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Nurses at the Table: Training Modules for Board Service

Welcome to the Wisconsin Center for Nursing for board service training modules.

If you are interested in enhancing your skills to serve on a board, these modules will provide an excellent overview of skills needed to be a high-performing board member. Nurses provide a unique perspective to achieve the goals of improved health, and efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state, and national levels, from which all types of boards can benefit. The national Nurses on Boards Coalitionhas a as its goal to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by 2020. If you currently serve on a board, or would like to, register at the Coalition website today!

If you would like a mentor to help grow your board leadership skills, visit our Mentor Repository.

Barbara J. Pinekenstein
Clinical Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Nursing

Barbara J. Pinekenstein DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, is a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison-School of Nursing, and the Richard E. Sinaiko Professor of Health Care Leadership.  She has extensive experience as a Chief Nurse  Executive and  as  Vice President of  Clinical Informatics.  Dr. Pinekenstein is a Past President of the Wisconsin Center of Nursing, and has served on a variety of non-profit community, professional, and healthcare boards.
Barb received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Master’s degree in Nursing from Marquette University, a Doctorate in Nursing Practice-Leadership from Edgewood College, and is a Johnson and Johnson Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow.   She is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, EQi, EQi-360, Firo B leadership tools, and holds two national certifications in informatics. Dr. Pinekenstein presents nationally on a variety of leadership and workforce topics. Her key areas of interest include: health care systems, workforce, leadership development, informatics, quality and patient safety, health care policy, and innovation. 

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Barbara Pinekenstein DNP, RN- BC, CPHIMS

Nurses at the Table: Building Your Leadership Skill Set

Finding and Selecting a Strategic Board Opportunity

Coleen Southwell, MA
Associate Vice President/Sr. Philanthropy Officer - Cardinal Stritch University

Throughout her career in public relations and development, Coleen Southwell has combined strategic thinking with enthusiasm to make things happen.  She’s lead a capital campaign to construct a new school of nursing, established an identity for a comprehensive cancer center, positioned a defense company as the nation’s leading supplier of munitions, and managed communications for a major insurance company during a “junk bond” crisis.  Today, Southwell serves as Associate Vice President/Sr. Philanthropy Officer for Cardinal Stritch University where she joyfully engages others to support the mission of the founding sisters to make a university degree accessible to everyone who seeks it.
Before joining Stritch, Southwell was Director of Advancement and Development for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing responsible for raising more than $26 million for facilities and growth.  In 2010 she received the “Friend of Nursing” award from the Wisconsin Nurses Association, only the fifth individual to win that honor in the organization’s 100 year history.  Prior to that, she was responsible for public relations at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and, before that, its Masonic Cancer Center.  In private industry she managed public relations for Alliant Techsystems, a Fortune 500 defense company, and media relations for Minnesota Mutual, one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurance companies.  She began her career with Padilla Speer Beardsley, the leading public relations firm in the Twin Cities. 
An avid Badger fan, Southwell received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.  The mother of three adult sons, Southwell enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and the great outdoors.

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Coleen Southwell, MA

Finding the Joy: Philanthropy for Nurse Leaders

If you would like to further develop your skills with the help of a mentor go the
WCN Mentor Repository.