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Read about new resources to help nurses join hospital boards, see what's new on the RWJF Human Capital blog and the Initiative on the Future of Nursing website, and more.

    • February 26, 2012

Nurse Leaders in the Boardroom

An article published in the January/February 2012 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management notes that just 6 percent of hospital board members are nurses, even though many of the skills and competencies recommended for board leadership are used daily by nurse leaders in their work. The authors are Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) senior adviser for nursing Susan B. Hassmiller and John Combes. Read the article and learn about a new resource for aspiring nurses leaders in the boardroom from the Center to Champion Nursing in America.

Nursing on the Human Capital Blog

The RWJF Human Capital blog carries nursing news and perspectives several times each week. Among the many nursing posts in February: a look at the impact of scope of practice laws by Mark V. Pauly of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative; a reflection on the impact of offering nursing students the chance to work at a local food bank by Montana-based RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Laura Larsson; a Valentine’s Day-themed post on Why I Love Being Nurse Faculty by Connie Kartoz of the RWJF New Jersey Nursing Initiative; and a piece by New Careers in Nursing scholar Karen Jennings about moving in a “whole new direction” to become a nurse. See all the nursing posts here.

Initiative on the Future of Nursing Web Site

Read about the state Action Coalitions that are working to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking nursing report, as part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action—and check back on March 6 to see the announcement of new state-based Action Coalitions. Stay up-to-date on Campaign for Action activities and events. Visit the website and sign up for e-updates.

Read Past Issues of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge

Read previous and archived issues of this newsletter, including an in-depth story on RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows working on Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future projects around the country, a Q&A with RWJF’s Susan B. Hassmiller, and a profile of Jamie Kamailani Boyd, a 2011 RWJF Community Health Leader who helps disadvantaged and native Hawaiians become nurses’ aides. Visit the homepage for Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

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