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CEO Corner


Renewed Vision...


by Marcus Downs






It is indeed an honor and a privilege to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Nurses Association. I am grateful for the confidence that the GNA and GNF Boards have placed in me to serve the nursing professionals of our state. As your new CEO, I understand that there are several things that must be done on my end. I must first listen to what both members and non-members are saying about either their involvement or lack of involvement in the Association. To accomplish this, my staff and I have created and distributed a survey to members to identify their satisfaction with the Association. The survey also seeks to identify members who are willing to volunteer their time to assist the Association in the areas of membership recruiting, continuing education, legislative advocacy, and political action.

In addition to being a good listener, I will demonstrate my commitment to growing this organization alongside you. There is a tremendous opportunity for growth with the ever burgeoning number of new nursing professionals in Georgia. According to the Georgia Board of Nursing, there are more than 120,000 nursing professionals in Georgia. This group entails existing professionals, new professionals who are just entering the profession and those who have relocated from another geographic location. Our goal at GNA is to remain the forum for nursing professionals. While there are several associations that nurses belong to, GNA should be the central location that all can come to and ensure that each of your voices are heard. As professionals in the bond, it is our responsibility to welcome them to the GNA and share the benefit to their becoming active members of the Association.

Nursing professionals make up the largest number of employees in every healthcare sector including hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics. There are roughly four nursing professionals to every physician in healthcare settings around the state. Considering this, it is important that nurses speak with a unified voice. The various levels of nursing must be equally represented. It is my goal to ensure that LPNs, RNs, and Advanced Practice nurses as well as our academicians have an equal voice when matters concerning nursing are discussed at the legislature and in other policy forums. This can only be accomplished by establishing trust and respect factors within the profession. Once this is strengthened, the voice of nurses will be a formidable force.

I pledge to actively pursue and welcome all opportunities to interact with nursing professionals and invite them to become a part of the bond.

In addition to commending our able membership, I want to credit the GNA staff for their hard work and diligence during the transition period between chief executives. They have been steadfast stewards of Association resources and are committed to helping GNA/GNF grow.


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