Membership Services Committee
Anitra Williams, DNP, RN, CCRN, HACP
January 7, 2014

My Story

I was introduced to ACNL four years ago by Ginger Manss, Past ACNL President. Ginger was my former boss/mentor, and spoke very highly of ACNL and was always encouraging aspiring leaders to attend an ACNL Annual Conference. She told me, "I promise you, if you come to just one ACNL conference, you will see the value, and you WILL want to get involved." Well, four years ago, I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a scholarship which allowed me to attend my very first ACNL Annual Conference in February 2011. It's interesting to note, that when I attended this conference, I was awaiting my CNE's decision on whether or not I had been selected for a Director of Multiple Units position. What's even more significant is that Ginger was not the only person attending the ACNL Annual Conference, but Rae Charos, the CNE was as well. I was anxious to find out what all of the excitement was about, and why these great nursing leaders in my organization were a part of ACNL.

From day one of my very first ACNL Annual Conference, I realized the value of this great organization. I met nursing professionals who were well known authors, political activists, educators, executives, and the list literally goes on and on. Admittedly, initially, I was very intimidated. But once I overcame this initial fear and insecurity, I embraced ACNL for what it was, for what it is, and for what it can become. Oh, and by the way, I got the job!

Benefits of ACNL Membership

The benefits of an ACNL membership are plentiful. From a personal perspective, I have found value in the networking opportunities, relationships forged through ACNL involvement, and the timely dissemination of information that affects nursing at a state and or national level.

ACNL keeps me informed, welcomes my contributions, and provides priceless networking opportunities with individuals who are making a difference in advancing our profession. As a wise man once stated, "No matter what you're hoping to find, ACNL has it. It's there. It all starts with membership" - Ryan Fuller, BSN, RN

My Message

In summary, joining and/or maintaining your ACNL membership is the best 'self' investment that one can make. I took advantage of my membership and continue to do so with my involvement in the Member Services Committee and on the ACNL Board. I find ACNL to be a forward thinking organization that is well informed and committed to advancing the profession of nursing as well as improving patient care.

Make the decision: invite a colleague to experience membership in ACNL.


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