Gadsden, Ala.-Dr. Martha Lavender, RN, MSN, DSN, has been named to the Alabama Board of Nursing. Lavender, assistant to the president of Gadsden State Community College for Cherokee County Operations, was appointed to serve a four-year term as one of three nursing education representatives by Governor Bob Riley.
As a member of the Alabama Board of Nursing, Lavender will take part in setting the standards of acceptable practices in nursing for the state, including licensure regulations and setting and reviewing standards for education curriculum. The Board is also responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Practice Act, which governs nursing education, licensure, practice, and discipline. The board has twelve major meetings annually.
Lavender has served in the nursing field for 32 years and has held several previous leadership roles in the nursing profession. She was a nurse manager of the newborn nursery at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, a former dean and professor of nursing at Jacksonville State University and most recently held the position of Associate Director for Training and Education at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security at McClellan. She has also held two nationally elected leadership positions, Treasurer and President, in the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN). “I am excited to explore a side of the decision-making process for the nursing profession that I have never experienced before,” Lavender commented.
As one of two representatives from the two-year college system, Lavender hopes that she can help bring the view point of postsecondary nursing education to the forefront of the public eye. “I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Alabama and the nursing profession by being a part of the board,” she said.
Lavender was named to her current position at Gadsden State Cherokee in June of 2008. She received her registered nursing degree from Gadsden State Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Lavender will begin her board appointment January 1, 2010.