-information courtesy of Courtney Cissel, VGCC Public Information Officer
Dr. Anna Seaman, program head and nursing instructor at Vance-Granville Community College has been elected to the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
Seaman, who was sworn in on Feb. 21, is a career nurse with decades of experience, according to a press statement from VGCC’s Public Information Officer Courtney Cissel. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, one of the highest degrees a nurse can achieve. In her new role with the state board, she brings her unique perspective as an ADN/diploma nurse educator.
“As North Carolina continues to face a dire nursing shortage, it will be my mission to protect the public, support nurses in the state, and focus on nursing education as N.C. programs experience a dire shortage of qualified nursing educational professionals,” Seaman stated. “I am very interested in creative strategies to assist with this nursing shortage.”
Seaman is a graduate of the ADN program at VGCC and in 2004 took the position of lead instructor and course coordinator for the program, actively working with students to improve retention and NCLEX exam scores. After more than a decade in that role, she became VGCC’s program head in fall 2016. Her new position with NCBON gives her the opportunity to serve nursing students and professionals across the state.
“My experience in nursing and nursing education will greatly assist me in serving N.C.’s public as it relates to safe and effective nursing practice, as well as being an advocate for N.C. nurses and nurse educators throughout the state,” she said.
Each spring, qualifying licensed nurses are nominated by their peers to serve on NCBON. After nominees have been validated and approved, NCBON conducts a statewide election in the summer so that licensed nurses may select the board members that influence their daily nursing practice. Once elected, new board members begin their four-year term of service the following January.