Call For Nominations

Deadline for Nominations is August 31, 2022

The strategic leadership of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA)  begins with our elected officers and members-at-large. 

For the Fall 2022 election cycle, ACNA is seeking nominations for the following positions: 

  • Board of Directors: There are 7 vacant positions.
  • President
  • President-Elect

ACNA is turning a new page in the historical evolution of this specialty nursing organization and we invite our members to participate by running for office. ACNA is taking a bold step by calling for an election slate that will reset the entire leadership platform. ACNA has a strong commitment for diversity within the board and committees. Please consider how you might contribute to the continued success of ACNA’s mission by becoming a member of the leadership team this fall.

Qualifications for Positions

Board of Directors

The ACNA Nominations Committee is seeking individuals who have been members of ACNA for at least 12 months are classified as either Regular or Retired members, and who have the passion, energetic enthusiasm, and commitment to contribute to the vitality and growth of ACNA by becoming a member of the Board of Directors or part of our Executive Leadership Team. Members who are interested in BOD positions should have demonstrated previous active service within the organization. We seek to fulfill our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive BOD. ACNA strives to ensure all programs, policies, and procedures are inclusive. ACNA  is committed to the advancement of diverse representation across the association. 

Authority and Accountability: The Board is the legal authority for the ACNA. A board member holds a position of trust and accountability, represents the membership and thereby the community, and is responsible for the governance of the organization.

Term of Office: Board members are installed on December 1st for a term of two years through December 31, 2024. The Directors are elected by the membership. They may be re-elected for a maximum of one additional two-year term, and 4 consecutive years maximum may be served. Interim appointments are not considered as part of the two-year term. A simple majority is sufficient to elect the Board of Directors and Officers.

This year there are seven open positions for Board Members at Large whose term will run December 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024. Nominations will be accepted July 15-August 31, 2022. 

The slate is reviewed and qualifications verified by the nominations committee and approved by the BOD. You must provide a copy of your CV and a photo (headshot only) to complete the nomination process. 

President and President-Elect

In addition to meeting the BOD requirements as above, those members interested in running for the President and President-Elect positions require substantial service to the organization (e.g., active committee work, volunteering for tabling events, service at ACNA conference, mentoring to members) through volunteer work and/or service with related nursing or non-profit organizations, and/or state or national advocacy work. They must also demonstrate the ability to utilize communication skills and act with diplomacy. Strong interpersonal skills are a must.

The President-Elect position includes a four-year commitment to serving on the BOD and Executive Committee: one year as President-Elect, two years as President, and one year as Past-President, where the person remains active on the Executive Committee and as a member of the BOD. 

For this special election, the President position will step into a 2- year commitment, beginning immediately with the President position for one year of service followed by another year of service to the BOD and executive committee as past president. The incoming President will be mentored by a Past-President or other ACNA representatives based on need. Those interested in this position should exemplify extensive service to the organization, be a prior organization board member, or have other relevant leadership experience and outstanding leadership qualities. 

Timeline for Elections

Applications accepted: July 15-August 31, 2022
Town Hall information sessions: August 2022, dates TBD
Slate published to the ACNA website: September 15- October 15, 2022
Elections: October 16-31, 2022
Confirmation and announcement of winners: November 2022
Installation of BOD, President, President-elect: Dec 1, 2022

Positions' Duties 

 Travel expenses for organizational-related travel are covered by the organization within current parameters.

Board of Directors

  • Commitment to uphold and enact our mission statement:  advancing excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research, and policy development.
  • Attend the Annual Business Meeting and a minimum of 75% of the monthly Board meetings per year.
  • Committed individual who is seeking leadership opportunities and will give their time to pursue the ACNA mission.
  • Commit to the mandate and work of the organization.
  • Keep informed of the organization’s activities.
  • Follow conflict of interest and information management policies.



