Grant Project Name: Oregon Nurses on Strategic Healthcare Boards
Lead Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Funding Amount: $146,000
Additional Matching Funds: $76,000
Additional Funding Partners: Oregon Center for Nursing, Legacy Health System, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, and Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC 


In 2015, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) received a State Implementation Grant (SIP) from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to encourage and prepare nurses to serve on boards in Oregon. This project is a collaboration between OCN and the Oregon Action Coalition.

A nurse’s voice is an important contribution to any board.  Their knowledge of patients, families and communities in Oregon is indispensable, and their perspective and insight is crucial to improving our healthcare system.  Both nurses and health care providers need to understand that involving nurses in leadership positions will contribute toward better care and healthier lives for all Oregonians.   Everyone benefits when nurses are present as decisions are made, not just in health care settings, but also in our communities, schools, government and business organizations.

The three main goals of the Nurses on Boards program are:

  • Gather current data about the number of nurses serving on boards in Oregon
  • Organize leadership and board training conferences for nurses around the state
  • Provide online resources to help advance nurses to leadership and board positions in the future

To learn more about upcoming Nurses on Boards workshops and conferences, please visit OCN’s Calendar of Events page.

For more information on how to get involved in this important work or make sure your voice is heard, visit the Nurses on Boards online toolkit.