Curious about why the downshift from a standing committee to an advisory group? What is the background/rationale for this change?
Ditto to Michael Awad. This seems contrary to our desire to be inclusive of all relevant stakeholders.
same as above... rational behind this?
Appreciate the questions. We discussed this transition with the NiSE leaders, Jessica Taylor and Ruth Braga, who are invited to weigh in on this --
We felt that the unique expertise and engagement of the nurses would be better fulfilled by facilitating their full participation in the standing committees, rather than pigeon-holing in a separate committee. This helps avoid conflicting committee meetings and allows the nurses to collaborate across disciplines based on their interests and activities. This interdisciplinary collaboration is viewed as one of the unique strengths of ASE. In addition, the standard committee meeting and reporting structure was not feasible for NiSE as most of their members do not attend ACS and their leaders could not attend the Fall ASE Board meeting.
We also recognized the need to encourage nurse members in ASE, to provide the opportunity for networking, and to have some cohesion among the group which could serve as a resource for ASE members / committees seeking particular nursing expertise (e.g. how to recruit and incorporate advanced nurse educators in a clerkship). We provided a direct access to funding (via an Executive Liaison) to encourage networking events.
As the Advisory Group is a new paradigm in the ASE we anticipate there may be some hummocks, we are open to feedback! However we're hoping that this structure will secure and strengthen the nurses presence in ASE, and perhaps entice other specialty groups to join.
Thanks for the clarification Sue! One idea would be to create standing nursing or allied health liaison positions in each major committee (where it makes sense). These positions would emphasize that their participation is valued and also give them a reason to attend the meetings. Just an idea though since I am coming into this process fairly late.
Committees are open for the most part and they can join any committee they wish. If there is interest in joining a closed committee then they can communicate that wish to the president for consideration.