Ashley Clark-Weichert has been a nurse for 19 years. Starting at her first job in the Intensive Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital while on the Journey to Magnet Recognition, she got involved in shared governance, serving as a Magnet Champion, Unit-Based Council Chair, and Charge Nurse Leader. She grew over the years in her clinical experience and went back to school at George Mason University for a Masters in Nursing Education and was awarded a grant at the National Institutes of Health in Cancer Genomic Research through the National Human Genome Research Institute and National Cancer Institute. This was her first foray into nursing research. Ashley went to Yale University to pursue a doctorate in philosophy of nursing and qualified. She has multiple national and international presentations in the field of nursing genetics and genomics. She has also widely published in metabolomics in African Americans and authored a text book chapter. Ashley has now completed her DNP in nursing at Aspen University in January 2024. She currently works at Lee Health with her initial love of shared governance principles bringing the Magnet Journey to Cape Coral Hospital. She resides in Florida with her husband, two girls, and a newborn baby girl.