The Nurses On Boards Coalition (NOBC) is deeply grateful and proud of nurses all across the country for their dedication, service and sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic. We honor all nurses, medical professionals, staff and volunteers serving on the frontlines and those supporting them behind the scenes in their local communities. NOBC is committed and available to support our members, partners, nurses and community members. Please contact us at nobc@nursesonboardscoalition.org if we can help you in any way. Especially now, we thank you for your interest, support and engagement in support of our mission. We hope you and those you hold close are protected, safe and healthy in the coming days.

NOBC News April 2020


As of April 28, 2020
7,334 nurses on boards counted to date
97 in the last 90 Days

BE ONE, BRING ONE
Register your board service and invite a nurse colleague to do so too. 
A Message From NOBC Leadership

April 2020: National “Celebrate Diversity Month”
Communicating with a Purpose – Celebrating the Rich Fabric of Diversity
To better meet America’s health needs and contribute to a culture of health, the nursing workforce has to reflect the country’s multitude of ethnicities, races, genders, cultures and communities. Such diversity and inclusion will ultimately increase health equity and help transform the way people get their health care.
 
In The Future of Nursing: Leading Health, Advancing Change report,  it calls for a “greater emphasis” on increasing diversity of the workforce and ensuring that nurses are able to provide culturally relevant care. As our country gets bigger, older and more diverse, we will see profound effects on the U.S. health care system and the people in its care. This makes it critical that health care leaders reflect the rich diversity of our communities.
 
As leaders we have a responsibility to create welcoming and inclusive environments in which to conduct business at the board room table. This includes incorporating diversity in policies, strategic plans, and operational procedures.  Leaders must demonstrate an executive commitment to diversity on an ongoing and regular basis.
 
It’s time to walk the talk!
 
Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Immediate Past National Black Nurses Association NOBC Member Representative
NOBC Board Member and former NOBC Board Finance Committee Chair
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Featured Story

Diversity of Experience

Associate Professor at Linfield College School of Nursing, Jackie Webb, DNP, FNP-BC, RN shares how the nursing profession’s emphasis on caring and communication make a perfect training ground for diversity in board leadership.

“As a Nurse and a Latina, I found myself frustrated that many health policies were being made without the voice that represented my experiences with many of my Latino patients. Eventually, I decided that I had the knowledge, confidence, and gumption to start serving on Boards that improve the lives of so many of my clients I take care of as a nurse. Many of our Boards need to be reflect the various populations that are now becoming majority populations.

Nursing is one of the few professions that truly allows us to see our client’s holistically, meaning not only as an individual but as a being impacted by family, community, and environment. As nurses, our education provides us with the foundational knowledge that compassion is truly an important value to uphold. The art of caring allows us to examine potential problems by listening for various approaches to problem solving, communicating effectively, and always keeping the client at the center of any management plan. These are incredible skills to have as a board member.”

Read Jackie’s full interview with NOBC here!
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Recognizing NOBC Strategic Partners and NOBC Member Organization Affiliates in March and April 2020:

With appreciation, we recognize Western Governors University as an NOBC Founding Strategic Partner, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and The George Washington University School of Nursing as renewed NOBC Founding Healthcare Leadership Organization Strategic Partners; Rutgers School of Nursing as a new NOBC Healthcare Leadership Organization Strategic Partner; Indiana Center for Nursing as a renewed NOBC Member Organization Affiliate, and Nurses Service Organization and Careismatic Brands, Inc. for their additional donations.

April Spotlight: Western Governors University – NOBC Founding Strategic Partner

Western Governors University (WGU) is proud to be a founding partner with Nurses on Boards Coalition because of our shared commitment to improving the health of our communities and the nation. The WGU Nursing Mission states, in part, “The nursing programs are committed to forming confident, caring and competent professional nurses who are prepared to meet the emerging healthcare needs of diverse populations.” This is important now more than ever. WGU is proud of the work nurses are doing across the country during this pandemic. We believe that partnering with the NOBC further prepares our students and alumni with the skills they need for successful board service. We celebrate with NOBC the diversity of the nursing profession and recognize the need for the unique nursing perspective on boards of all types.
 
Dr. Jan Jones-Schenk, Senior Vice President of WGU’s College of Health Professions stated, “I have benefited from board service and recognize its importance to the health and wellness of our communities. I believe our students and alumni benefit from our relationship with NOBC because it strengthens leadership competencies and encourages a lifelong commitment to professional growth.”
 
Along with the professional and personal growth nurses receive from board membership, the work broadens their understanding of important social needs and positions them as advocates for change in their nursing practice and in their communities.  The world is changing and the nursing voice is critically important in the boardroom.
 
About WGU
WGU is a nonprofit, online university and the nation’s first accredited competency-based university. Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors to expand access to high-quality higher education, today WGU serves more than 120,000 students in all 50 states. WGU’s nursing and healthcare degree programs are designed with input from industry-leaders, ensuring the curriculum is relevant and our graduates are highly qualified to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry. WGU’s bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Learn more about our degree programs here.
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NOBC External Research Requests: Measuring the Impact of Nurses on Boards

Please consider participating in the following research study by Lisa J. Sundean, PhD, MHA, RN from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Lisa’s research interests include nurses in governance leadership roles, and nursing workforce development. Please read a statement from Lisa on how to participate below:

The Board Engagement Survey
“I am a nurse scientist and I am testing the reliability of a survey to measure how nurses engage on boards of directors. If you are an RN or APN serving on a board of directors with fiduciary responsibilities and have served on the board for at least one year, you may be eligible to participate in the study. Participation in the study will take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time. This study is approved by the University of Massachusetts Boston IRB. To learn more about this study and to consider participating in it, please click HERE. Please consider sharing this message and link with RN/APN colleagues who serve on boards and might be interested in participating in this study. Thank you.”

Affiliation(s): Assistant Professor University of Massachusetts Boston; Fellow New York Academy of Medicine; Co-Leader Nurses on Boards Coalition Impact Work Group; Consultant for Center to Champion Nursing in America; Member of multiple boards of directors

Sample of relevant published work: Nursing Outlook Excellence in Policy Award for article: Sundean, L.J., Polifroni, E.C., Libal, K. & McGrath, J.M. (2017). Nurses on healthcare governing boards: An integrative review. Nursing Outlook65(4), 361-371.
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How You Can Help
Here are 3 things you can do to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and help us achieve our goal of 10,000 nurses on boards in 2020. NOBC encourages your involvement!

1. BE COUNTED:  Log in, update your profile with new information including registering any additional boards you are serving on, so that your service can be counted toward NOBC’s key strategy of achieving 10,000 nurses on boards by the end of 2020!

2. SHARE YOUR STORY: Fill out our SURVEY. Your experiences will provide advice and inspiration to other nurses on their journeys to the boardroom.

3. RECOMMEND A BOARD OPPORTUNITY: If you know of an organization with an open board seat, tell them about NOBC so that we can partner with them to place a nurse on their board.Team NOBC is here to offer our support to nurses, our members and partners, colleagues across the country, especially during these uncertain times.

We want to THANK YOU for your unwavering support of our mission, to improve health across the nation through the service of nurses on boards. Our significant progress and momentum is a result of your collective personal dedication, commitment, and engagement every day in the communities where you live and work. Together, we are making a difference!
 
Please reach out to us anytime with suggestions, ideas, or questions.  Your input will continue to guide our plans and actions as we accelerate our progress and impact.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR ROLE IN IMPROVING HEALTH ACROSS THE NATION!

Nurses on Boards Coalition