Candidate for National Director

Caroline Steward, MSN, RN, APN, CCRN, CNN

Job Position and Professional Responsibilities

APRN, Nephrology, Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton, NJ

I am an Advanced Practice Nurse in an independent hospital-based dialysis unit where I care for both inpatients and outpatients. Our Level II Trauma and the Regional Stroke Center provide us with a very active acute service. I also evaluate outcomes as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or other regulating bodies.

Role Qualifications

I currently serve in a Director role on the ANNA Board of Directors (BOD). It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn more about ANNA and help guide the organization. During my tenure on the Board of Directors (BOD), I have helped with the development of strategic plan and new mission statement. I have had the pleasure of working with the Research Committee and facilitated the acquisition of a new grant from Satellite. I have learned about, and reported back to the BOD, the wonderful contributions our representatives have made with our various ANNA affiliates. Each duty and responsibility assigned to me has helped me grow both personally and professionally. There is still much to learn; ANNA is a wonderfully complex organization. I am running for a second term because I feel that I have the advantage of being able to build on what I have already learned. This experience makes me immediately ready to serve and move ANNA forward for another 50 years.

Role in ANNA projects/activities illustrating support of ANNA’s mission, goals, and objectives

Leading proactively means looking forward; leading strategically requires evaluating what is around you as well as learning from the past. I have been working in nephrology for many years. During this time, I have worked in many settings and held a variety of positions. This experience provides a broad view of both where we have been and where we might be going. It is from this viewpoint that I make decisions.

“Attracting, engaging and retaining members” and “Providing quality relevant accessible services” are closely linked. I present regularly at national conferences and my local chapters events. I was actively involved with the integration of the Volunteer Leaders Workshop (VLW) into the national conference. These are both examples of engaging membership and making services as well as the leadership of ANNA easily accessible.

As a member of the current BOD, there have been many opportunities to look at strategic partnerships and alternative business models. Those who know me will tell you I have an inquiring mind. I am always interested in the how and why of what we are doing, along with how well it is working. Since I have been on the BOD, I have actively sought out information from various sources. Understanding why and how other organizations create strategic partnerships is an area that I am particularly interested in. This information has helped me to both think “outside the box” when making decisions while at the same time grown my respect for the current processes ANNA already has in place.