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Nurse association names new executive director

Former East Rockaway resident named to new position


Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA), the largest professional association of registered nurses in Arizona, announced that former East Rockaway resident Robin (Borger) Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CNE has been hired as executive director. Schaeffer was selected after an intense search among highly-qualified applicants following the current director’s announcement that she will retire.

  Schaeffer became an active member of AzNA upon relocating from New York to Arizona in 2005. She recently served as the director for continuing education for the AzNA board, helping to advance the association’s mission.

A certified nurse educator, Schaeffer is teaching in the master’s level nurse educator track as adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University.  Her experience includes organizing and managing courses for physicians at a large, 15-hospital system as the associate director of continuing medical education.  

Prior to joining AzNA as executive director, Schaeffer was full-time nursing faculty at Mesa Community College and an admissions coordinator for Hospice of the Valley where she applied her strengths in administration and education to the benefit of both the hospitals and the patients. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Russell Sage College in New York and her Masters of Science in nursing and health care education from the University of Phoenix. She is a published author, public speaker and has made numerous appearances on TV and radio shows as a healthcare expert.