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The United States is indisputably one of the world’s wealthiest nations.
Yet a 2019 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that our country continues to lag behind comparable countries in certain health outcomes, quality of health care, and access to health services.
Thanks to efforts from organizations such as the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), there are more nurses at the decision-making table to address the nation’s health care issues.
The groundbreaking 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommended increasing the number of nurses in decision-making roles on boards and commissions focused on improving health. In response, 21 national nursing organizations gathered to form NOBC in November of 2014.
This collective, nationwide effort to place nurses on boards was inspired by the recognition that nurses have a wealth of clinical, patient, and systems knowledge that can enable health care organizations to achieve their missions. Aligned with this understanding, NOBC’s vision is to have nurses fill at least 10,000 seats on boards and other influential decision-making bodies by 2020. Through its initiatives, the coalition is raising awareness that nurses bring a unique perspective to boards at the local, state, and national levels.
Laurie Benson, BSN, executive director of NOBC, explains that the coalition has developed five strategic imperatives to keep the group focused on achieving its vision. These goals are:
A snapshot of statistics from April 15, 2019, tells a captivating story:
“We’ve made great progress in all areas, and word is continuing to spread about the valuable impact that nurses deliver in the boardroom,” says Benson. “We have learned much over the last year as we continue to evolve as an organization. We are committed to continuous improvement and stewardship as our reach, scale, and impact accelerate in support of our goals and our mission.”
The support of nearly 30 national nursing and advocacy association members and over 50 strategic partners and sponsors has been instrumental to NOBC’s positive momentum.
Capella University became a founding strategic partner of NOBC in 2017.
To help spread the word about NOBC and its continuing progress, Capella has enthusiastically sponsored a number of activities and initiatives to support the coalition, including:
In the past year, NOBC leaders have tapped into their far-reaching network of nursing industry influencers and thought leaders to recommend two outstanding candidates for Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board. The advisory board members provide key insights into market trends and desired competencies for the schools, supporting Capella’s goal of developing leading-edge curricula to empower learners to be successful in the workforce.
In addition to benefiting their community and the lives of so many others, nurses also receive personal and professional value from board service which engages their talents, experiences, and interests. If you’re interested in joining a board but don’t know where to start – or already serve on a board and wanted to be counted – take the time today to register with NOBC. The work you do truly can be life-changing.
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