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Thank you & Farewell

September 19, 2014
Today marks my last meeting in a “presidential” capacity. I’ve been President-Elect, President, or Immediate Past President of the VONL for 5 years. While I’ve made a few comments about “leadership fatigue” the truth is I have loved being involved in the organization these past few years.
I couldn’t have picked a better time to take a leadership position in Vermont. In 2010 the Institutes of Medicine published their landmark report on the future of nursing and the VONL quickly took a leadership role in Vermont’s response—meeting with nursing leaders in the state, petitioning the Governor to stand up a new Blue Ribbon Commission, and watching that group do its work. Being involved in that process made me feel like I was a part of Vermont nursing history and was truly thrilling.
But the real impact of serving VONL all this time has been personal. Here are some of the ways I’ve benefited:
• Mentors- I am so grateful to the many extraordinary nurse leaders I’ve had the great good fortune to work with. I’ve learned through their gentle guidance how to run a meeting, work through miscommunications, work with budgets, deliver bad news, and patience. Leading an organization like VONL is a marathon not a sprint.
• Networking- “Oh the places you’ll go” is the title of Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh the people you’ll meet” is the title I’d give to the past few years at VONL. I’ve developed relationships with over half the CNOs and heads of schools in Vermont. I’ve gotten to know nurses who hold leadership positions in many, varied organizations in the state as well. I have been amazed by their intelligence, grace, and devotion to the health of Vermonters in whatever capacity they serve. Plus, I got to rub elbows with nursing greats who work on the national scene through AONE meetings. It has been a thrill.
• Leadership- I learned a tremendous amount about leading an organization through successes and failures of my own efforts over the years. I learned a lot about my own strengths and weaknesses in leadership and that has helped me in my professional career. I stand up now when I know I can contribute particular leadership skills in my organization and know enough to sit down when I can’t.
So I want you thank the VONL and all my friends and colleagues for a rewarding, challenging, wonderful 5 years. I won’t disappear and hope to find new ways to serve the organization in the future as a regular member.
Thank you,
Annie Moore-Cox PhD, RN