As a nurse, you can make a unique contribution to achieving the goals of improved health and efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state and national levels. Our goal is to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions. The following are resources to help you on your journey to becoming board ready!
NOBC 2021 “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” 2.0 Impact of Nurses on Boards Interview Series, Nurses Serving on Boards:
- Pam Hull, RN, President of Mandorla Consulting LLC, Board Chair at Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin
- Dr. Cyrus Batheja, National Vice President of UnitedHealth Group
- Melanie Gray, PhD, RN, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Advocate Aurora Health, City on a Hill Milwaukee, Board Director
- Catherine Harvey Sevier, DrPH, RN, AARP-NC, NC State President
- Diana Vance-Bryan, RN, JD, Hennepin Healthcare System Chair
- Erica Edfort, DNP, MSN, RN, NVRN-BC, RN-BC, FASRN, FAHA, Chamberlain University Undergradudate Curriculum Committee Chair
NOBC 2021 “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” 2.0 Impact of Nurses on Boards Interview Series, Board Leaders:
- Dale Wahlstrom, CEO of Pelvital USA, Inc.
- Shelli Pavone, CEO and Co-Founder of Inlightened
- Michelle Murray, CEO/President of Nexus Health
- Brian Housh, Village of Yellow Springs, Council President
- Linda Barnhart, Nexus Family Health, Board Director
- Jeffery Hudson-Convolo, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Executive/Chief Academic Officer, and GME DIO, Sierra View Medical Center
- Pilla, L. (2022, May), Nurses, Get on (a) Board: How You Can Make A Difference in Your Community and Beyond. Daily Nurse
- Sundean, L.J., O’lynn, C.E. (2022, February), Nurses’ Perspectives of Their Impact While Serving on Boards. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 52(2), 106-111.
- Harper, K.J., Brewington, J.G. (2022, January/February), Diverse Leadership Needed for a Changing World. Nursing Economic$, 40(1), 46-48.
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2021). The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
- Harper, K. J. (2021, January-March). The future of nursing report set the stage for healthier hoosiers. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 45 (1), 46-51.
- Carmody, J., Black, K., Bonner, A., Wolfe, M., & Fulmer, T. (2021). Advancing gerontological nursing at the intersection of age-friendly communities, health systems and public health. Journal of Gerontological Nursing,47(3),13-7.
- Harper, K. J., & Benson, L. S. (2020, November/December). Are you ready for Board Service? Identifying key competencies and discovering your path to the boardroom. Nursing Economics, 38(6), 316-323.
- Briggs, St. (January 28, 2020). SM NOBC Nurse Profile: Tracey Smith. Retrieved 2/13/2020 from https://scrubsmag.com/sm-nobc-nurse-profile-tracey-smith/
- Briggs, St. & Hassmiller, Sue. (January 28, 2020). Why Nurses Need to Lead. Retrieved 2/13/2020 from https://scrubsmag.com/
- Briggs, St. (December 21, 2019). SM NOBC Nurse Profile: Katherine McFaun Williams. Retrieved 2/13/2020 from https://scrubsmag.com/nobc-nurse-profile-katherine-mcfaun-williams/
- Scrubs. (November 17, 2019). Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC): Building a Healthier America, One Nurse at a Time. Retrieved 2/13/2020 from https://scrubsmag.com/
- McMahon, E. (2019, October 2). ISU’s Mennonite College of Nursing paves the way with nurses on local boards initiative. Illinois State University.
- Harper, K. J., & Benson, L. S. (2019, August). The importance and impact of nurses serving on boards. Nursing Economics, 37(4), 209-212.
- Sundean, L. J., White, K. R., Thompson, L. S., & Prybil, L. D. (2019, April 5). Governance education for nurses: Preparing nurses for the future. Journal of Professional Nursing. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.04.001
- The Governance Institute. (2019, March). Nurse Leadership at Mayo Clinic: Integrating Nursing, Clinical Practice, and Interdisciplinary Education. In The Governance Institute’s Academic Health Focus .
- Sundean, L. J. (2018). Everyday advocacy: Nurses serving on boards. In American Nurses Association.
- Sundean, L. J., Polifroni, E. C., Libal, K., & McGrath, J. M. (2018). The rationale for nurses on boards in the voices of nurses who serve. Nursing Outlook, 66(3), 222-232. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2017.11.005
- Fauteux, N. (2018, December 21). Mayor Jean Stothert: A first for Omaha. In Campaign for Action.
- Swensen, S., & Robel, S. M. (2018, December 6). Leadership survey: Nurses as leaders: Broad acceptance, room to grow. In New England Journal of Medicine Insights.
- Nurses on boards: Bringing holistic perspective to academic health systems. (2018, September). The Governance Institute’s Academic Health Focus, 1-3.
- Benson, L., & Harper, K. J. (2018, September). Leading Change: Holistic Nurses in the Board room. In Nurses on Boards.
