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, to increase the number of nurses serving on national boards of directors.
The ANF’s 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 coalition’s work groups focused on board appointments.
“This grant aligns with the Hillman Foundation’s commitment to improving lives through nursing,” Ahrin Mishan, executive director of the foundation, said in 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.
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