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is to convene alliances and develop programs around clinical, and policy measures to improve the quality of life for underserved, underprivileged, and underrepresented at-risk populations. We achieve our mission through education, research, and policy implications as these programs highlight the impact of the nursing shortage and leadership in the United States and its territories.
Ophelia Long, RN – Treasurer

Ms. Long owns a management consulting firm in Oakland. Her organization, Long and Associates, specializes in health care, strategic planning, management development, and development of physician practice groups.

Long spent 27 years at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, rising from nursing care ICU coordinator to hospital administrator. She left in 1990 to become the CEO at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, where she managed three campuses and six district health centers. During this period, she provided ongoing technical advice to Louis W. Sullivan, MD, then Secretary of Health and Human Services. In 1995, she made history when she accepted the vice president position at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., becoming the only nurse to ever do so. She considers this distinction a career highlight.

Long is active in several professional organizations and is national chairperson for the Black Congress on Health, Law and Economics, a large federation of national organizations that provides a forum for African-American professionals to help shape national policy. Always a strong advocate for nursing, Long says, “Nursing affords the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. You can earn good money, but you can also make a difference.”

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