The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the election of Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, to its board of trustees. She joins a diverse group of 13 other board members in leading the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans.
An RN for more than 40 years, Burnes Bolton is vice president for nursing, CNO and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is one of the principal investigators at The Burns and Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.
“We are extremely pleased to have Linda Burnes Bolton serve as a trustee and lend her considerable talents to our work to ensure a robust healthcare workforce that meets the needs of all Americans in the decades to come,” RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, said in a news release.
“RWJF will benefit from her vast experience as we help the next generation of healthcare leaders consistently deliver care that is equitable, effective, patient-centered and cost-efficient.”
Burnes Bolton has written numerous peer-reviewed research papers on the topics of nurse retention, nurse practice standards and minority health. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association, and is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization for Nurse Executives, Association of California Nurse Leaders, American Public Health Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, National Black Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and the Alliance for Health Care Reform. She has served as a trustee at Case Western Reserve University since 2006.
Burnes Bolton has held other board and officer positions for several national organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Arizona State University. In 2009 she was appointed vice chairwoman of the Institute of Medicine’s committee on “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”
In 2011, Burnes Bolton was named one of the top 25 women in healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the top 10 healthcare executives by the Los Angeles Business Journal. An endowed nursing leadership scholarship in her name was established in 2011 at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing. She also holds positions as an associate clinical professor of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, and UCLA.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in nursing from Arizona State University, Burnes Bolton received master’s degrees in maternal child health and population health and a doctorate in population health and behavioral science, all from UCLA.