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Former St. Luke's Nurse is elected President of the American Nurses Association

Posted 8 months ago by Randall Hudspeth, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN

American Nurses Association Elects Jennifer Mensik Kennedy As New National President

On Saturday, June 11, The American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly elected Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, currently of the Oregon Nurses Association, as the association's next president to represent the interests of the nation's more than 4.3 million registered nurses. Mensik has more than 25 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings ranging from rural critical access hospitals and home health to hospital administration, and academia.

She has served as President of the Arizona Nurses Association and 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of ANA.  During the mid-2010's she was a nurse at St. Luke's, Boise.   The term of service for Dr. Mensik and all other newly elected leaders will begin January 1, 2023.

ANA’s Membership Assembly also elected four members to serve as officers of the 9-member board of directors. The newly elected board members are: Secretary Amanda Oliver, BSN, RN, CCRN, of ANA – Illinois; Director-at-Large, Edward Briggs, DNP, MS, APRN, of the Florida Nurses Association; Director-at-Large, Jennifer Gil, MSN, RN, of the New Jersey State Nurses Association; and Director-at-Large, Staff Nurse, David Garcia, MSN, BSN, RN, PCCN, of the Washington State Nurses Association.

The following ANA board members will continue their terms: Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE, of ANA-Illinois as Vice President; Joan Widmer, MS, MSBA, RN, CEN, of the New Hampshire Nurses Association as Treasurer; Amy McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC, of the Texas Nurses Association as Director-at-Large; and Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association as Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate.

Idaho's Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, who is the current CNO-COO at St. Luke's Meridian, will end her term on the ANA Board of Directors in December.  Brie has served as a Director-at-Large for the past 2 years and was the first nurse from Idaho to ever be elected to the ANA Board of Directors.  


Kevin McEwan 3 months ago

Wonderful to have Dr. Jennifer Mensik Kennedy represent us on the national stage from her experience in the West and North-West of our country.

Thanks to Brie for her Leadership and representation.


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