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10,000 Nurses on Boards by 2020

A new coalition of national nursing organizations will work to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. “Without a nurse trustee, boards lack an authority on the patient experience, quality and safety, and the largest part of the hospital workforce,” Trustee Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, wrote recently.

The Nurses on Boards Coalition will implement a national strategy aimed at bringing nurses’ valuable perspective to governing boards and national and state commissions with an interest in health. The goal is to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans.

The effort is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP as part of their collaborative effort to implement the recommendations of the IOM report through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

Members of the coalition are listed below. Other organizations may choose to be a part of this important and historic coalition going forward.

  • AARP

  • American Academy of Nursing

  • American Assembly For Men in Nursing

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • American Nurses Association

  • American Nurses Foundation

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives

  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association

  • Association of Public Health Nurses

  • National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

  • Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

  • National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc.

  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses

  • National Black Nurses Association

  • National League For Nursing

  • National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

  • National Student Nurses Association

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

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