Oregon Nurses On Boards

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The Oregon Nurses on Boards (ONOB) was a grant-funded initiative, supported by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) in conjunction with the Oregon Action Coalition (OAC). It was created through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional support from the 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.

The ONOB program had a single aim: to significantly raise the number of nursing professionals across Oregon who serve on nonprofit, corporate, and governmental boards. This goal aligned with a national effort, created in response to the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which encouraged nurses to pursue leadership roles. This initiative also supported the national Nurses on Boards Coalition, which sought to place 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020.

Here is a sampling of some of our favorite resources and tools developed out of the Oregon Nurses on Boards program.

Boards Need Nurses

Boards Need Nurses

As highly-skilled health professionals, nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system and their unique skills can be used on any board as well.Consider these skills*: A holistic view. RNs recognize the implications of decisions on others. Compatibility. Nurses...

A Nurse’s Strategic Thinking

A Nurse’s Strategic Thinking

A professional nurse is many things: diligent, communicative, unflinching in her standards of professionalism; empathic, detail-oriented, quick-thinking. Effective nurses think strategically, aware of the long view even as they are laser-focused on the details....

Types of Boards

Types of Boards

Exploring the different kinds of boards where a nurse may participate may feel overwhelming at first. There are several types, and the purpose of each — as well as members’ roles, responsibilities, and even their naming conventions — isn’t always consistent. What...

How To Choose a Board

How To Choose a Board

Nurses embarking on a path to board service will be served well with some focused goal- and intention-setting in order to land their first position as a trustee, director or committee seat. The process may take time, so it’s a good idea to plan your journey. But how...

Dos and Don’ts of Board Service

Dos and Don’ts of Board Service

Being a good board member requires a little knowledge beforehand. As a new director, you’ll be soon learning a lot. In the meantime, following are five “dos” and five “don’ts” to help you get yourself ready for board service.Be prepared. Whether for a nonprofit or for...

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