Emerging Leader Fellow Update


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NBCRNA Board Election Results

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is pleased to announce that Rishelle Zhou, MS, LLB, CRNA, has been elected as an Emerging Leader Fellow on the NBCRNA Board of Directors. Rishelle works for the VA Portland Health Care System and has previously served on the NBCRNA Item Writers Committee. She joins the Board’s other Emerging Leader Fellow Christopher Gill, who recently accepted re-appointment to a new term. Rishelle and Chris will begin their terms in September 2017. 

The NBCRNA also welcomes Stephen Klinkhammer, DNP, MNA, MBA, CRNA and Dennis Spence, PhD, MS, CRNA who were elected as Directors to the NBCRNA Board of Directors. Their terms will also begin in September 2017. 

Read more about the current NBCRNA Board here


The Emerging Leader Fellowship is open to CRNAs who have been initially certified in the past one-to-five years. It is a one-year opportunity for newly certified nurse anesthetists identified as future leaders in the profession to gain exposure to board governance, high-level decision making, and trends affecting the future of the profession. The leadership development and experience fostered in this Fellowship will prepare nurse anesthetists for future board and committee work within the NBCRNA and beyond.

Board Requirements:

  • Participate for one year (Emerging Leader Fellow)
  • Attend an orientation session to learn about the NBCRNA, business operations, and the Board.
  • Attend three NBCRNA Board meetings annually. Meetings take place over a long weekend (typically Thursday - Sunday including travel) in August, January and April.
  • Engage in Board activities, including participation in Board and committee conference calls during weekday evenings.

Questions? Email nominations@nbcrna.com​.​​

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