For the past 10 years, Linda Tieman, MN, RN, FACHE, Washington Center for Nursing executive director, has led efforts to promote the nursing profession and advance the nursing workforce in Washington State to meet healthcare needs today and for the future, according to a news release. Here are some of the WCN highlights achieved under her tenure, according to the Washington Center for Nursing Board of Directors. Tieman has:
-Facilitated important relationships with key stakeholders in the state as well as nationwide to enhance nursing education and practice;
-Became a repository on nursing workforce data and resources;
-Taught thousands of K-12 students and their families about opportunities and careers in nursing through WCNs participation in career fairs and other community events;
-Promoted nursing career mobility and nursing leadership development through statewide workshops with acclaimed facilitators;
-Raised more than $1 million for nursing scholarships, faculty fellowships and nursing school expansion grants though a partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Promise of Nursing for Washington Gala;
-Acquired two Academic Progression in Nursing grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the IOMs Future of Nursing recommendations of having a more highly prepared, diverse nursing workforce that is poised to lead health care.
The board will begin the search for Tiemans replacement soon. Its is highest priority is that WCNs work continues under long-term, stable leadership, Victoria Fletcher, MSN, ARNP, FACNM, the centers board president, said in the release.
Although the board is sad to accept Lindas resignation, we want to thank Linda for her remarkable service, Fletcher said. She has brought a fresh perspective, endless energy and dedication to nursing workforce issues over the past 10 years, and has established a strong foundation upon which we will continue to build. We wish her the best with her future plans.
To read a Q&A with Linda Tieman, visit www.Nurse.com/Article/Tieman.