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The WOCN Board of Directors consists of president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer and directors-at-large. All members of the Board have the same legal and fiduciary responsibilities and the same requirements with the exception of president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer who must possess additional knowledge and skills as outlined below.

Service on the WOCN Society's Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members' duties.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the WOCN Society's mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in health care organizations, business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Active members who are employed by a commercial industry that provides products or services as defined in the WOCN Society's policy are not eligible to serve on the board of directors.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A Full, Retired or Life member of the WOCN Society in good standing.
  • Professional experience with leadership accomplishments in nursing, health care, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.
  • Possesses diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of the WOCN Society's beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for WOC nursing, WOC nurses, and, moreover, those served by the specialty.
  • Commitment to WOCN Society demonstrated by a strong history of volunteer service to the Society.
  • Substantial progressive professional leadership experience demonstrated by employment roles and/or volunteer board level experiences, preferably at the national level or equivalent.
  • Breadth and depth of understanding of WOCN Society's various constituencies

Qualifications for Secretary Only

  • Meticulous attentiveness to detail.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written communications.

The Board will support the work of the WOCN Society and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the WOCN Society chief staff executive, the Board, chief staff executive and staff relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.


Leadership, Governance and Oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the chief staff executive and management staff as they develop and implement the WOCN Society strategic plan.
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the WOCN Society for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Approving the WOCN Society's annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the chief staff executive.
  • Assisting the chief staff executive and board president in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Partnering with the chief staff executive and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
  • Representing the WOCN Society to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Ensuring the WOCN Society's commitment to a diverse board that reflects the communities the WOCN Society serves.
  • As designated liaisons to committees or special projects, Board members will remain fully aware of committee or special projects' activities, changes and recommendations by contacting their respective committee chairs at least quarterly. Liaisons will be copied on all correspondence related to the committee.
  • Board members are expected to participate on all committee calls as a representative of the WOCN Society Board of Directors to field any questions regarding the Society and its strategic initiatives.
  • Board members will present committee reports (on a scheduled basis) at the Board of Directors meetings.

Responsibilities of Secretary Only

  • Participate in the management of WOCN and WOCN Foundation (see the WOCN Policy & Procedure Manual, Appendix C)
  • Attend the following meetings and conference calls:
    • WOCN Board of Directors, Council, and Annual Member’s Business meetings
    • WOCN Foundation meetings
    • Strategic Planning Session (SPS)
    • WOCN annual conference
    • Other meetings as designated by the president
  • Collaborate with the National Office staff to record minutes of meetings.
  • National Office staff will send rough draft to secretary one week following meeting.
  • Secretary reviews the minutes and emails corrections to the National Office staff within one week of receipt by Secretary.
  • The minutes are approved by vote during the next regular meeting.
  • A final copy of all minutes is kept by the National Office as prescribed by the Document Retention Policy (see the WOCN Policy & Procedure Manual, see SECTION 4.3).
  • Maintain bylaws (WOCN Society and WOCN Foundation) and collaborate with chief staff executive and legal counsel to review and recommend revisions to the Board of Directors every three years.
  • Notify the President and the Executive Vice President if unable to attend regular and/or special meetings of the Board of Directors.


Fundraising efforts by the WOCN Society Board Members are defined as consistently working to raise awareness of and advocate for the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the WOCN Society. Board members are expected to be the face of the Society at the WOCN Annual Conference, Region/Affiliate conferences, and in their daily practice to continue the growth and initiatives of the organization.

Board Terms/Participation

  • The WOCN Society's Board Members will serve a 2-year term and be able to be re-elected for one additional 2-year term.
  • Board meetings will be held monthly via conference calls or in person.
  • Committee meetings will be held in addition to full board meetings.


  1. Member in good standing for at least two years prior to the time of election.
  2. Current or prior board or standing committee chair position in a professional society either on a national, regional or affiliate level.
  3. Hold no other WOCN Society offices, elected or appointed at the same time.
  4. Comply with the Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct Statements.


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