The New York City-based Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation announced a $150,000 grant Dec. 17 to fund work by the American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, Md., to increase the number of nurses serving on national boards of directors.
The ANFs work is part of a coalition of national nursing organizations working together to increase nurses presence on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards of directors throughout the country, according to a news release. Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO of the ANA and its foundation, is a co-chairwoman of the national coalition.
Kate Judge, executive director of the foundation, will serve as co-chairwoman of one of the coalitions work groups focused on board appointments.
This grant aligns with the Hillman Foundations commitment to improving lives through nursing, Ahrin Mishan, executive director of the foundation, said in the release. We believe that patients and families will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this important initiative led by the American Nurses Foundation.
The Hillman Foundation seeks to impact lives by spearheading programs to support the next generation of nursing leaders and funding nurse-driven approaches to transforming the cost and delivery of care, according to the release.
Placing nurses on boards aligns with the 2011 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommends nurses play more pivotal roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of Americans. The Foundation, ANA and the American Academy of Nursing are founding members of the Nurses on Boards Coalition.
For information, visit www.GiveToNursing.org.