KNA Governmental Affairs Cabinet - Member-At-Large

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 Governmental Affairs Cabinet— Member-At-Large
(Vote for 3):

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Teresa Bell, BSN, RN
Present Position: Nursing Supervisor 
Type of Position: Nursing 
Area of Expertise: Nursing Leadership 
Education: Indiana Wesleyan, BSN; Prestonsburg Community College, ADN; Pikeville College, BSM 
Professional Organizational Activities: Member of the KNA Nightingale Chapter
Statement: I want to be involved with the Governmental Affairs Cabinet because I want to be an advocate for nurses and the nursing profession. I know by serving in this cabinet I will be able to help shape legislation that affects nurses and healthcare consumers. Serving on this cabinet will give me the experience I need to advocate for nurses and the nursing profession on a national level. Working and serving alongside other cabinet members will benefit my growth and ability to promote nursing and the profession of nursing. 
Karen Black, DNPc, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Present Position: Assistant Professor/PMH Nurse Practitioner
Type of Position: Educator and APRN 
Area of Expertise: Faculty development, nursing education; interprofessional education; psychiatric and critical care nursing
Education: University of Louisville—Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidate (August 2018); University of Louisville
—Post-Masters Certification: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; University of Louisville PhD Candidate 
(ABD); Bellarmine University—MSN; Western Kentucky University—BA Psychology; Western Kentucky University—AS Nursing 
Professional Organizational Activities: I have been a faculty member at U of L School of Nursing for more than 15 years and have served as a member of faculty organizations in many capacities including development of the school’s By-Laws and serving in the capacity of Committee Chair. As a former member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses / Greater Louisville Chapter I served in the following capacities: Program Committee, 1986- 1988, Chairperson, 1987, 1988; Education Special Interest Group, 1986-1993; Board of Directors, 1987, 1988. St. Anthony Medical Center, Louisville, KY, 1991-1993. With other Administrative Directors of Nursing at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, I was responsible for developing and managing a multimillion-dollar budget for the Nursing Department. 
Statement: I have 44 years of diverse experience as a staff nurse, manager and administrator, educator and an advanced practice nurse. My passion now is to make a broader impact by working for policy changes that affect the public. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner working with indigent patients I see many injustices in the health care system. I am also interested in the regulations controlled by the legislature that govern the practice of RNs and APRNs. My DNP project is to initiate universal suicide screening for all adolescents in emergency departments to reduce the rate of teen suicide. 
Jennifer M. Dorsey, MSN, RN-BC
Present Position: Clinical Informaticist 
Type of Position: Nursing Informatics 
Area of Expertise: Informatics 
Education: University of Kentucky—DNP (May 2019); Walden University—MSN in Nursing Informatics; Blue Mountain Community College—ADN 
Professional Organizational Activities: Member of the KNA Bluegrass Chapter. 
Statement: Born the daughter of a nurse, then a candy striper at age 12, followed by various ground level positions in long-term care as well as acute care and then a registered nurse at age 23: healthcare, nursing and patient advocacy have always been central to who I am, professionally. With 14 years of nursing experience in a field I love, I feel it is my duty to help advocate for nurses in Kentucky to effect change that will empower nurses with the ability to provide optimum patient care with balance. Quality care - not just quality documentation.
Bridget N. Fehr, MSN, RN, ONC
Present Position: Orthopedic Nurse Manager 
Type of Position: Nurse Manager
Area of Expertise: Orthopedics 
Education: Bellarmine University MSN; Spalding University-BSN
Professional Organizational Activities: KNA River City Chapter; ANA, NAON, KONL
Statement: As a nurse for more than 24 years, I have practiced and advocated for the bedside nurse in my silo. At the Magnet Conference in October 2017, I joined KNA/ANA. This has exposed me to the additional opportunities that I have as a nurse leader to impact all nurses in Kentucky. As KNA cabinet member, I can continue to advocate and promote the professional nursing practice. As we have witnessed with Kentucky’s teaching professionals, there is great opportunity for our voices to be heard and to impact patient care delivery. 
Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Present Position: Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health 
Education: Indiana University-PhD and MSN; The Ohio State University, MA and Case Western Reserve University-BSN
Professional Organizational Activities: KNA – Bluegrass Chapter; serves on KNA Government Affairs Cabinet, Member-At-Large 
Statement: Since earning a doctoral degree in 1993, I have been actively engaged in advancing health policy to protect the health of residents of the Commonwealth. Both as an advocate and a scientist, colleagues and I have used data to promote evidence-based tobacco control policy. I have taught health policy with doctoral students at the University of Kentucky for many years and I have served on the leadership team for the Coalition for a Smokefree Tomorrow. I have directed the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy since 2005. I have a good handle on the legislative process and have many organizational contacts. Based on my experience and expertise, I believe I am a strong candidate to represent you on the Governmental Affairs Cabinet. 
Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, FNAP
Present Position: Senior Director 
Type of Position: Nursing 
Area of Expertise: Professional Speaking
Education: University of Detroit Mercy, MSN; Calvin College, BSN
Professional Organizational Activities: Advisory Board for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs; on the Edge Runner Selection Committee for the 
American Academy of Nursing; involved with the Kentucky 
Center for Nursing and Action Coalition; Manage complex contracts with National Organizations for consulting; 
Managed and delivered $760,000 Innovation Grant for Trinity Health; Led a hospital department with a budget >$500,000; Consultant with C Suite executives to develop the business case for complex care interventions and vulnerable populations.  
Statement: I had the privilege of moving to Kentucky two years ago to be near family. Now that we’re settled, I’m very interested in contributing to the important efforts of Nursing in the State. I work for a National Center developing the field of Complex Care and advocating for policy and practice changes for vulnerable populations. I travel all over the country, partnering with health systems, governments, community clinics and national organizations like AARP and RWJF. I would like to bring the resources and connections from that work to Kentucky through engagement with the Board of KNA.
Present Position: Administrator, Clinical Specialist 
Type of Position: Nursing Administration 
Area of Expertise: Education, Adult Medical/Surgical, Progressive Care and Telemetry 
Education: Vanderbilt University, DNP; Murray State University, MSN, BSN 
Professional Organizational Activities: Secretary KNA Governmental Affairs Committee since July 2017
Statement: As a nurse leader at a medium-sized, acute care, non-profit community hospital located in Western Kentucky, it is extremely important to stay active in the ever-changing governmental affairs arena that we see in our healthcare industry today. I am fortunate to work for a healthcare executive who values nursing feedback and expertise while determining decisions that impact frontline clinical staff and the health of our community. It is vital that I have the opportunity to serve in a role at KNA where I can directly impact nursing practice

