Clinical assistant professor Megan P. Williams, MSN, RN, FNP, has been named the 51st President of the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA).
Williams was sworn in during the NCNA’s annual meeting, held this year in Greensboro, North Carolina. She and her fellow board members are taking over leadership during a critical time for nursing. Healthcare is evolving rapidly, and nurses are heavily involved in making sure patients throughout North Carolina maintain access to quality care.
“As the leading professional association for registered nurses in North Carolina we need to consider not just the future of nursing, but the future for nursing,” said Williams.
Established in 1902 as the nation’s first professional organization for nurses, NCNA helps advance nursing practice in the state through continuing education, networking, and advocacy. As President, Williams will be overseeing a shift to a new model of governance that aims to make NCNA more flexible and encourages direct member participation. She also hopes to launch an initiative to increase diversity within the organization and to mentor diverse leaders.
Williams will also be spending a fair amount of time at the Capitol Building in Raleigh, advocating for legislation that supports nurses and promotes safety, health, and access to care for all people in North Carolina. Throughout her presidency, she plans to conduct statewide outreach and to increase the visibility of the organization.
At the SON, Williams instructs undergraduate nursing students in the classroom and in clinical settings, such as N.C. Memorial Hospital. She oversees nursing students as they practice their skills firsthand to prepare them to become an effective part of a healthcare team. Beyond teaching, Williams is the faculty advisor for the Association of Nursing Students, a pre-professional association that provides leadership and community service opportunities. Williams also practices as a family nurse practitioner at the acute care after-hours clinic at UNC Campus Health.
“I am passionate about nursing,” said Williams. “My role as a nurse educator is important. I am in a unique position to provide students with learning environments where they will gain the specialized expertise necessary for the important role they will play as part of the overall healthcare team. I look forward to engaging with nurses at all levels of practice across our state to move nursing forward.”