Promoting Nursing Leadership

For our nation to be its healthiest, nurses should serve in leadership positions.


The Goal

In a world in which the health care system is more complex and all play increasingly interdependent roles, nurses have a unique knowledge of the consumer, family, and community. That is why nurses at all levels need to understand the value of their distinctive perspectives and be trained for leadership roles, while community organizations, business leaders, and health care providers need to understand the crucial insights nurses bring.


The community and consumers alike benefit when nurses take on leadership roles in full partnership with physicians and other health professionals. And it’s not just health care settings: Communities, schools, boards, and political and business organizations achieve more when nurses have a voice in making decisions.

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  1. Breakthrough Leader in Nursing to Speak at White House-Hosted Conference

    Monica R. McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor at the Family Health Care Nursing Department at the University of California, San Francisco, will speak—fast—in a lightning talk at the more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities,   Increasing Diversity,   Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: California,   Pennsylvania,  

  2. “Nurse Leaders Will Deliver in the Boardroom”

    Two nurses who have sat on many a board write for the Governance Institute about why others—many others—must do the same. Meanwhile, speaking up in Becker’s Hospital Review are two others also more

    Issues: Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: National,  

  3. U.S. Rep. Lois Capps Bids Farewell to Congress, Not to Nursing

    After 18 years, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps of California uses the recent renewal by Congress of legislation that improves people’s access to high-quality care by nurses as a springboard to say goodbye. more

    Issues: Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: California,   National,  

  4. Arizona Leader Receives Legend in Nursing Award

    For the first time in five years, the March of Dimes Arizona chapter has bestowed its Legend in Nursing Award. The honoree: Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CAE, co-leader of the Arizona Action Coalition and more

    Issues: Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: Arizona,  

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Promoting Nursing Leadership


To improve the health of communities and the nation, national organizations collaborated to form the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) with a goal of ensuring placement of 10,000 nurses on boards and other influential bodies by 2020. The NOBC, which includes conveners AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and 19 nursing organizations, is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that nurses play a more pivotal role as decision-makers on boards and commissions.

In addition, most of the Campaign’s Action Coalitions have leadership or mentorship programs. In 2014, the Campaign introduced Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing, a scholarship program that has selected 20 nurses each year so far to attend intensive training at the Center for Creative Leadership. Also, the Campaign’s Champion Nursing Coalition, comprising large national companies, has increased from 10 to 45 the number of nurses on the boards of its member organizations.

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This graph is a part of the Campaign for Action Dashboard, a series of charts and graphs that show goals by which the Campaign evaluates its efforts to implement recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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  1. Nurse Leaders in Action: Supporting Family Caregivers through the CARE Act

    Oct 10, 2016

    Join AARP thought leaders and nursing leaders from around the country to talk about nurses supporting family caregivers. Learn how the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act is designed to ensure that family caregivers are well equipped to take care of their loved more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Tools & Tips: Webinars, Location: National,

  2. Successes in Advancing Health and Health Care Through Nursing

    Aug 08, 2016

    This two-page document offers an overview of successes on multiple fronts in advancing health and health care through nursing, and can be used as a handout at meetings or events. This document is updated regularly to reflect the latest progress and accomplishments, so more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities, Improving Access to Care, Increasing Diversity, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Transforming Nursing Education, Tools & Tips: Communications and marketing, Milestones, Organizational excellence, Location: National,