Adrienne Price, Director, Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy; Director on the FSBPT Board of Directors
The need and desire to understand, subscribe to, and support the mission and vision of any organization directly impacts the success of that entity. Such need and desire are often created from the provision of distinct objectives that were fashioned from a thorough assessment of where the organization has been, where it is now, and where it intends to go. An appreciation for an organizational plan and goals establishes direction and a proactive mentality toward achieving positive outcomes for all. In other words, there is a clear sense of purpose.
Strategically planning a sequence of events to achieve one's goals so that the organizational purpose is realized can seem intimidating and overwhelming, but it does not need to be. All that is required is a bit of imagination and visioning. In its simplest form, that is strategic planning. Michelle Sigmund-Gaines, President of the Council of Board Administrators (CBA), understood this and worked to ensure that the members of the CBA did as well. During the 2022 FSBPT Annual Education meeting, she asked the CBA to metaphorically construct, design, and color a surfboard that could ride the upcoming waves of regulation. In this exercise, we considered what the surfboard would be made of, what it would look like, and what it would be designed to withstand. As a flurry of discussion ensued, we could hear participants at each table prioritize their objectives (purposes), determine the resources needed (traits) to build their surfboards, and conceptually define their surfboard's characteristics (appearances and color) to show what it would look like. When a representative from each table spoke about the traits of their surfboards, some common themes emerged. Most every representative envisioned a board that was resilient, noteworthy, flexible, adaptable, stable, strong, diverse, inclusive, innovative, trendsetting, and inspiring. The groups enhanced each surfboard in some way, from state-of-the-art safety features, rudders, and propellers to vivid and aesthetically pleasing colors and designs. They even described how each surfboard's features would prove beneficial in current and future conditions in healthcare regulation.
Although the act of coloring the surfboards had a calming and relaxing effect, CBA President Sigmund-Gaines was not offering meditative therapy. She offered a chance to participate in strategic planning for the CBA as well as a simple, fun, stimulating, flexible and social approach to doing it. And so, I implore and challenge the CBA membership to start visioning! Pull out the crayons if you must but dare to dream! The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the CBA Leadership wants to know what the immediate future—and beyond— of the CBA looks like for you. If you have any suggestions, please submit them to Christine Sousa at email@example.com. The CBA is our forum, and it is important that each of you subscribes to and supports its mission and vision.
In closing, I leave you with an adaptation of lyrics sung by John Lennon, "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the [CBA] will be as one."
Adrienne D. Price RN, BA, MSN, obtained her Associate of Science in nursing from Macon State College, her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University, and her Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. As a registered nurse, she practiced in a number of different health care settings including obstetrics, gynecology, hospice and palliative care, pediatrics with a concentration in developmental disabilities, public health, and nursing regulation as a Legal and Disciplinary Nurse Consultant. She has served in roles with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), the County Health Emergency Assistance Resource Team (CHEART), an affiliate of the Public Health Task Force for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) in the North Central Health District, and the Georgia Statewide Opioid Task Force. Adrienne has been with the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Georgia Office of Secretary of State for fifteen years and has served in her present role as the Executive Director of multiple licensing boards, including the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy, for eight years. She has been involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy as a member of the FSBPT Membership Survey Task Force, a member of the FSBPT Resolutions Committee, the Chair of the FSBPT Re-entry to Practice Task Force, an awardee of the FSBPT Outstanding Service Award in 2018, liaison to several tasks forces and committees and as a member of the FSBPT Board of Directors.
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