Why should you volunteer? You are likely questioning your ability to dedicate your time as you weigh the demands of your job and personal responsibilities but serving as a volunteer board member is a valuable, rewarding experience that will strengthen your professional skills.
Consider the following benefits of pursuing one of the above opportunities to serve as a board member:
· Strengthen Leadership Skills. Your participation will give you the opportunity to strengthen your ability to engage & motivate others in pursuit of goals that shape school nursing in Washington.
· Build Relationships. By serving as a board member, you will increase your network of contacts & deepen your relationships with school nursing peers, creating opportunities for collaboration that will have a lasting impact.
· Think Strategically. As a volunteer leader, you will gain expertise in discerning how to best contribute strategic, proactive support to the overarching issues of school health, such as advocacy and best practices.
Reaping the Rewards. The greatest reward for serving as a volunteer board member is the satisfaction that your time was well spent, that you learned something new & helped make a difference for school nursing.
Don’t have experience? Not to worry! None is needed or expected! New board members are oriented and mentored by seasoned members. Serving on the board is a great way to learn and grow in your role as a school nurse surrounded by an extremely understanding group of people that get how hard we work every day.
Want to know more? Information about the specific roles can be found on the back of this sheet or electronically on the SNOW website in the operating guidelines under Section II Officers, Section VI Board of Directors, and Section VII Standing Committees or contact Anne McGavran (current VP & nominating committee chair) here at the conference or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering!
The President Elect is a preparatory role to become the President of SNOW. The President Elect works closely with the current President to coordinate the business of the organization in order to assume leadership and to provide continuity in transition to President. The President of SNOW functions as the Chief Executive Officer, presiding over the Board of Directors and Committees to ensure the mission and goals of SNOW are being met. The President Elect is volunteering for a four year commitment total (one year as President Elect, two years as President and one year as Past President).
The Vice President oversees the Membership and Nominating Standing Committees as chair. The primary duties in these roles are to manage the month to month membership of SNOW and the yearly SNOW elections. The Vice President role is a great way to learn the ins and outs of how SNOW runs, to benefit from interacting with many SNOW members and to enjoy the flexibility of being on a wide variety of ad-hoc committees. The Vice President also acts a parliamentarian at the Board of Director meetings.
The Secretary oversees the administrative work of SNOW including keeping, communicating and organizing the minutes of meetings, reports, motions and files of SNOW. Because of the important nature of this role, this nominee would need to be available to travel to all meetings (typically 6) throughout the state.
The Legislative Chair oversees the Legislative Committee which is charged with:
Ø Monitoring legislation & public policy initiatives pertaining to the health education/welfare of youth & their families.
Ø Supporting and influencing local, state, and federal legislation and public policy initiatives favorable to the health education and welfare of children, youth, and their families.
Ø Monitoring, supporting and influencing legislation favorable to school nursing and other fields of nursing.
Ø Promoting the role and effectiveness of school nursing in the public policy arena.
Ø Building skills and effectiveness of members to influence public policy at the local, state and federal level.
The Legislative Chair provides leadership to accomplish the above committee objectives. In this role, the Legislative Chair keeps a pulse on relative legislation, communicates this information to the board and SNOW members and works within the system on actions required to support school health services, school nursing and the welfare of children
Public Relations Chair
The Public Relations Committee raises awareness, enhances partnerships & garners support for the delivery of school health services, led by school nurses to achieve positive student health & educational outcomes. The PR Chair oversees this committee which is made of 3 subcommittees including awards, mercantile & organizational public relations.
Area Representatives are the backbone of SNOW! SNOW is divided into 10 Areas. Each Area has a Representative (or two in the case of an area with greater that 25% of the total membership). Each Representative serves for a two year term. Area Representatives are responsible for organizing at least three meetings a year in their Area and attending the SNOW Board meeting. Area Representatives are voting members of the Board of Directors. Additional responsibilities include participating on the Nominations Committee, soliciting nominations for awards, communicating with nurses in the Area they represent, and participating on task forces or ad hoc committees. You will be networking with nurses from your Area and all around the state, adding your voice to SNOW issues and staying informed about school nursing at the local, state and national level.
All of the above positions are 2 year commitments except the President Elect which is a 1 year role followed by 2 years as President and 1 year as past president (i.e. 4 year commitment).
Please contact Anne McGavran (current VP & nominating committee chair) at email@example.com with any questions or if you would like to volunteer!