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Lead a Professional Healthcare Association

Lead a Professional Healthcare Association

Jennifer LeClaire / Monster Contributing Writer

Overcoming Challenges

Just because you have what it takes doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges during your tenure. Heading up a professional association can be a major time commitment that involves paperwork, travel and cooperating with opinion-seeking journalists.

“The only major drawback is the time commitment,” says Linda A. Lewandowski, PhD, RN, past president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) and professor of pediatric nursing at Wayne State University’s College of Nursing. “My frustration is wishing I could do more, but there are real-world work commitments, too.”

For those at the top of most healthcare organizations, leadership in a professional healthcare organization isn’t what pays the bills. They typically work full-time in addition to assuming these extracurricular commitments.

“If you have young children, you have to decide just how much of your individual time is going to be taken away from them, and whether it’s going to damage your relationships,” says Marrise Phillips, RN, past president of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA). “You need your family’s cooperation, because you have to parse some time each day and assign that to the volunteer position that you have assumed.”


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