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As a nurse, you possess a unique skill set and an unmatched public trust that is desirable for board service. In a time of rapid changes in health care that affect all sectors, consumers benefit from having nurses’ frontline perspective present in boardrooms as policy decisions are made. The shortage of nurses serving on boards contrasts the fact that nurses comprise the largest segment of the U.S. health care workforce—3 million strong. More than any other health care provider, nurses bring the perspective of the patient. They are on the frontlines in making sure care is delivered safely, effectively and compassionately. With federal health care reform, health care providers are in the midst of reworking care delivery to make it more accessible, accountable and affordable, while putting an emphasis on prevention and primary care. Nurses already play a huge role on the frontlines. It’s time they begin playing a role in the boardroom too, bringing both their practical sensibilities and view of patient care experiences to the table. Learn more about how and why to seek a Board position here.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommended increasing the number of nurse leaders in pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions that work to improve the health of everyone in America. The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) was created in response to this, as a way to help recruit and engage nurses to step into leadership roles.

The NOBC represents nursing and other organizations working to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions. The coalition’s goal is to help ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by 2020, as well as raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspective of nurses to achieve the goals of improved health in the United States.

We encourage each and every one of you to fill out the form below and then visit www.nursesonboardscoalition.org to sign up to be counted if you are on a board and read more about the efforts being made to help build the future of our profession.

Missouri is joining the initiative with the goal of 200 Missouri nurses on boards. Are you currently on a board? Stand up and be counted by entering your information below. Your response to the database is vital to the success of the initiative.

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