Holly Carlson

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Holly Carlson RN, MS, CCRN
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center
INA Member Since 2012

I started as a junior hospital volunteer at the age of 14.  I have been an RN for 15 years and employed in healthcare for 20 years.  I have a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and currently direct 32 critical care beds in Boise, Idaho.  I have worked in essentially every bedside role that focuses on adult care.  I am currently the Secretary in the INA Board of Directors and love the involvement in conference planning committee.  I am invigorated by the variety and pace of healthcare.  I truly believe that the key to exceptional patient care is achieved through empowered happy nurses.

In what ways has membership in INA been valuable to you?
My INA membership removed the perception that nurses are not respected let alone have a voice in healthcare.  The association with the ANA and the strategic planning that is conducted to advocate for nurses on a national level touches my heart deeply and I am hooked!

Why would you encourage other RNs to join INA?
Empower yourself to become a part of the whole!  You are not the victim!  You have an opportunity to advocate for yourself, your peers, and your patients.  You can have a voice in healthcare reform and best of all the educational opportunities are bottomless.  By being a part of INA you are a part of the ANA that is passionate about our profession.