On April 11, 2011, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton, Vice President and chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at a luncheon held by the William F. Connell School of Nursing. I found the discussion with Dr. Burnes Bolton to be educational and inspirational. She encouraged us to identify our personal goals in addition to providing us with insightful advice on becoming successful leaders in nursing. I found her description of leadership as a practiced art to be very useful as she instructed us to focus first on learning to lead and critique ourselves before taking initiative to lead others.
Through her immense dedication and commitment to the values of nursing, Dr. Burnes Bolton has been able to stimulate positive changes in health care. She has placed a great emphasis on caring and developing relationships within communities. Her commitment to communities reflects her ambition to focus on the prevention, rather than treatment, of poor health outcomes. Dr. Burnes Bolton is a great example of someone who has taken initiative to lead and promote change. It was truly motivating to hear her accomplishments and successes. As an aspiring nurse, I hope to discover that same drive to be a leader and make a positive change in health care. I am so grateful for the chance to have met such an inspirational and motivating woman who has contributed immensely to nursing and health care.