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ONA 2013 Elections: Cabinet on Health Policy

Cabinet on Health Policy (four positions open)

Scroll down to find information about each candidate. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.


Alan Helyer, MPH, MBA, RN

  • Safety and Health Consultant
  • I firmly believe that Nurses have a major role to play in all areas of Healthcare Reform. They represent the best interests and outcomes of the patient as well as the working conditions, safety and well-being of the provider-team. I have actively supported political candidates that support Nursing Leadership. I have 30 years of experience in a wide variety of treatment of disease as well as disease prevention and health promotion. I understand both the health care side and the business side of healthcare.

Patti Brandon, MN, WHCNP, FNP, RN

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Portland Integrated Health & Sports Medicine
  • I have worked for many years in the State of Oregon promoting/maintaining our nursing practice through legislative processes. I believe that all Nurses (including our colleagues in Advanced Practice Nursing) can play a very important role in voicing, promoting, developing, and assuring we don’t lose control of the Statutes that govern our professional practice as Nurses in the State of Oregon. The ONA Cabinet on Health Policy is one of the best ways to identify, in an organized manner, the trends in health care for citizens in the State of Oregon. We as nurses working in Oregon have a very strong presence in promoting and maintaining our contributions to Legislative House and Senate members during the legislative sessions. I strongly believe that we need to, as Professional Nurses, work closely with our ONA lobbyists who represent us in the legislature on how to meet these needs and promote/maintain nursing’s role. The residents of the State of Oregon deserve the best Nursing practice available. We, as ONA members, have the ability to make significant contributions to meeting the health needs of citizens in the State. We have the ability to guide and promote the Nursing healthcare we provide. I would like to continue to make contributions by working with colleagues as a member on the Cabinet on Health Policy for ONA.

Jean Donovan, PhD, MSN, RN

  • Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Western Governors University
  • I am committed to promoting access to affordable, quality health care and I believe nurses contribute a unique and much needed perspective in the delivery of health care as well as in public policy discussions. Given my academic background in health policy, my experience as a nurse, and my current service as a member of the Health Policy Cabinet, I believe I can make a meaningful contribution in helping to shape ONA’s positions on health policy issues. During this time of rapid transition in health care delivery in Oregon, it is important that nurses be actively engaged in public discussions that are reshaping the role of nursing. During the past year, I have been pleased to represent ONA in a variety of health care forums that will exert an impact on nursing in our state. And, I would like to have the opportunity to contribute to ONA through my participation in the ONA Cabinet on Health Policy.

Terrie King, BSN, WCC, RN

  • Charge Nurse, Bay Area Hospital Home Health
  • To continue to be a part of the team that can help change public policy involving public health.

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