Twenty-six nurse leaders from Texas participated in a daylong training session in July to gain the skills and knowledge needed to serve on boards of hospital, community and statewide governing bodies that address healthcare issues. The workshop marked the launch of Nurses On Board, a yearlong training program spearheaded by the Texas Team Action Coalition, to prepare nurse leaders to join boards of directors of organizations and agencies that promote health and wellness, according to an article in the August 2014 issue of Sharing Nursings Knowledge.
The Texas team, in partnership with Texas Healthcare Trustees, created Nurses On Board to help meet a key IOM Future of Nursing recommendation to produce leaders throughout the healthcare system, from bedside to boardroom.
The Texas team and THT plan to hold Nurses On Board training workshops in each of the eight Texas regions to prepare approximately 400 nurses statewide to serve on boards of directors, according to the article. Nurses who participated in the inaugural workshop will be invited to become trainers for future workshops. THT will work with other statewide organizations to identify board positions for the nurses who complete the program.
The feedback from our inaugural group is excellent, Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, co-chairman of the Texas team, said in the article. We believe we can make an enormous difference by increasing the number of nurse leaders ready to serve on boards to ensure that nurses are part of the high-level decisions made about health and healthcare in Texas.