- Benson, L. (2018, September). Nurses: Consider raising your leadership voice [Electronic version]. Today’s Wound Clinic, 12(9).
- Benson, L., Weston, M., & Harper, K. (2018, August). Making an impact through serving on a board [Electronic version]. Insider: Infusion Nurses Society, 1(4), 12-15.
- Benson, L. (2018, August 23). Diversity in the boardroom: Consider a nurse. Directors & Boards.
- Werrlein, D. (2018, August 24). Nurse brings big picture mindset to school board. In Campaign for Action.
- Weston, M. (2018, June 13). Why it’s time to add nurses to leadership boards. In America’s Health Insurance Plans.
- Campana, D. (2018, February). ENA-NOBC partnership encourages nurses to get involved [Electronic version]. ENA Connection.
- Wray, R. (2018, January 17). Answering the call for nurses on boards [Electronic version]. The Chamberlain.
- Sundean, L. J., Polifroni, E. C., Libal, K. & McGrath, J. M. (2017). Nurses on health care governing boards: An integrative review. Nursing Outlook, 65(4), 361-371. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2017.01.009
- The nurses on boards coalition: The goal is to have 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020 [Electronic version]. (2017, September). The Research Journal of the National League for Nursing, 38(5), 293-294. doi:10.1097/01
- Mulliniz, C., Lee Walton, A., & Ruiz, D. (2017, July). From the bedside to the boardroom: Are you ready to serve? American Nurse Today, 12(7).
- Capella University. (2017, June). Nurses on board: The time for change is now. In Nurses on Boards Coalition.
- Nevidjon, B., & Benson, L. (2017, April 11). Serving on boards allows nurses to improve the nation’s health. In ONS Voice.
- Reinhard, S. (2017, March 13). Getting nurses on board [Electronic version]. Trustee Magazine.
- Hachten, R., & Mershon, K. (2017, January 11). Hospital impact: In uncertain times, healthcare boards have even more reason to embrace nurse leaders [Electronic version]. Fierce Healthcare.
- Sundean, L. J., & McGrath, J. M. (2016). A Metasynthesis Exploring Nurses and Women on Governing Boards. Journal of Nursing Administration, 46(9), 455-461.
- Mayer, D. K. (2016, September). Nurses on boards: My experience with the moonshot [Electronic version]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(5), 539-540. doi:10.1188/16
- Zimmerman, B. (2016, September 28). From the bedside to the board room: 2 nurse leaders on getting 10k nurses on boards by 2020 [Electronic version]. Becker’s Hospital Review.
- Board Source. (2016, June 7). Joining a nonprofit board. In Board Source
- Thew, J. (2016, June 6). 4 strategies for nurses who want to enter the boardroom. In Health Leaders.
- Burnes Bolton, L. (2014, January 3). My leadership journey. In Campaign for Action.
- Hassmiller, S. B. (2012, March). Nurses on boards: Competencies required for leadership. American Journal of Nursing, 112(3), 61-66.
- Hassmiller, S. Taking the first steps to serving on a board. American Nurse Today, 7(11), 18-20.
- Joseph, M. Lindell, and Benson, Laurie. (2022, Apr. 7) “Leveraging Conflict in the Boardroom.” In NursingCenter
- Joseph, M. Lindell, and Benson, Laurie. (2021, Sept. 6) “Projecting Confidence in the Boardroom: 5 Steps to Build Confidence.” In NursingCenter
- Joseph, M. Lindell, and Benson, Laurie. (2021, Apr. 20) “Building a Healthier America: Innovating in the Boardroom.” In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2020, Nov. 3). Making Change or Changing Minds? A Conversation with Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN.
- Bonsall, L. (2020, Oct. 15). Nursing, Tech, and Hackathons: A Conversation with Molly McCarthy, MBA, RN-BC.
- 5 Strategies to Help Break the Stigma of Mental Illness. (2019, May 15). In Capella University.
- Wojciechowski, M. (2019, March 21). NOBC wants more nurses serving on boards: Here’s why. In Minority Nurse.
- Williamson, E. (2018, November 28). Our nation needs more nurses on boards. In Nurse.com.
- Lipincott Solutions. (2018, October 25). Have you considered an academic voice? Nurses on boards: Building a healthier america. In Lippincott Solutions.
- Lippincott Solutions. (2018, June 12). The art of being gracious. In Lippincott Solutions.
- Hilton, L. (2018, May 14). Woodhull study finds nurses still missing from media healthcare coverage. In Nurse.com.
- Jones-Schenk, J. (2018, April 26). Resources for current and aspiring nurse leaders. In Western Governors University.
- Bonsall, L. (2017, December 15). Influence with storytelling. In NursingCenter.
- Lippincott Solutions. (2017, November 13). A Nurse’s place in the boardroom. In Wolters Kluwer.
