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National Coalition Launches Effort to Place 10,000 Nurses on Governing Boards by 2020

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CEO Donna Meyer attended the Nurses on Board Coalition Meeting July 7-8, 2015 in Washington DC. As one of the founding 21 member organizations for the Nurses on Boards Coalition, OADN has been involved since its inception. This important work continues in advancing the goal of transforming health and health care through nursing’s leadership on various organizational boards in this country.

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WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2014) – The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing is pleased to be a founding member of Nurses on Boards Coalition, of national nursing organizations will work to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. “Without a nurse trustee, boards lack an authority on the patient experience, quality and safety, and the largest part of the hospital workforce,” Trustee Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, wrote recently.

The Nurses on Boards Coalition will implement a national strategy aimed at bringing nurses’ valuable perspective to governing boards and national and state commissions with an interest in health. The goal is to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans.

The effort is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP as part of their collaborative effort to implement the recommendations of the IOM report through the Future of Nursing:Campaign for Action.

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Members of the coalition

Other organizations may choose to be a part of this important and historic coalition going forward:


American Academy of Nursing

American Assembly For Men in Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Nurses Association

American Nurses Foundation

American Organization of Nurse Executives

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association

Association of Public Health Nurses

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

National Black Nurses Association

National League For Nursing

National Student Nurses Association

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sigma Theta Tau International


The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action seeks to promote healthier lives, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. An initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign works with Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia to implement the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations. Our vision is to ensure that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. The Campaign is coordinated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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