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Nurses on Boards

A National Imperative

Graystone, Rebecca, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 3 - p 111–112
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000720
Departments: Magnet® Perspectives

Nurses are a natural fit for board service. They represent the biggest segment of the healthcare workforce, consistently rank as the nation's most trusted profession, and play a huge role on the frontlines of healthcare. Why, then, are so few nurses serving on boards today? This month's Magnet® Perspectives column examines a nationwide effort to address this gap. We explore the benefits of board service for nurses, their hospitals, and their communities and identify opportunities for chief nursing officers (CNOs) to incorporate board work into their existing programs.

Author Affiliation: Director, Magnet Recognition Program®, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Maryland.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Graystone, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (

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