Promoting Nursing Leadership

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


Goal and Impact

Nurses offer a unique perspective of the consumer, family, and community. That is why nurses at all levels need to recognize the value of their distinctive knowledge 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.


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 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 50 the number of nurses on the boards of its member organizations.

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.

  • Percentage of hospital boards with RN members

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Related Resources:

  1. Summaries of 2019 Campaign Regional Meetings

    Jan 01, 2020

    The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action held three regional meetings last summer and fall to compliment meetings of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030. Each meeting focused on a different topic: innovation, healthier more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities, Improving Access to Care, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Tools & Tips: Future of Nursing 2030, Meetings,

  2. Percentage of hospital boards with RN members

    Jul 07, 2019

    The graph below shows the percent of hospital boards with RN members. These data expand on Dashboard Indicator 5: Leadership, used to measure the Campaign’s progress toward ensuring that leadership positions are available to and filled by nurses. View the Campaign for more

    Issues: Promoting Nursing Leadership, Tools & Tips: Dashboard Indicators, Location: National,


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