Ann Scott Blouin

Ann Scott Blouin RN, Ph.D., FACHE July 6, 2018

Credentials: RN, PhD, FACHE

Place of Employment: The Joint Commission

Which Nursing Organizations are you currently a member of: ANA, AONE, IONL

Board(s) currently serving on: IHI, America’s Essential Hospitals Institute Board

 

Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?

The desire to help other organizations succeed.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

Reading, talking with colleagues, and attending professional conferences.

What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?

I was able to connect NPSF (prior vice-chair) with ACHE to secure funding for new safety culture toolkit.

What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?

Learn as much as possible about the history, culture, and people of the organization.

What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader and eventually obtaining a board position?

“Getting the Board on Board” 3rd edition. It discusses the board’s responsibility in quality and safety.

Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?

Nurses have an important perspective due to their patient/family advocacy role, trusted adviser, and broad-based education and experience.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?

The lack of awareness of how nurse board members can contribute.

- RN, Ph.D., FACHE
Boards: IHI, America's Essential Hospitals Institute Board
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