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President’s Message DARLENE ByRD, MNSc, APN, BoARD PRESIDENT A NEw ChAPtER In my last column, I spoke of a past we cherish, a present that is changing and a future that is challenging. At that time, I had no idea just how relevant it was. The present is changing faster than I realized, and the future poses even greater challenges than I could have expected. Now I struggle to put into words the events that transpired at our November board meeting. It was with heavy hearts that the Board of Nursing accepted the resignation of Faith Fields as executive director of ASBN. Faith will be accepting a position any grandmother would envy--that of being a full time “Nana” for her new grandson. Her last day as our executive director will be June 30, 2010. Faith and her leadership directly attributes to Arkansas’ position in nursing and nursing regulation. Faith has been the face of nursing in Arkansas for 20 years. I have had the pleasure, as many of you have, to not only know Faith as a colleague but also as a friend and mentor. I could try to list all of Faith’s accomplishments, but there is not enough space in this magazine. It would take several issues to list them all if I could. Just know we will not be able to replace Faith. She is a unique person created in God’s image with a strong Christian character and convictions. Her word is her bond, and she always will tell you the truth even if it’s not what you want to hear. She has earned the respect and trust of governors and legislators along with colleagues not only here in Arkansas but from across the nation and around the world. Her legacy will be lived out in the lives of nurses she has encouraged and mentored through the years. But just as important as her legacy is the fact that the public will be protected by the structures she put in place at the Board of Nursing. There will not be someone to replace Faith. Instead, she will be closing out this chapter in nursing and nursing regulation in Arkansas. So, the Board of Nursing has the awesome responsibility to find the person to begin a new chapter in Arkansas nursing and nursing regulation. It is not something we are taking lightly. We welcome your prayers for wisdom as we begin this process. It is our goal to have someone selected by April or May 2010. However, we will search for the right person to lead Arkansas nursing. Many of you may want to express your appreciation to Faith. As a gift to Faith, we will be collecting notes of appreciation to present to her at her reception. If you would like to send a note to be part of this gift, feel free to do so. You can send these to P.O. Box 1523, Cabot AR, 72023. On a personal note, Faith, thank you for being a friend and a mentor. I am the nurse I am today because of your encouragement, your friendship and your mentoring. Sawyer is a very lucky young man. Until next time… 6 501.686.2700

President's Message

A New ChAPtER<br /> <br /> In my last column, I spoke of a past we cherish, a present that is changing and a future that is challenging. At that time, I had no idea just how relevant it was. The present is changing faster than I realized, and the future poses even greater challenges than I could have expected. Now I struggle to put into words the events that transpired at our November board meeting. It was with heavy hearts that the Board of Nursing accepted the resignation of Faith Fields as executive director of ASBN. Faith will be accepting a position any grandmother would envy--that of being a full time “Nana” for her new grandson. Her last day as our executive director will be June 30, 2010.<br /> <br /> Faith and her leadership directly attributes to Arkansas’ position in nursing and nursing regulation. Faith has been the face of nursing in Arkansas for 20 years. I have had the pleasure, as many of you have, to not only know Faith as a colleague but also as a friend and mentor. I could try to list all of Faith’s accomplishments, but there is not enough space in this magazine. It would take several issues to list them all if I could. Just know we will not be able to replace Faith. She is a unique person created in God’s image with a strong Christian character and convictions.<br /> <br /> Her word is her bond, and she always will tell you the truth even if it’s not what you want to hear. She has earned the respect and trust of governors and legislators along with colleagues not only here in Arkansas but from across the nation and around the world. Her legacy will be lived out in the lives of nurses she has encouraged and mentored through the years. But just as important as her legacy is the fact that the public will be protected by the structures she put in place at the Board of Nursing. There will not be someone to replace Faith. Instead, she will be closing out this chapter in nursing and nursing regulation in Arkansas.<br /> <br /> So, the Board of Nursing has the awesome responsibility to find the person to begin a new chapter in Arkansas nursing and nursing regulation. It is not something we are taking lightly. We welcome your prayers for wisdom as we begin this process. It is our goal to have someone selected by April or May 2010.<br /> <br /> However, we will search for the right person to lead Arkansas nursing.<br /> <br /> Many of you may want to express your appreciation to Faith. As a gift to Faith, we will be collecting notes of appreciation to present to her at her reception. If you would like to send a note to be part of this gift, feel free to do so. You can send these to P.O. Box 1523, Cabot AR, 72023.<br /> <br /> On a personal note, Faith, thank you for being a friend and a mentor. I am the nurse I am today because of your encouragement, your friendship and your mentoring. Sawyer is a very lucky young man.<br /> <br /> Until next time.

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