  • Act as the decision-making body for the membership.
  • Govern the organization following the by-laws, policies, and procedures approved by the Board.
  • Develop priorities and goals based on community needs and funding requirements.
  • Review and, if appropriate, approve recommendations from Board committees and staff.
  • Participate in the annual planning process and review.
  • Be accountable to the community through the membership.
  • Be accountable to funders in meeting contractual obligations.
  • Assess the organization’s effectiveness regularly.
  • Work with staff in a respectful, positive, and supportive way.
  • Understand the staff role and respect the boundaries between Board and staff roles.
  • Maintain positive relations and regular contact with members and the community.
  • Executive Committee Members and Officers (President, President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary) have additional duties related to their position on the Board, including biweekly meetings. Treasurer and Secretary positions are BOD members who are elected by the current BOD members at the January meeting. 



  • Attend regular Board and Committee meetings and any special meetings or events. Missing more than two consecutive BOD meetings requires the removal of BOD member status.
  • Understand the organization's mission and mandate.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Participate on a rotational basis to answer emails to address membership concerns.
  • Keep up to date on issues, community trends, and needs.
  • Participate on or chair committees as required.
  • Follow conflict of interest and freedom of information/confidentiality policies.
  • Review and be informed on financial and budget matters.

President and President-Elect

  • Understand and promote the organization’s mission.
  • Be familiar with the organization’s programs, policies, and operations.
  • Attend all board meetings, executive committee meetings, and appropriate committee meetings. The President oversees all committee work.
  • President-elect must actively serve on at least one committee and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Review agenda and supporting documents before meetings.
  • Review and revise bylaws with a committee on a bi-yearly cycle.
  • Participate in and advocate for the mission, events, and education sessions.
  • Keep current on cannabis issues and developments in program areas.
  • Strictly adhere to conflict of interest policies.
  • Strictly adhere to confidentiality policies.
  • Participate in strategic planning.
  • President-elect: Act as a spokesperson for the organization as needed. The President is the official spokesperson of the organization.
  • Mentor members and committee chairs in their leadership growth.
  • Role model leadership qualities to members and the larger community.
  • Collaborate with others to forward the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the organization using strong interpersonal skills.
  • Utilize strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the organization. Be proactive in supporting ACNA’s commitment to being an anti-racist organization.
  • Collaborate with partnering organizations that have a similar interest and vision. 


Time Demands (approximately 20 hours/ month) 

  • Attend and actively participate in at least all board meetings (monthly board meetings, approximately 1-2  hours in length).
  • Attend and participate in all executive committee meetings (biweekly, 1.5 hours= 3 hours/ month).
  • Prepare for meetings (4  hours/ month)
  • Answers email inquiries (2  hours/ week).
  • President meets with Executive Director weekly (1-2 hours).
  • President-elect meets with President and Executive director every other week  (1 hour).
  • Attend and actively participate in committee meetings and related work (5-6  hours per month as determined by the committee)
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual strategic planning retreat (1 weekend day)
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual meeting (approx. 3-4 hours). Prepare for the annual meeting (5-6 hours).
  • Attend annual conference and face-face BOD meeting (approx 3 days plus travel)
  • Attend new board member orientation in December (approx. 3-4 hours)
  • Attend conferences where ACNA has a presence (nursing conferences, medical cannabis science conferences, etc: minimum of one conference/ year: 3-4 days plus travel).
  • Attend Nursing Organization Alliance (NOA) conference for leadership training (NALA conference) in August (2-3 days plus travel).
  • May also attend NOA annual conference in November (2-3 days plus travel). 

Financial and Resource Development Expectations:

  • Be a member of the organization – current on dues.
  • Manage conflicts of interest appropriately.
  • Promote and participate in the organization’s online events and attend annual conferences.
  • Recruit sponsors as needed.
  • Identify and cultivate potential members, speakers, sponsors, or donors.
  • Participate in succession planning.
  • Work closely with partnering organizations on advancing cannabis nursing. 
  • Travel expenses for organizational-related travel are covered by the organization within current parameters. 

If interested in applying, please submit an application and supporting documentation to [email protected].