Valeda "Val" C. Greenspan, PhD, RN
Director of Alumni Relations (2010-2011), Boise State University
Executive Administrator, Barney Greenspan, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
ANA and State Member since the 1960's
My career positions include clinical (CCU, OR, rehabilitation, nursing home), progressive rank to associate professor in university nursing education, administrative roles (Dean at MSU, interim associate chair 1.5 years at BSU), experience in roles as consultant, researcher, grant manager, author and presenter. INA postions – current secretary and board of directors; delegate to ANA HOD. North Dakota (NDNA) positions – ANA delegate x 2, Vice President and Board of Directors, Finance Committee member, liaison to CE Committee; district delegate to NDNA, treasurer, and nominating committee chair.
In what ways has membership in INA been valuable to you?
Initially, I benefited from attending local or district meetings in the following ways: gained information on issues impacting the nursing profession and networked with colleagues having similar interests and who desired to contribute to the nursing profession and its growth. It was never a question of whether I would be a member. Rather, it was expected that each graduate would join and contribute as a professional registered nurse. The publications received as a member benefit also kept me current and helped me see nursing more holistically beyond the position I currently held. Later, I held various leadership positions in the local/district level, which were followed by state level leadership roles. These leadership positions contributed to my overall career development. Growth opportunities included visiting with national nursing leaders at state conventions, service at the ANA House of Delegates (HOD) and visiting with state congressional delegations when the HOD was held in Washington, DC.
The greatest impact on me personally occurred in North Dakota in the 1980s when the state association worked with schools of nursing in planning to implement nursing leaders 1950’s positions for the baccalaureate level as entry into practice for future graduates. Legislative bills countered this plan and it became vital for the state nursing association to assume a leadership role in concert with the licensing board and other nursing leaders to convince legislators that the baccalaureate level would not cause non- baccalaureate prepared nurses to neither lose their jobs nor initially change the salary structure. When the first legislative bill was submitted, I was suddenly “initiated” into political action; both personal success and state level success on this nursing education issue would not have been possible without the support and forward thinking of the state association.
Why would you encourage other RNs to join INA?
The reasons other nurses should join are the same as I gave for myself--broadening nursing perspectives from local to international levels and growing as a contributor to the nursing profession and as a nursing leader. Networking with professional colleagues is valuable. It is important for a nurse’s professional growth to rise beyond the position of employment to the profession as a whole. Everyday, issues affect nursing and the health of the populace. These issues are usually more effectively addressed by a group/organization/association than by an individual. An individual nurse will not always agree with every position of the group/ organization/association, but it is important to bring individual positions forward on their merits and evidence. Thus, an individual nurse may impact positions of a group/ organization/association and vice versa. Joining INA provides you an opportunity to participate in this reciprocal process aimed at benefiting the nursing profession as a whole. INA should be strengthened by every nurse member and nurse members should be strengthened via the benefits received from membership.