Why the Circles of Giving Program is Important

One Nurse Leader's Perspective



By Ellen Waxenberg-Zoschak, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Performance Improvement Practice
Truven Health Analytics
ACNL Philanthropic, Recognition and Scholarship Committee

“Your profession is not what brings home your pay check – your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”   --Vincent Van Gogh   

“When did you join ACNL?”

I was asked this question when I ran for ACNL’s Secretary-Treasurer position in 2014, and I had to truly think about the beginning of my relationship with this organization. I remembered attending a meeting in Palm Springs back in 1985 of the California Society for Nursing Services Administrators (one of ACNL’s previous names). But at that time, only an organization’s top nursing officer was eligible for full membership. Soon, however, membership was opened to other nurse leaders. At that time, I was fortunate to serve on two task forces (One Board of Nursing and Entry into Practice}, and I readily joined. So to answer the question, I have been a member of ACNL for a long, long time. Well over 30 years!

I believe strongly that being a professional means being active in one’s professional association. As a dedicated member, I want to see nurse leadership grow and develop. It takes nurturing and effort to grow. Most importantly, it takes resources.

After I was elected ACNL’s Secretary/Treasurer, I learned that, as an ACNL Board member, I was expected to contribute to the California Hospital Association’s Political Action Committee. Yet, there was no financial obligation to donate to ACNL. The analogy that struck me was that the heart is the first organ to receive oxygenated blood, so why don’t we give to ourselves first? And that’s exactly what I did.

With the launch of Circles of Giving program, ACNL can acquire the resources necessary to develop nurse leaders and design, not only nursing profession, but also healthcare. This means we can help shape the future for nurses as well as patients.

It is critical. It is essential.

When did you join ACNL? Will you contribute to ACNL’s future? 

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