Future of Nursing Report Calls for Nurses to Join Healthcare Boards

Do you or any of your colleagues serve on a board? One of the key messages in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report is, "Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other health professionals in redesigning healthcare in the U.S." Being a full partner translates to the health policy arena, where the report suggests, "Nurses should also actively serve on advisory committees, as commissioners and on boards where policy decisions are made to advance health systems to improve patient care." Nurses need to exercise leadership competencies in a collaborative environment in all settings, including hospitals, communities, schools, boards, and policy and business arenas both within nursing and across the health professions. The Nurses on Board Coalition (NOBC), created by the collaborative efforts of 21 nursing organizations, has a goal of placing 10,000 nurses on governing boards by 2020.

Let your voice be heard! If you are serving on a board now or would like to serve, go to www.nursesonboardscoalition.org and register by clicking on the "Be Counted" link at the top of the page.


Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health . Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

Nurses on Boards Coalition. (2016, May 10). Re: NOBC Nurse Leader Letter. Retrieved from: https://mail.goggle.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=8f28728c50&view=pt&search=inbox&th=1549c290 71fd8b08&siml=1549c29071fd8b0&siml=154a65c5e5050950&siml 

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