Today, amid a complex and changing healthcare environment, just four percent of hospital board members are nurses. Yet, nurses have a better understanding of daily operations and can bring great insight to how decisions affect the work required in complicated health care settings.
Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, leading voice in nursing board leadership, hoped to change these statistics and inspire nurses to accept responsibility for representing their peers at the board level. Before she succumbed to cancer in 2014, she completed work on her final book, Nurse on Board: Planning Your Path to the Boardroom.
One of the main factors hindering nurses’ career advancement is their tendency to take for granted the skills they can bring to a leadership position. Nurses are generally the largest group of employees within health care organizations and are the biggest budget item. In Nurse on Board, Curran laid out action steps to enable nurses to learn more about the role of a board member, further their knowledge and skill set, and ultimately take charge of stepping up to board service.
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