Ann Spencer, MBA, BSN, RN
Present Position: Regional Director 
Type of Position: Care Management 
Area of Expertise: Electronic Medical Record Implementation; Population Health and Bundled Payment Incentive Programs.
Education: Indiana Wesleyan University—MBA; McKendree College—BSN; St. Luke’s Nursing School—
Registered Nurse Diploma. 
Professional Organizational Activities:
 I have previous experience in leading Joint Commission Surveys and Kentucky State Surveys throughout my 
career as a quality nurse leader and as a chief nursing officer for a local hospital. I participate in the KNA Event Planning Committee. I have experience with budget planning for nursing units and management of department funds. 
Statement: When I graduated Nursing School more than 30 years ago, the scope of nursing was quite different than the current landscape nurses work in today. With national and state legislation, regulatory bodies and the advancement of the electronic medical record, nursing is becoming more automated and less patient friendly. That’s not why we became nurses.
These are my goals for the Government Affairs Cabinet position: 
• I will be a nursing advocate and will review any recommendations for policy changes related to the nursing profession.
• I will collaborate with the public and other health care consumers in forums with regards to the nursing profession.
• I will proudly represent the nursing role and responsibilities to national and state organizations.
• I will always promote that patient care is the most important role of a nurse.
I look forward to working with the Kentucky Nurses Association in this exciting capacity

Shannon Stacy, RN
Present Position: Founder/ Executive Director 
Type of Position: Care Management 
Area of Expertise: Innovative Medicine 
Education: Belmont University— Massey School of Business—BBA; Jefferson Community College—RN. 
Professional Organizational Activities: Intern for Senate Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum, Campaign Chair for Senator Seum; Lobbyist in Frankfort since 2016 for 
medical cannabis. 
Statement: I am interested in this position because I want legislation passed in our near future to work in the best interest of Kentucky nurses and our patients. See my relevant experience: 
• 2016 worked as citizen lobbyist for passage of Medical Cannabis
• 2016 and 2017 worked with legislators in Colorado for four-six weeks
• Shadowed Senate Majority Caucus Chair Dan “Malano” Seum in 2017 session
• 2018 Senator Seum’s intern and campaign chair
• Attended multiple meetings with House and Senate members
• Wrote legislation for members
• Currently working with legislators for 2019