The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) has inducted Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC to be the organization’s president, making her the first person of color to hold the position since ASNA formed 107 year ago.
“This is truly an honor and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve,” said Harris. “It is very important to be a part of a professional organization in your field. ASNA represents all nurses in the state of Alabama. I wanted to be a part the organization of change, one that influenced policy and gives back to the community.”
After graduating from Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Minor in Business, Dr. Harris began her nursing career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. She had the opportunity to work in the RN internship program as a staff nurse where she gained a great deal of experience as she worked in various parts of the hospital, including women’s health, psychiatry, and general medicine.
Harris completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in family practice. She also completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. Harris is currently working as an Inpatient glycemic control nurse practitioner on the inpatient glycemic management team within the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.
“Nurses are the largest workforce in healthcare and the ‘Most Trusted Profession’ as noted by Gallup Poles for the past 18 years in a row,” explained Harris. “As professionals, nurses should be at the policy discussion table. ASNA gives nurses that voice and I am proud to serve with them in an organization that truly makes a difference!”
Harris was elected President-elect in 2018 and has worked closely with the outgoing president, Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann, DNP, RN during that two-year term. ASNA is affiliated with the American Nurses Association and Dr. Harris has served as a Delegate at the ANA Assembly in Washington for the past two years. She will continue as a Delegate in her role as ASNA President.