Strategic partnership aims to get more nurses on boards




(Content provided by Chamberlain University College of Nursing)

Nurses uniquely qualified for boards

As we recognize National Nurses Week, I reflect on and celebrate the daily impact nurses have on so many lives. From wellness and disease prevention to advocacy for healthcare policy improvements and patient-centered care and safety, nurses are at the forefront of advancing the health of people, families, communities and nations.

Additionally, I salute the increasing number of nurses who step into leadership roles in hospitals and healthcare settings.

Nurses are uniquely qualified to turn their field-tested experiences and decision-making skills into leadership roles. They can use their influence to help reduce medical errors, improve quality of care, reduce costs and increase access to healthcare. Boards of hospitals and other healthcare organizations can benefit from the unique perspective of nurses who can help them improve health and create efficient and effective healthcare systems at the local, state and national levels.

However, according to recent statistics reported by Trustee magazine, an American Hospital Association publication, the vast majority of the nation’s hospitals and health systems do not have a nurse on their boards. While America has 3.6 million nurses, only 5% of the nation’s hospitals have a nurse as a trustee or that serves on a board.

While America has 3.6 million nurses, only 5% of the nation’s hospitals have a nurse as a trustee or that serves on a board.

A strategic partnership

Chamberlain University’s College of Nursing and the Nurses on Boards Coalition announced the culmination of our year-long work developing a long-term strategic partnership. Chamberlain aims to assist the coalition’s goal of ensuring at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by 2020 and raise awareness that boards can benefit from the presence of nurses.

This Founding Strategic Partnership has two crucial goals that will work in aiding the cause:

1-Increase awareness of the significant impact nurses can have on healthcare through service on boards at every level.

2-Co-create programs to help nurses develop the competencies and readiness to serve on boards.

Chamberlain has committed to supporting the work of the coalition for a minimum of five years and will collaborate with the coalition to accomplish the organization’s goals.

Many of Chamberlain’s own nurse leaders serve in leadership roles for various organizations. Through this initiative, more nurses will have the support and encouragement they need through new programs that improve their leadership skills and competencies.

The partnership exemplifies Chamberlain’s vision, mission and purpose of empowering extraordinary nurses to step into leadership roles and have a significant impact on healthcare from the bedside to the boardroom.

Through this initiative, more nurses will have the support and encouragement they need through new programs that improve their leadership skills and competencies.

The healthcare industry is continually changing. Through partnerships like these, we will continue to see the impact that can be made as nurses elevate their roles and make contributions that help build a culture of health.

If you are a nurse and already serving on a board, please make sure you register on the NOBC’s site at nursesonboardscoalition.org.

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About the author
Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN 

Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is national president for Chamberlain College of Nursing.

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