Inspiration for Activism!
- Strong advocate for the rights of minority populations in nursing and healthcare, and overcoming the persistent effects of racism and other ‘isms.”
- Appointed in 1986 as dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a historically black university; became Vice Chancellor in 1994.
- While in North Carolina, served on a number of public bodies (including the Governor’s Task Force on Nursing Shortage, the North Carolina Commission on Health Services, and the Board of Directors of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program).
- Two-term past President of the American Nurses Association (ANA) 1996-2000.
- General secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the United Kingdom’s largest professional union of nurses, from June 2001 to January 2007.
- Member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly; of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF); and of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) from 2000-2007; also served as vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association (EFN).
- Named by the editors of Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 most influential in healthcare in 2015.