Grace C. Jacobson, PhD Pharmacy Admin, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor Emerita
Idaho State University (retired in 2002 after 30 years)
INA Member Since 1975
My background and experience in the nursing profession includes: Nursing Instructor at Idaho State University, 1973 through 2002; Associate Professor 1996, tenured in 1985; Expert Witness, Malpractice Resource, 1994 - 1999; American Journal of Nursing, Professional Seminars Faculty, 1989 - 1996; Mosby Reviewer, 1988 - 2001; US Army Nurse Reserve and Active Duty, 1957 – 59, 1989 - 1999; Staff Nurse, Bannock Regional Medical Center, 1975 – 2000; Co-Coordinator Maternal Transport Team, 1985-1996; Clinic, Babenhausen Germany, 1971-73; Supervisor, St. Johns, Lansing Kansas, 1965-69; General Duty, Memorial Hospital, Bradenton Florida, 1960-61, 1963-64; Medical Reserve Corps, Public Health District 6, 2006 – present; Member Sigma Theta Tau, 1984 - present; Rho Chi Society, 1990 - present; Idaho Commission on Nursing and Nursing Education, 1986 – 1989; State Board of Nursing Advisory Group, 1988 – 2002; publications in Refereed Journals and other media (newspapers, books, etc); numerous professional presentations for peers and community; ongoing continuing education, numerous honors and awards, both civilian and military.
In what ways has membership in INA been valuable to you?
Membership has allowed me opportunities to interact with colleagues across this state, the US and internationally. I have been able to observe and participate in various leadership positions and privileged to be part of discussions affecting change in our profession as well as its practice. Every nurse who is active in INA/ANA can be part of influencing health care through legislation, research and clinical application.
Why would you encourage other RNs to join INA?
INA provides a forum for discussion of nurses’ and nursing concerns, away from the work place, with other professionals. We can have the benefit of a variety of opinions and find support in shared values of nursing, stimulating both our thoughts and enthusiasm. Participation of newly graduated nurses in this organization, through interaction with more seasoned nurses, can effect a smoother transition and more sympathetic reception to the reality of nursing. Opportunities to network and to influence health care through both individual and united action are the core of the organization.