Being a part of American Association of Colleges of Nursing activities is nothing new to Harriet Feldman, RN, PhD, FAAN.
The dean and professor of the Pace University College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing in Pleasantville, N.Y., has been an AACN member for more than two decades. Her work with the organization includes service with the government affairs committee, the mentoring subcomittee and as a state grassroots liaison.
All of that experience led to her recent election to a two-year, at-large term to the AACN Board of Directors. Feldman, who began her service March 24 at the AACNs Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., isnt taking her new role lightly.
Im trying to learn very quickly what the strategic goals are for this year, and what I expect to be doing is helping to develop whatever the new strategic plan will be, Feldman said before the meeting. I expect to be learning a tremendous amount because as much as I try to keep up with what’s happening nationally, you just cant possibly do that and everything else. It will be very exciting to learn firsthand a lot of this information.
Feldman said the challenge for the AACN in coming years will be staying ahead of the curve. She said one area the AACN will continue to influence is interprofessional work. With so many different health disciplines working side by side, it will become even more important to maximize those relationships.
Feldman, who recently served as interim provost at Pace, holds the AACN in high regard, noting its impact on influencing funding for nursing education and nursing research. Feldman said she has benefited greatly from her time as an AACN member, and she wants to do her part to make an impact on its future.
Its been helpful to me because Ive learned so much, and to be able to be part of the leadership team to help move forward practices and policies is really exciting, Feldman said. I hope when Im finished with my service, whenever that is, that I will have made an imprint. I think thats why any of us become involved in service: because we want to help shape the future of nursing.
Tom Clegg is a freelance writer.