, I am a volunteer nurse with Adopt-A-Native Elder Program, a humanitarian group that assists Navajo Native American Elderly. I travel to the reservation (in Northern Arizona) with a large group twice a year, but with another colleague, I make home visits to Elderly Navajos who can no longer attend the larger gatherings. A home visit to these Elderly Navajos and their families takes me to very remote areas of the Navajo Reservation. It is a challenge to drive into some of these areas, but the reward is the smile on the face of the Elderly when they receive the visit and the items that they need in order to enhance the quality of their lives.
In what ways has membership in INA been valuable to you?
I have been a nurse for almost 50 years and I am proud to be a member of the most trusted group of health professionals. Even though retired, I am active in several ways, and even though not directly involved with INA (except for volunteering to assist with publication endeavors), I feel connected to the nursing community through my membership. RN Idaho keeps me up-to-date on what is important for nurses to know in Idaho.
Why would you encourage other RNs to join INA?
It just is the best professional thing to do, to support your professional organization. There are so many benefits via ANA as well as the networking capability via INA. No nurse should exist in a vacuum and INA is the way to keep up-to-date on issues that are pertinent and important to nursing in Idaho.