Although Louise Shores EdD, RN now perma­nently calls Washington home,” she is somewhat of an American Nomad,” leaving her legacy and contri­bu­tions in several states across the country. This is reflected in her educa­tion and throughout her career. Traveler” Shores received her diploma from Oklahoma Baptist Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, her BSN with Honors from North­western State College in Louisiana, her Masters degree in Nursing from the Univer­sity of Washington in Seattle and her Doctorate in Educa­tion from the Univer­sity of British Columbia in Vancouver BC.

In her more than 40 years of nursing, she has practiced in Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Oregon. Her career includes a wide variety of acute care clinical nursing practice, research and educa­tion positions – allowing her always to do what she loves most — mentoring and teaching others the art and science of nursing and promoting the contri­bu­tions of profes­sional nursing practice.

For nearly 20 years, Louise practiced in Seattle area hospi­tals in a variety of roles ranging from med-surg staff nurse, head nurse in ICUs and CCUs, OR super­visor, and Associate Director of Nursing and as a Clinical Instructor and Assis­tant Professor of Nursing at the Univer­sity of Washington. She was an early propo­nent and advocate for advanced nursing practice roles and served as Director of the Nurse Practi­tioner Prepa­ra­tion, Place­ment and Evalu­a­tion Program of the Washington/​Alaska Regional Medical Program in the mid-70’s. Following comple­tion of her Doctorate, Louise taught for three years at the Univer­sity of Wisconsin-Madison and then served as Execu­tive Director of the Illinois Nurses Associ­a­tion until 1994.

Louise has always been active at all levels of WSNA and ANA. A contin­uous member since 1963, she was Presi­dent of the King County District Nurses Associ­a­tion from 1967 — 1971. She served on the WSNA Board of Direc­tors from 1968 – 1970 and 1972 – 1974, was elected First Vice-Presi­dent from 1974 – 1976 and as WSNA Presi­dent from 1976 – 1979. Louise has always been a leader who could stand by her princi­ples, give voice to the minority view and skill­fully manage being in the hotseat.”

During her presi­dency she weath­ered the 1976 strike and its after­math; began joint execu­tive committee meetings between WSNA and the State Medical Associ­a­tion after they threat­ened to sue the Board of Nursing over prescrip­tive authority; facil­i­tated more than 28 state-wide forums to debate the merits of the 1985 educa­tional entry into practice proposal and success­fully presided over the passage of a $55 WSNA dues increase! Her ability to lead others from conflict to collab­o­ra­tion was astounding! Champion, Mentor, Teacher, Role Model and Advocate are all terms used by others to describe Louise’s leader­ship. In keeping with this, WSNA presented Louise with the ANA Honorary Member­ship award in 1979 for her outstanding leader­ship and contri­bu­tions to WSNA.

Louise was a delegate to the ANA conven­tion from1968 through 1984. Her ANA activ­i­ties include chairing and serving on numerous commit­tees before being twice elected to serve four years as Treasurer of ANA from 1980 – 1984. Judith Ryan, former ANA Execu­tive Director commented on Louise’s contri­bu­tions as ANA Treasurer, Louise helped craft the finan­cial relation­ships between and among levels of the profes­sional organi­za­tion; between ANA and the Academy and the American Nurses’ Founda­tion; between ANA and our pension and health benefits struc­tures. She clearly under­stood and upheld right relation­ships between the member­ship organi­za­tion and its appro­pri­ately arms-length Creden­tialing function and between the Creden­tialing functions and the broader profes­sion. She also helped to shape a new for-profit ANA subsidiary. Louise always under­stood the economic inter­ests of the profes­sion – and upheld the right to act in that economic interest both within and outside of the historic collec­tive bargaining frame­work. Louise’s national contri­bu­tions have been many and they are lasting.” Louise also served for six years as Trustee and Treasurer of the American Nurses Foundation.

Throughout her career, Louise has been a commu­nity activist and agent for change – whether it was the civil rights movement of the 60’s, women’s rights of the 70’s, educa­tional reform in the 80’s or health care reform in the 90’s, Louise has worked diligently with coali­tions, educa­tional insti­tu­tions, govern­mental agencies and others to raise social conscious­ness and improve the welfare of others.

Louise now lives in Vancouver Washington and works as Educa­tion Consul­tant to the Oregon State Board of Nursing, a role she has had for the past six years.