- Mahoney, D. (2017, September 20). Getting nurses on board with serving on boards. In Press Ganey.
- Bonsall, L. (2017, September 17). Take an ethical stance!. In NursingCenter.
- How nurses on boards impacts health care decision making. (2017, June 5). In Capella University.
- Bonsall, L. (2017, May 30). Confidence and Truthfulness. In NursingCenter.
- Groenwald, S. (2017, May 5). Strategic partnership aims to get more nurses on boards. In Nurse.com.
- Bonsall, L. (2017, April 12). Nurses- Get on board!. In NursingCenter.
- American Journal of Nursing. (2017, April). A gold bond to restore joy to nursing: A collaborative exchange of ideas to address burnout.. In American Journal of Nursing Blog.
- Sundean, L. J. (2017, January 24). Nurses on Boards and Healthy Communities. In Sundean RN.
- Sundean, L. J. (2016, November 28). Courageous Conversations for Nurse Board Leaders. In Sundean RN.
- Citrin, J. (2016, February 18). The market for board talent is changing: Here is what you need to know. In LinkedIn.
- Campaign for Action. (n.d.). Talking points for action coalitions on nurse leadership. In Future of Nursing.
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- Bonsall, L. (2021, September). The Fabric of Being a Nurse: A Conversation with Lisa Kreeger, PhD, RN. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2020, November). Trust and Spheres of Influence: An Interview with Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2020, October). Uniting Technology & Clinicians: An Interview with Molly McCarthy, MBA, RN-BC. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2020, January).Nurses Make Profound Impacts: An Interview with Angelleen Peters Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN. In NursingCenter, podcast interview | University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
- Scrubs Magazine Podcast: Ep. 9, 1/1/20. (January 1, 2020). Starting the Year off Right!. Retrieved 2/13/2020 from https://scrubsmag.com/podcast/
- Scrubs Magazine Podcast: Ep. 8, 12/30/19. (December 21, 2019). Adopting a Patient, Doctors and Climate Change, The NOBC. Retrieved 2/13/2020 from https://scrubsmag.com/podcast/
- Bonsall, L. (2019, August 30). The power of informal conversations and bold relationships. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2019, April 25). Nurses – Natural Leaders and Collaborators: An Interview with Mike Singer. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2018, November). The ability to influence: An interview with Mary Beth Kingston, RN, MSN, NEA-BC [Podcast]. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2018, October 16). Nurses – The keepers of patients’ stories: An interview with Angela Patterson DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC [Podcast]. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2018, September 24). The unique perspective of nurses: An interview with Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2018, January 15). Nurses and the business of caring: An interview with John Bluford. In NursingCenter.
- Bonsall, L. (2017, July 26). Preparing nurse leaders: An interview with F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN. In NursingCenter.
- Improving health – Making an impact through service on boards (n.d.). In INS Learning Center.
- CNOs on BOARDS A Practical Guide – Written by Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch and Dr. Richard Oliver in cooperation with Nurses on Boards Coalition.
- Board Meeting Simulation
Wonder what it’s like to attend a board meeting? Watch this 90-minute board meeting simulation experience provided to Ohio nurses in 2017. The board packet is available here for you to follow along. Video is courtesy of the Ohio Action Coalition.
- Board Roles and Responsibilities – Active Participation
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE), a program of United Way of Central New Mexico, offers this free video discussing board roles and responsibilities and the critical role played in ensuring sustainability.
- Leading Change Through Board/Committee Appointments
At the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Leadership and Legacy Summit in Phoenix, three panelists discussed the importance of nurses’ service on boards, and tips for getting appointed to a board. This hour-long conversation, facilitated by Sue Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, is a must-watch for anyone who has considered board service and what it takes to get there.
- Lessons in Leadership: The Betty Irene Moore Speaker Series
Lessons in Leadership is a collection of 13 short videos featuring nationally-recognized leaders in nursing or health care who share the strategies that shaped their career and the lessons they learned. The leaders include CEO, executive directors and board members of the nation’s leading health care and nursing organizations; several recipients of “Living Legend” awards; faculty members from top universities; and influential policy advisors. All of them began their careers as nurses.
- Transforming Health Care Through Nurse Leadership
Nurses can help transform the nation’s health care system, create healthier communities, and build a Culture of Health. But what are the keys to becoming a nurse leader? Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone, seek a mentor, and more: Leaders from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and the 2014 Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing share their advice.
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Nurses on Boards
Nurses getting a “seat at the table” has been a long-standing issue for the profession. Serving on boards is a key component for any nurse trying to elevate their career and the profession as a whole, enabling them to make decisions and have a lasting and profound impact on issues impacting nurse safety, patient care and outcomes, and the culture of nursing as a whole. This webcast covers why it’s important to a nurse’s career and to the profession as a whole to serve on boards. It also details strategies on how to get to serve on boards – what skills nurses need to do so in order to succeed and the process for getting a board seat.
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