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Nurses on Boards


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended in its landmark 2010 report, The Future of Nursing:  Leading Change, Advancing Health, that nurses should be represented on boards, executive leadership teams and in other key leadership positions.

Nurses on Boards?

  • Nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce
  • Nurses are considered the most trustworthy of all professions (Gallup, 2016)
  • Nurses are at the frontline and leaders across the continuum of healthcare settings
  • Nurses bring their unique perspective, knowledge, skills and experience into the boardroom
  • Nurses make a significant impact on the health of our communities

Nurses on Boards Coalition

In order to advance more nurses on boards, the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) was established in 2015 by a broad group of national nursing organizations.  They set the goal of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.  The NOBC has now been joined by other organizations to accelerate the goal and provide nurses with the resources and tools to be effective board members.

Steps You Can Take to Serve on a Board

  • Complete the survey on the NOBC website at
  • Ask: What am I passionate about?  Where would I like to serve?
  • Create a personal plan for board service.
  • Network with colleagues.
  • Find a mentor.
  • Learn about board service.
  • Explore the many resources for board service.


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