Nicole Dhanraj, CRA - Candidate for AHRA Director

Chief of Radiology at Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning, GU 

My background is diverse in the areas of clinical healthcare, business, and academics, specifically focused on the field of radiology.  This broad and in-depth career of experience and skill sets is the foundation for my commitment and contribution impact to the AHRA. 
My passion for radiology is evident. Since I joined the AHRA in 2017, I have used this colorful experience to actively support my colleagues and the profession through authorship, presentations, and volunteer work to support the AHRA's goals.
My experience is proof that I have plenty to offer my radiology brothers and sisters. I plan to maintain the AHRA's mission through assisting in supporting, planning and fulfilling strategic organizational goals, as well as guide members towards the vision those goals support. 
Through my work in the radiology at a local and international level, one can see that my vocational direction is to continue to elevate the radiology profession as a Subject Matter Expert, sharing knowledge, or serving as a conduit with fellow board members for problem-solving clinical or business issues, and more importantly, navigating our turbulent healthcare times.  
I look forward to working with fellow members to provide critical evaluation and analysis to quickly recognize concerns as well as opportunities for the AHRA especially in tandem with other healthcare organizations. Such an ability can springboard collective capacity to evaluate AHRA's programs, analyze organizational data, and recommend alternatives whether they are practical, or profitable solutions. 
My rich career experience of supervision and management of personnel from various cultures and generations, allows me to practice my diplomatic skills and easily establish and maintain corporate relationships with external partners and internal stakeholders.  
I understand the importance of integrity in our profession and to our members. Ethics is the foundation of my practice, and I am committed to my own rules of conduct, as well as oversight of other’s moral codes and principles.
This foundation of practice, diplomacy, and ethics represents the type of Subject Matter Expert and Board Member that will serve with a high standard of moral conduct as a model, and mentor for the AHRA and the members it serves. 
Together, with my fellow Board Members, I am proud to continue enriching the AHRA as a valuable asset to not only imaging professionals but through partnerships with our colleagues across healthcare both nationally and globally. I am proud to be an imaging professional, and equally excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve you all!

Question & Answer

What do you see as the primary role of AHRA’s Board of Directors? 
To ensure the organization’s success through accomplishing the mission the organization established.

What makes you an excellent leader?
I not only possess rich technical and business knowledge, but important leadership skills as ability to navigate a turbulent economic (healthcare) environment, encourage, inspire others to focus and buy into the vision. My global mindset also establishes my ability to lead various cultures. My flexibility and adaptability also supports my excellent leadership skills as I am able to react and deal with situations in a logical and rationale manner. I maintain empathy and focus on my colleagues and team. 

How do you define governance? Describe your experience with strategic planning.
Governance to me is the oversight of an organization that is guided by policies, established processes, ethical practices, and consistency in the decision making process.

What was your initial reason for joining AHRA, and why do you choose to continue your membership?
My initial reason was to learn from my other colleagues as well as share my best practices. The organization serves as a framework for my continued success in how I effectively manage and operate my radiology department.

What would you say to a peer who was on the fence about becoming a member?
The monetary investment is minimal compared to the knowledge you gain as a professional. The network of colleagues provide the foundation to any administrator’s success. Using the analogy of no man is an island, the AHRA provides the arsenal of information, the reservoir of knowledge and the prestige of membership to not only give anyone the competitive edge, but give ALL the tools required to being an effective and efficient radiology administrator. The benefits bestowed as a member is then reflected at an organizational level.

Professional History and Experience

Medical Imaging Management: 12 Years
Medical Imaging: 19 Years
Work History:

• 2015-Current: Chief of Radiology at Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning, GU
• 2005-2011: Technical Operations Director at Sound Medical Imaging in Puyallup, WA
• 2000-2015: Agency Technologist, varied across western Seattle, WA
• 2000-2005: US Army Sergeant in Seattle/Germany

• 2013: PhD in Organizational Management at Capella University, MN
• 2004: MSc in International Relations at Troy State University, AL
• 2003: BSc in Psychology at St Martin’s University, WA

• 2019: SCP, SHRM
• 2015: CRA, AHRA
• 2002: RT(R), ARRT

AHRA / AHRA EF Offices, Appointments, and Activities

AHRA member since 2015, CRA since 2015

Other Professional and Community Activities

• 2017: Member, International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologist
• 2017: Ambassdor, World Radiography Educational Trust Foundation
• 2015: Volunteer, RAD-AID
• 2016: Member, Women’s Leadership Symposium

Fundraising Experience

• 2017: Secretary, Women's Leadership

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